SUNDAY 9/17. Main Street, Downtown Little Rock. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free; food for purchase.
Sometimes food trucks are a trial run, a sort of pipeline to brick and mortar, like in the case of El Sur, whose owners spent their first three years dishing Honduran food from the streets until they settled into the SoMa neighborhood for good. Other times, they’re a final destination, the perfect outlet for culinary wizards who know their speciality delicacies are best served in a mobile fashion. Either way, anybody who’s willing to endure the ridiculous heat of a small metal box in the Arkansas summer in order to do business must be serious about what they’re selling. This year’s festival — the 12th annual — promises over 60 food trucks as well as dozens of vendors hawking arts and crafts. Learn more about who’s participating here.
Cool side note: some of the proceeds from every beer purchased at the festival will go toward the Downtown Little Rock Partnership‘s Public Art Grant Program, which offers one-to-one matches with downtown businesses and property owners who want to enlist an artist to beautify their exterior walls.