It’s official: one of Townsville’s favourite monthly events of 2016 will make a triumphant return tonight with a new name, new owners, and new opportunities for musicians.
Pop Up Food Trucks Townsville will debut at North Shore’s Town Square from 5pm today, featuring the same great street food but with a new partnership with Townsville Rocks Internet Radio set to add to the atmosphere.
Event co-organiser Cliff ‘CK’ Kern said the introduction of live music would only improve the already popular event.
“It was one of the first things [fellow organiser Jono Pearson and I] thought about when growing on the previous event. There was no music. Live music adds such an amazing ambience to gatherings, and Townsville is brimming with so much local talent, what better way to showcase it?” CK said.
CK and Jono have taken over as event managers for the popular food truck events; which were at risk of driving out of town.
“Jono and I were having coffee and talking about the prospect of the ‘trucks’ not being in Townsville and we couldn’t have it. Townsville needs this stuff to move forward… plus we absolutely love food!”
The rebirth of local food truck events also includes a larger variety of locations outside the CBD.
“We want people to be able to walk from their homes, have delicious food with their neighbours and bring suburbs together. Community is so important for Townsville, more now than ever with all the crime going on. Plus Townsville has some amazing parks, we should be out enjoying every one of them!”
Townsville Rocks Owner/ DJ Darren ‘Wildy’ Burgess said the opportunity to showcase local talent at the food truck events would be an important way to support local music.
“I work with CK and we got to talking and I mentioned getting some local talent for the Pop Up Food Trucks and CK was keen as mustard,” said Wildy.
“Townsville has amazing local talent we need to encourage and support our local musos as much as possible so we ensure a vibrant live music culture into the future. Townsville Rocks is currently building a second Kombi as a mobile stage so we can pop up anywhere anytime.
“Local musos can have their music played on Townsville Rocks Internet Radio or send a bio for upcoming events to firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Eat your heart out at Pop Up Food Trucks’ debut in North Shore’s Town Square tonight from 5pm, with live music from Jason Clark.