Urban Eats festival brings street food to Prescott May 21

Carly Bielecki with the Frites Street food truck from Phoenix hands Anne Marie Tayler a couple of orders of garlic fries Saturday afternoon Sept. 12 during the first Prescott Food Truck Festival at Mile High Middle School. Frites Street will be back in Prescott Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, for the Urban Eats festival.

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Carly Bielecki with the Frites Street food truck from Phoenix hands Anne Marie Tayler a couple of orders of garlic fries Saturday afternoon Sept. 12 during the first Prescott Food Truck Festival at Mile High Middle School. Frites Street will be back in Prescott Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, for the Urban Eats festival.

At Urban Eats

Food vendors

Affogato Shaved Ice

American Poutine

Burgers Amore

Fabio on Fire

Frites Street

JJ’s Louisiana BBQ

Kick’s Frozen Yogurt

Lulu’s Italian Water Ice

Montana BBQ

Nastee Dogs

Papa John’s

Queso Good

RockStar Hot Dogs

Round up Mini Donuts

Safari Samosa’s

Sally’s BBQ

Taste of Mexico

The Treatery

What’s Fresh (Sunday only)

White Eyes

Band schedule

Saturday, May 21

Noon: Funk Frequency

2 p.m.: Tramps and Thieves

4 p.m.: Black Bottom Lighters

Sunday, May 22

Noon: Trial by Fire

2 p.m.: Tramps and Thieves

4 p.m.: Black Moods

If you liked last fall’s food truck festival, you’ll love this weekend’s Urban Eats, event organizers say.

Vendors from both in and out of the Prescott area will join in a family-oriented food festival from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, at Prescott Mile High Middle School. Admission is $5.

Promoter Steve Gottlieb with Eagle Management and Events said Urban Eats will have a wider array of food from a greater number of vendors.

The weekend’s centerpiece – the 19 food vendors Saturday and 20 vendors Sunday – is all about on-site food.

“It’s everything from ice cream trucks to barbecue,” he said.

Gottlieb said it’ll be a lot of the same tastes and smells as the food truck festival.

“That grungy, street food, that’s what we’re going for,” he said.

One key difference from the food truck festival is food vendors don’t necessarily need to have a truck.

Instead of requiring an axel under the kitchen, food vendors have to do their food prep on site.

“For ribs, that means showing up four hours early to get started,” Gottlieb said.

While some vendors will be coming from outside the area, event-goers will see several businesses representing Yavapai County, including Nastee Dogs, Montana’s BBQ, Papa John’s, Safari Samosa’s and Sally’s BBQ grilled corn.

And that’s just the food.

The event also features three bands each day with performances at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup includes Funk Frequency, Tramps and Thieves, and Black Bottom Lighters. On Sunday, it’s Trial by Fire, Tramps and Thieves, Black Moods.

Gottlieb was quick to add the inflatables for both kids and adults, including a four-story inflatable.

For adults 21 and older, Urban Eats also features beer and margaritas, with a portion of alcohol proceeds going to Phoenix Children’s Miracle Network.

It’s a charity that’s near and dear to Gottlieb, who said Phoenix Children’s Miracle Network came to the rescue of his wife and son during a complicated pregnancy.

“It’s my way of giving back,” he said.

He thanked the events sponsors, including Tim’s Auto Group, Coca-Cola, The Flooring Shack and Hensley Beverage Company.

For event information, visit prescottevents.net.