Food Truck Thursday deemed huge success

AMBOY – When Kirstyn Carter contacted food trucks and vendors about an event she was planning, she didn’t think it would be successful.

To her surprise, Food Truck Thursday from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 was a hit for foodies, the cuisine preparers, and the location, the Amboy Depot Musuem.

“I have a food page on Facebook called Just Another Food Page. I’ve had comments from people before about putting something like this together,” Carter said. “I received another suggestion and decided I’m just going to run with it and see what I can come up with. I ended up with 10 different vendors.

“I can’t tell you how many people were there. It blew my mind. I thought it was going to be a flop but it was the complete opposite. All the trucks pretty much sold out of everything.”

The 10 food trucks or vendors at the first ever event like this in Amboy were Tacos Guzman, Brothers Daryl, Philly Factory, Deebo’s, Southwest Food Truck, Sweet Butts Cotton Candy, Main Squeeze, Chill Shack, Homegrown in Illinois, and HoneyBee Apiary.

For Carter, who is a secretary at Amboy High School and is married to Jason Carter with two sons, Landon and Liam, the planning for Food Truck Thursday took about two months.

She ran into a little turbulence in planning, but not enough to detour her from what became a success.

“It was a lot of planning and organizing but I got it done. I’d love to do it again,” Carter said. “It probably won’t be this year, but starting in the spring of next year, I’m going to come up with some dates, talk to city hall, and see what we can come up with.

“I contacted several food trucks for this event but they weren’t able to make it because of previously planned endeavors, but there was interest. I’m going to try to add them to our list for next year before they are scheduled at a different event.”

The vendors didn’t have to pay for a spot on the Amboy Depot Museum parking lot, but donations were made as each vendor donated $50 toward the museum.