By Jessica Crabtree
Live music, art, activities for kids of all ages and the alluring aroma of diverse food from 50 food trucks is a Saturday in June well spent. The fourth annual event held at the downtown square in Graham, Texas, is as unique as the town that hosts it. The Graham Convention and Visitors Bureau and more than 250 volunteers welcome visitors to their town for the annual Food Truck Championship of Texas, as well as showcase all Graham has to offer.
Making the trip, visitors can enjoy the FTC, shop local at various boutiques and stay to get a taste of all Graham’s delectable eating establishments. Besides hospitality, food and fun, Graham boasts America’s largest downtown square, a whopping one mile in complete radius from start to finish, giving it all the more room to entertain guests.
The Food Truck Championship was created around the idea of incorporating food with fun. “With that in mind we stepped into the food truck phenomenon and the event blossomed from there,” Manager of Graham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jenea Knight explained.
After the initial design, a date was picked, the first Saturday of every June. This year that date is June 2. “This event was founded as a fun, family event. We looked through the lenses of visitors, wanting to create a fun experience and improve upon it every year,” Knight said. From the first year on, Knight and her staff of volunteers have planned and executed those details to a streamlined process, making the event go as smoothly as possible.
The impressive event invites food truck vendors from all over to create and supply their very best food items for visitors to enjoy. From those food items, the trucks will be judged and a champion will be crowned. “We allow for 50 slots. Several apply and there is a process to choosing,” Knight elaborated. Liking variety, the Graham CVB has shared the square with vendors preparing barbecue, tacos, Asian food, Thai food, high-end burgers, dessert vendors and even taco ice cream truck vendors.
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