Do you love our Food Truck Rodeos but crave something a little more intimate, with no long lines? Then give Trucks From The Market a try! It’s a private ticketed affair, (part of the Meals From The Market series) Sunday, September 28, where you sample food from 17 of the Triangle’s best food trucks. You can even SHARE your $50 ticket with a friend or two. https://durhamcentralpark.org/events/meals-from-the-market/meals-2014/
Food Truck map, so you can plot your course and choose from 50 local trucks. Limited number of hard copies will also be available Sunday at DCP welcome table. Need more info? https://www.facebook.com/events/490872007677447/
Art of Cool announces festival schedule
The Art of Cool Festival this week released the schedule of venues for local and guest artists who will perform at the inaugural festival April 25 and 26. Twenty-two local and guest artists will perform at nine outdoor and indoor festival venues.
The festival begins at 4 p.m. Aug. 25 with a free concert in Durham Central Park. Artists scheduled to perform during this free block are Raleigh-based Peter Lamb and the Wolves, the North Carolina Central University Jazz Combo, vocalist Yolanda Rabun, blues harmonica player Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, and the Kidznotes Jazz Ensemble.
Thanks WRAL! A great weekend is in store for Durham and Durham Central Park. For full article visit http://www.wral.com/food-truck-rodeo-mardi-gras-kickoff-lead-weekend-best-bets/13313129/
Durham is the place to be this weekend with the year’s first food truck rodeo, a Mardi Gras kickoff party and more!
It is time for the first Durham Food Truck Rodeo of 2014. More than 40 trucks, including Chirba Chirba, Pie Pushers, Porchetta and Sarge’s, will be on hand at Durham Central Park from noon to 4 p.m. There will also be some local beer from Fullsteam and live music. Weather permitting, the lawn will be full of man-made snow for sledding. Bring a lawn chair and blanket and enjoy the afternoon.
Durham is getting into the carnival spirit Saturday night with a Mardi Gras kickoff party at The Pinhook. There will be music from The Bulltown Strutters and fire dancers. The event is also an official launch party for the Durham Mardi Gras parade Indiegogo campaign. Each year this walking parade heads through downtown Durham on Fat Tuesday evening. The crowd-funding project money will be used for decorations, beads, city permits and music. The parade and block party are free to join.
By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall
Durham Central Park announced this week that its Winter Food Truck Rodeo on Jan. 26 also will include a sledding hill.
Durham parks and recreation will transform the Great Lawn, which is the open green space that climbs the hill between The Leaf and The Skate Park, into a winter wonderland with artificial snow for sledding, according to a press release. There will be a section at the bottom of the hill for younger kids to play, build snow forts and make snow angels.
The rodeo, from noon to 4 p.m., Jan. 26, will gather 40 of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks under Durham Central Park’s Pavilion and along Foster Street. Among the trucks scheduled to attend: Dusty Donuts, American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Fosters, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger.
Fullsteam Brewery will have beer and there will be some live music too.
The Food Truck Rodeo is rain or shine. The snow and sledding will depend on the weather. Durham Central Park is at 501 Foster St. in Durham.
Food Truck Rodeo first-timer? That’s great! DO come, it’s a blast! 12:30-4:30 p.m. this Sunday, at Durham Central Park. There’s live music, a DJ, and activities for kids, too. Bring a chair or blanket, ATM is on site and most trucks accept credit cards. We’ll post a map soon to help plot your course between your choice of nearly 60 delicious, affordable, local choices:
Cakes by Caren
Chai’s Global Street Food
Chez Moi Bakery
Chirba Chirba Dumpling
CJ’s Street Food
Crossroads Kettle Corn
D’Burritos Fresh Mex
Favor Desserts Bakery
Foster’s on the Fly
the Humble Pig
JAM Soft Serve Ice Cream
Liv’s Food Truck
LoYo On The Go
Not Just Icing
Paws 4 Eva
Roll Dog Express
Stoke and Smoke BBQ
Sunset Slush of North Raleigh
Sweet and Savory Express
Sweet Traditions by LeAne
Sympathy for the Deli
Time-Out Food Truck
Triangle Raw Foods
Valentino’s Food Truck
Will and Pops
Over a nine week period we had a total of 19 meals.
Meals ranged from an intimate dinner for 8 to a private food truck rodeo for 135.
Prices ranged from $20 for a chili block party to $100 for gourmet dinner parties.
There were 536 tickets sold for just over $26,800. Best of all, we have many new friends who participated this year for the first time.
Our widely-circulated Meals from the Market booklet attracted ads bringing in additional dollars. After expenses, the 2013 Meals from the Market brought in just over $32,000.00! These dollars will go directly to Durham Central Park, Inc. for managing and developing the wonderful green space in downtown Durham, including the Pavilion at Durham Central Park.
This year we are also proud to report that an additional $612 were earned for fellow non-profit Liberty Arts, the sculpture-casting facility in the heart of the park who co-hosted the eighth annual Pig Pickin’ in the Park.
Enthusiasm for further developing “Wanderland” on the east side of the the park is growing. Plans for the next phase, “Mt. Merrill,” were showcased at the meals and were well received.
It’s fun to enjoy great food and conversation and make the park a better place all at the same time!
Thanks to everyone who participated. We couldn’t continue to make Durham Central Park the wonderful place it is without your help.
The Bull City Bucket List Contest is a fun way to explore Durham and earn rewards. The more you experience, the greater the rewards.
The process is simple:
- Signup at BCBucketList.com
- Complete a Bucket List Item
- Upload a picture of your Experience to Twitter or Instragram, hashtag #BCBucketList
- Get rewards!
Bucket List Items at DCP include attending major events—like our acclaimed Food Truck Rodeo (Sept. 1st) or our free Warehouse Blues Concert Series (July 26 & August 2)—and visiting the Durham Farmers’ Market (every saturday morning).
Get out there and experience Durham!
Last week local band Jo Gore & The Alternative kicked off the 2013 Warehouse Blues concert series; four Fridays of free live music in Durham Central Park.
Tonight, Friday July 19th, the series continues with the Mudbones Blues Review. There will be food trucks and sweets, as well as beer from Bull City Burger & Brew.
All concerts are from 5:30 to 7:30PM at the Pavilion in Durham Central Park. Bring a chair or a blanket to come enjoy some of the best music Durham has to offer, and it’s totally free! Dancing is also encouraged!
More information can be found on our Upcoming Events: Warehouse Blues page.
The series is sponsored by the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Arts Fund and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of Cultural Resources.
In their continuing series, Bullish on Durham, Durham County Library is hosting a discussion panel about the history and impact of our wonderful park. Moderated by our own Dan Jewell, the panel will feature our illustrious co-founders Allen Wilcox and Curt Eshelman who saw a barren patch of land and envisioned the vibrant community space we are today.
We’re honored by the event and hope you can make it out to join in the discussion.
Saturday, June 8, 3pm
Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro Street
Free and open to the public