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Mobilize Your Appetite! Students Organize Food Cart Festival in Downtown Athens

On Saturday, March 31st, 2012, students from the UGA College of Environment and Design (CED) will stage a Food Cart Festival celebrating local and regional food production. An outgrowth of the CED’s CounterSPACE project, the street food festival is designed to raise awareness of the many benefits of mobile food vending for the Athens community. The event will feature food trucks from Atlanta as well as Athens food vendors, including FarmCart, La Fonda Dawgs, an empanada cart, and King of Pops. The festival will be on College Avenue between Washington and Hancock Streets from 12:00-6:00 p.m., in correlation with the CED’s annual Alumni Weekend campus activities. The public is invited.

The idea for Athens Food Cart Festival grew during the spring of 2011, in a graduate course called “Ideas of Community” led by Assistant Professor Eric MacDonald. Members of the class, as well as community partners, perceived Athens as a place ripe for its own robust food cart culture. Mike Hamby, Athens-Clarke County commissioner and board member of the Downtown Development Authority agrees: “This Food Cart Festival will enhance the vibrant downtown culture that already exists here in Athens. Increasing opportunities for community and business development is central to the goals of the DDA and this event will demonstrate the possibility for a new dimension of food and street culture in Athens. We are excited to support this event and wish it continued success into the future.”

Athens is renowned in the South for excellent restaurants and locally sourced foods, but students and community partners agree that high-quality mobile vending is the next step in securing Athens’ place as a food destination. The event also aims to gauge community interest in food carts and spark a dialogue on the issue among students, community members, restaurant owners and policy makers. Street food vending has been blossoming all over the country in recent years, enjoying remarkable success. Why not in Athens, a town that thrives on its unique character and local culture? For more information, see the CED website:

Be sure to check out the Atlanta Street Food Coalition

Carrie Landers – MLA candidate at UGA’s College of Environment and Design

Eric MacDonald – Assistant Professor at UGA’s College of Environment and Design   706.542.0118

Samuel Kelleher – MLA candidate at UGA’s College of Environment and Design   828.559.1844

Liz Stewart – Photography, Advertising, and Design
Lamar Dodd School of Art 706.945.5003

Brendan Beal – Videography
Fanning Institute


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