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Should Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays Be Extended Indefinitely?

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays could end this fall.

Since they first began in July, Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays have been regarded as a runaway success both in Smyrna and beyond. Now Smyrna city officials have to decide if the event should be extended indefinitely. 

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays even attracted the attention of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Food and More Blogger Jon Watson who was impressed by the more than 1,000 people in attendance at Smyrna Food Truck Tuesday calling it “more than I’d ever seen at any one ITP event.” 

“It was obvious that there is a need that they are filling within the community,” he said. 

But when Smyrna City Council approved Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays back in June they voted to permit the events through October. Now Council and city staff must decide if the event is worth continuing. 

Ward 3 Council Representative Teri Anulewicz thinks so. She’s posed the question to the constituents who follow her Ward 3 Facebook page and the said the response has been in favor of extending the event indefinitely.

“I would like to extend Food Truck Tuesdays indefinitely and frankly let market forces determine what happens,” she said. “In the winter as it gets colder, I have a feeling there are going to be people who come out on both ends. There are going to trucks who want to come out and there will be people who want to come out. I think it will be different, there won’t be the long lingering nights like we had in the summer and early fall, but I’m pretty sure residents would like to see this as an amenity that the city continues.”

Anulewicz said she thought most of her fellow Council Representatives would be in favor of extending the event indefinitely if it started at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. as the days grow shorter, however she added that the body has not formally discussed it yet.

Do you support extending Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays? Tell us in the comments.

Francie October 01, 2012 at 09:33 PM
We love Brawners as a venue..............really enjoy the healthy food and variety....would like to see more healthy foods given at the local festivals instead of "fair fare". Will attend until cold weather. Thanks to the organizer for your work.
Marley October 02, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Bettie, You never responded to my post last Thursday. Should I just come tomorrow? Thanks.
Bettie October 02, 2012 at 03:17 AM
You should contact me and get me all of your company's information to see if you would be a good fit. We are full for tomorrow. All of my contact information is on the Facebook page. Thank you, Bettie
Marley October 03, 2012 at 02:37 AM
You didn't say you were full in your first post to me. I Why would the city limit vendors if each brings in customers and that means more money for the city? I thought Food Truck Tuesdays was about bringing money to Smyrna. I would like to know more about your company. Please provide me with your company's info in this open forum. Thank you.
Bettie October 03, 2012 at 02:57 AM
The City is not limiting the number of vendors. However, there is an appropriate number of trucks for the size of our crowd. That number for now is 8 or 9 savory trucks and 3 dessert options. As the event planner it is my job to determine and organize each vendor and manage the relationships. It is also very important to me, to maintain the integrity of the event, much of my research in the food truck market has been derived from successful community food truck gatherings in cities like Seattle, Austin, LA and New York. While this is not an exact science I have done my very best to maintain the spirit of the 'food truck; culture. I would say based on the success of the event, attendance and exciting publicity we are doing a good job of that. My official business name is under EEC Events. As a 11 year Smyrna resident, it is my pleasure to work in partnership with the City and to have introduced this concept here in my home town. What is your name? I would love to know who I was talking to in this open forum as well. Do you live in Smyrna? Have you attended the event?

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