10 Reasons You Can’t Miss This Year’s Main Street Food Truck Festival

Are you a flannel-clad, PSL-drinking, festival-going fall lover? While you’re filling your calendar with all the festive events of the season, don’t forget fall’s must-attend event on the first Saturday of October: the Main Street Food Truck Festival. This year’s festival is going to be bigger and better than ever, with 45+ food trucks and tons of local vendors spanning five city blocks in Little Rock’s crowd-pleasing Creative Corridor.

“Last year we saw over 10,000 people come to Main Street in Little Rock to eat at the food trucks,” said Gabe Holmstrom, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. “This year we have even more trucks for people to choose from and are excited to show off all of the energy in the heart of downtown.”

A state-wide selection of food trucks will be parked along Main Street, from Salem’s No Buns BBQ to Pottsville’s Wok-n-Roll to Paron’s Cheto’s Authentic Mex. Local standbys such as Loblolly Creamery, Le Pops and The Southern Gourmasian will also be open for business.

In addition to local fare, visitors will enjoy Main Street’s revitalization and the emergence of the Creative Corridor, which is rapidly becoming a mixed-use, work-live environment focused on creativity and the arts.

“It’s amazing to me to see the people who love the city and who have gotten involved in plans for Main Street revitalization,” said Mayor Mark Stodola. “We all know that investment in Main Street is an investment in our future as a city. With over $100 million in investment in our new Main Street Creative Corridor, this year’s attendees will see a transformed Main Street!”

The Main Street Food Truck Festival is Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Street will be closed to motorist traffic from 3rd to 8th streets during the festival.


1. Record-breaking number of food trucks: The 2015 Main Street Food Truck Festival boasts a record-breaking 45+ food trucks, Cajun Creole from Almost Famous, healthy eats from The Clean Eatery, hand-dipped Italian ice from Repicci’s Italian Ice of Little Rock, burgers from BASH Burger Co and more. (See full food truck list below.) (image source)


2. Children’s activities: Your little ones can learn and play with Heifer International activities, which are designed to teach children about world poverty and the earth. (image source)


3. Local vendors: Festival vendors include handprints and shirts from Arkie Style, homemade dog treats from Deputy 5 Farms, games and gifts from Jeanne Bowers & Garrett, unique gifts using reclaimed or fallen trees from Luvimbug & Tim and more. (See full list of vendors below.) (image source)


4. Costume sale: Love the costumes you see all season at The Arkansas Repertory Theatre? Stop by Saturday morning to buy a costume from the Rep. (image source)


5. Beer gardens: Want to enjoy a cold beer with your food truck finds? Grab a beer from one of five well-stocked beer gardens at the festival. (image source)


6. Buskers on each block: Take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy street performers on every block along the way.


7. Giveaways: Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the day. This year, one lucky winner will go home with a locally produced PK Grill. (image source)

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8. Main Street Creative Corridor: Guests can enjoy Main Street’s revitalization in the Creative Corridor, which is the new home of Samantha’s Tap Room & Wood Grill, Bruno’s Italian Restaurant, local residents, Ballet Arkansas, pedestrian-friendly amenities and more.

MSFTF 2014 Street photo

9. National acclaim: The Main Street Food Truck Festival was named one of the “Best Food Truck Festivals in the United States” by vacationidea.com, which noted some of the festival’s specialty offerings: eggs benedict with smoked salmon, handmade mexican tamales and biscuits topped with paleo gravy.


10. Free admission: Admission is free! Experience the Creative Corridor, the buskers, the atmosphere abuzz with food truck excitement and more for no cost.

Food Truck Lineup

Almost Famous (Conway)-Cajun Creole

Banana Leaf (Little Rock)-Indian

BASH Burger Co (Benton)-Burgers

Beast Food Truck (Little Rock)-Paleo, farm to table

Blackhound BBQ (Jacksonville)-BBQ

Breaking Bread (Little Rock)-International beef dishes

Brunch-a-licious (Little Rock)-All American

Bryant’s BBQ & Catering (Little Rock)-BBQ and Caribbean

Café 7181 (Benton)-Specialty coffees

Cheto’s Authentic Mex (Paron)-Mexican

The Clean Eatery (Little Rock)-Healthy eats, salads, sandwiches

Derby Farms (Fort Smith)-Sugar-free, gluten-free

Eat My Catfish (Benton)-Catfish, chicken & shrimp

El Buen Gusto (Benton)-Hispanic food

El Cubano Loco (Little Rock)-Cuban

Excaliburger (Little Rock)-Gourmet burgers & chicken sandwiches

Fathead BBQ Etc (Alexander)-BBQ pork, chicken & catfish

The Food Commander (Hazen)-Slaw burgers, redneck nachos, twisters (Note: Have bottled salsa now selling in 5 states)

