Not Exactly a Fleet of Food Trucks, but Many Mobile and Pop-Up Vendors To Sell Fare at Closing Day of Art in October

Arts District executive director Veletta Lill remains true to her word. Dallas' biggest booster for food trucks promised there would be mobile food vendors selling their fare during the Arts in October celebration and especially at the Sunday, October 31 Closing Day of Art in October event. City of Ate assumed she meant more than Green House Truck and City Street Grille, both of which have been covered on this blog. We were right! Other mobile food vendors will be joining Green House and City Street Grille at the closing festivities' Street Fair on Flora Street between Olive and Pearl Streets.

Chi'Lantro is coming all the way from Austin, a city that has a booming mobile food vendor scene and will sell Korean-Mexican vittles such as Korean tacos. You know, the biggest food fad in food trucks that was unleashed by Roy Choi of Kogi BBQ? We've munched Chi'Lantro's tacos and were pleased to not be disappointed by the hype. The spicy pork taco and kimchi fries are two of Chi'Lantro's most popular menu items.

Hot Box, a trailer from McKinney, will be selling food - including some food for dogs, Lill tells City of Ate in an e-mail. She further noted, "We are open to more food trucks, however, many of them want to stay at their home bases in places like Austin rather than travel far, and few are currently running in Dallas because of codes. Food trucks are truly local businesses with local followers and favorite locations."

Comestibles from Squeals on Wheels, Screen Door's pushcart, will be available for purchase at the One Arts Plaza Block Party.

Aside from the mobile food vendors, there will be pop-up vendors, "including a crepe stand, a stand with fresh lemonade and juices, Urban Acres, Greek stand, a stand selling elotes, and one selling 'carnival food' (turkey legs, cotton candy, etc.)," says Catherine Nodruft, Arts District marketing coordinator. Admission to the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art will be free. There will be live music, costume contests, face painting and other family-oriented activities. There will be cooking competitions as well as cooking demonstrations and tastings offered by chefs from Fedora, Jorge's, Tei An and the Screen Door. Farmers Market vendors will also have their stock available for purchase.

More info about the Closing Day of Art in October, which will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., can be found here.

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