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The Main Street Food Truck Festival has established itself during the last decade as a September tradition in Little Rock for thousands of area residents, but a pair of major changes are coming this year.

First and most importantly, the culinary celebration is leaving Main Street and heading west down Capitol Avenue. This year’s festival will be held on Capitol between Woodlane and Chester streets on Sept. 22. That’s the area right in front of the state Capitol.

And of course, no festival held a mile away from Main can honestly bear its name, so the festival is being rebranded as the Downtown Food Truck Festival.

So, why move?

Gabe Holmstrom, the executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, which puts on the festival, explains.

“We’re building on the success of the Main Street Food Truck Festival. When it started, there weren’t any restaurants there, and there were minimal businesses on that corridor,” Holmstrom said, noting Main Street from the heart of downtown up to SoMa is now full of restaurants and other businesses. “Fourteen years later, we’re going to pick up and move to see if we can’t bring that same excitement and energy to Capitol Avenue.”

The September event has expanded well beyond food trucks, now including musicians, artists, buskers, craft booths and more. Food trucks are typically urged to include a cheap sample offering.

The move has not diminished vendor interest, according to Holmstrom. In a typical year, the festival includes between 60 and 90 trucks. Since this year’s registration opened, about 120 trucks have expressed interest. There will be room for about 70 trucks, and applications remain available online: mainstreetfoodtrucks.com/foodtrucks.

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