Food truck festival returns after yearlong absence

This year sees first ice cream truck

After rain washed it out last year, The Prescott Food Truck Festival returns this weekend with plenty of food to go around.

This year’s festival sees food from White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread, GringoDillas, JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, Tukee’s Tamales, Jamburritos Cajun Grille, Cheesy Javelina, Aurelia’s Authentic Mexican Food, Hot Bamboo, Safari Samosas and Granite Mountain Smokehouse. There’s also an ice cream truck, called The Ice Cream Truck, for the first time this year, said Event Organizer Steve Gottlieb, noting he wanted to have it for both the kid element and how it it’s going to be on Saturday, Sept. 2. It’s forecasted to be about 85 degrees that day, Gottlieb said.

“I think it’s going to be a hot one,” he said. “It should be beautiful.”

Held at Mile High Middle School, 300 S. Granite St., on the football field from noon to 6 p.m., nothing at the festival costs more than $5, Gottlieb said. It costs $5 to get in, $5 for food items and $2 for food samples, he said.

There’ll also be live music by Funk Frequency from 1 to 3 p.m., a DJ the rest of the day, dancing, two bouncy castles and a beer garden, Gottlieb said.

“It’s just a fun food truck event … I’m looking forward to it,” he said, remarking that everything has come together “shockingly smoothly, which is scary.”

A portion of those proceeds is going to Meals on Wheels Prescott, Gottlieb said, commenting how much he enjoys being able to donate to charities. Plus, Meals on Wheels really helps the community in their providing meals to those unable to leave their house on a permanent or temporary basis, he said. It counters isolation too because sometimes, the volunteers are the only people the recipients come in contact with, Gottlieb said.

“They provide more than just food,” he said.