Downtown Topeka Inc. and Visit Topeka are adding two food truck festivals to the downtown lineup this spring.
At the Downtown Country and Food Truck Festival, guests will be able to sample menus from several food trucks while enjoying country music in the heart of downtown Topeka. The event will be May 12.
“We’re thrilled to partner with The Big 94.5 Country for this event,” said Vince Frye, president and CEO of Downtown Topeka. “Festivalgoers are in for a treat with topnotch country bands, good food and lots of fun in downtown Topeka.”
In addition to a country music festival, there will also be a Rock and Food Trucks event July 28. Frye said more information will be released about the rock festival when details are finalized.
The idea to expand food trucks events downtown formed after seeing the large community response from the annual jazz festival, Frye said, which 7,000 people attended last year.
"We've had jazz groups in the past that have been extremely popular in bringing people downtown," Frye said, "but that kind of music doesn't appeal to everyone."
By partnering with Big 94.5 Country radio station, Frye said the groups collaborated and took community suggestions for finding local and national performers.
Musical guests include country singers Bryton Stoll, of Marysville; True North, of Kansas City, Mo.; Travis Marvin, of Ottawa; and headliner Waterloo Revival, of Nashville, Tenn.
The festival will take place in the same location as previous food truck festivals — S. Kansas Avenue from 8th to 10th Street. The stage will be positioned on 9th Street, giving guests a scenic view of the Capitol while listening to music.
This festival is in addition to the Capital City Family and Food Truck Festival on June 2 and the Jazz and Food Truck Festival scheduled for Sept. 22.