OKC food truck festival growing in popularity

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Hudson Street between 6th and 9th street downtown transforms the last Friday of every month with thousands flocking to get gourmet grub from local food trucks.

He says these mobile eateries can average $2,500 at H&8th.

Event manager Brian Bergman said, "There are food trucks that make enough money from this night to stay open for the month."

The event is about more than just food.

Many people go to the event to eat, meet people, and to see what is happening downtown.

Bergman said, "They're here for so many different things."

Forty different food trucks will park at H&8th for May’s event.

Elise Hall of The Hall's Pizza Kitchen said, "The prep work that it takes to get the truck out takes a little bit of time, but you know once you get the truck out, and once you're making pizzas it's a lot of fun because you know, we've met friends and met a lot of people we wouldn't have if we didn't have a food truck."

H&8TH is named after Hudson and NW 8th Street.

It’s also home to Elemental Coffee where the idea originated.

Laura Messenat, owner of Elemental Coffee said, "Our idea was to have a food truck party in our parking lot kind of Austin style."

Messenat, JD Merryweather with Coop Ale Works, and her business partner Chris Holiday came up with the idea when they had a conversation about how cool the local food truck scenes are in other cities.

They thought it was a great vibe to bring to OKC.

She said she is amazed at how much it has grown, but also not surprised by the appeal.

Messenat said, "It makes sense to me because it's exactly what I like to do is just go out and hang out and just be with my friends."

For more information visit H&8th OKC.

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