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Last month, the city of Dayton welcomed the first Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally. The rally consisted of eight food trucks and three local brewing companies, as well as a mobile retail shop and a local baker. Yellow Cab is now preparing for a second rally on Friday, Aug. 8.
“We had hoped for nice weather and everything to go smoothly,” said Brian Johnson, one of the rally’s organizers. While the organizers hoped for roughly 1,000 people to attend the July 11 rally, their initial expectations were exceeded with 1,700 attendees.
The inspiration for the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rally came to Johnson and his fellow organizers after seeing a growing interest in food truck rallies in the Dayton region. Johnson said the rally is a great opportunity to support both the movement and the local businesses in downtown Dayton.
Following the success of the first rally, the team of organizers and volunteers are looking to make an even better event for August. There will be more food trucks in attendance and a children’s area is being added. Two live folk bands, The Great Wide Open and Whiskey for Kids, will also be playing throughout the rally. Newcomers are encouraged to participate in the “picnic-like” vibe of the rally by bringing blankets and lawn chairs.
The first rally took around two months to prepare, but now that the team of organizers have a template for the event, it has become much easier to put the rally together.
“We plan to continue this event monthly, at least through October and starting again in March,” Johnson said.
The next rally will take place Friday, Aug. 8, at 700 E. 4th Street in downtown Dayton from 5-10 p.m.
At least 11 trucks will be in attendance: Voodoo Taco Company, The Shakery Juice Bar, Hunger Paynes Food Truck, Harvest Mobile Cuisine El Meson, Cheeky Meat Pies, Kowalski Hots, Horseless Buggy Eatery, G’s CUE BBQ, Mohawk Freestyle Grill Food Truck and McNasty’s.
For more information, visit the Yellow Cab Food Truck Rallies Facebook page or yellowcabfoodtrucks.wordpress.com.