Fork in the Road (Little Rock)-Gourmet American

Garrett’s Funnel Cakes & More (Hot Springs)-Cotton candy, funnel cakes

Hall’s Southern Express (Sherwood)- Southern food , deep fried chicken & dressing, oxtail soup

Haygood’s BBQ Concession (Little Rock)-BBQ

Hot Rod Wieners (Austin)-Gourmet hot dogs

Jackie’s Mobile Café (Little Rock)-Southern American cuisine, old fashioned burgers

Katmandu Momo (Little Rock)-Nepalese dumplings

King Blvd (Little Rock)-Willy burgers & Little Rock Philly’s

Kona Ice of WLR (Conway)- Tropical shaved ice

Kristina’s Hawaiian Ice (Maumelle)-Shaved ice & fruit smoothies

La Herradura Mexican Food (Little Rock)-Mexican

Le Pops (Little Rock)-Gourmet popsicles

Loblolly Creamery (Little Rock)-Handmade ice cream

Luncheria Mexicana Alicia (Little Rock)-Mexican

No Buns BBQ (Salem)-BBQ cooked with Ozark wood

Official’s Catering (Hot Springs)-Soul food

The Pie Hole (Little Rock)-Homemade pies & baked goods

Red River Catering (Judsonia)-BBQ, catfish & sliders

Repicci’s Italian Ice of Little Rock (Little Rock)-Hand dipped Italian ice

Roxie’s Hot Dogs (Jacksonville)-Polish sausage, hot dogs & frito pie

Slader’s Alaskan Dumpling Co (Searcy)-Alaskan dumplings

Southern Fusion Food (Little Rock)-Chicken, steak, shrimp kabobs

The Southern Gourmasian (Little Rock)-Southern Asian specialties

Southern Salt Food Company (Little Rock)-Asian BBQ & Southern fusion

Stevie’s Fish & Chix (North Little Rock)-Stuffed wings, fried chicken, fish & pork chops

Taquiera Jalisco San Juan (Little Rock)-Mexican

Tiger Q BBQ (Pangburn)-BBQ

Tommy’s Grill (Little Rock)-All American: burger, chicken, catfish, BBQ

Wok-n-Roll (Pottsville)-Southeast Asian, lotus blossom cookies

Yvette’s Sandwiches (Searcy)-BBQ: Rib & Baby back slabs

Festival Vendors

Allison Eastman Britt Design (Hot Springs)-Artesian jewelry

Arkie Style (North Little Rock)-Handprints & shirts

Art by Lois-Painted by Fire (Alexander)-Handmade pottery, porcelain, jewelry, drawings

Bella Vita Artisan Jewelry (Little Rock)-One of a kind vintage jewelry

Bijou Booth (Little Rock)-Jewelry

Boho Coast by E. Louise (Benton)-Hand painted salvaged wood & burlap décor

CC Creations (Little Rock)

Citizen Unbound (Conway)-Global imports, jewelry, clothing, art

Coco Luna Designs (North Little Rock)-Jewelry, ceramic sculpture, mixed media wind chimes

Crow & Arrow Shop (Little Rock)-Jewelry with gemstones & other artifacts

Deputy 5 Farms (Fort Smith)-Homemade dog treats, natural fruit butters, sugar free

Jane’s Girl Creations (North Little Rock)-Matted digital prints of original art, mixed media paintings, jewelry, heat pressed clothes

Jeanne Bowers & Garrett (Bryant)-Games and gifts

K Green Goods (Little Rock)-Handmade napkins, linens & aprons; dog bandanas and dog & cat toys

Luvmibug & Tim (Little Rock)-Woodworks (unique gifts) using reclaimed or fallen trees

Stonerose Group (Little Rock)-Handmade boutique clothing; talent scout

Wemo Partnership (Sherwood)-Dresses, totes, tater bags & blankets

Ximena & Elle (Little Rock)-Hand knitted clothing & accessories, baby items and felted soaps; handmade yarn

1 Comment

  1. by Susie Coleman on September 30, 2015  1:26 pm

    As a 4 time art/craft vendor I was happy to read your article on our favorite local festival and tada...you featured one of our items in the "Local Vendors" section: Luvmibug & Tim. Thanks for the feature and we are so looking forward to this year's event. Fantastic write up...I have shared in all my media places. :-)

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