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Camaraderie and community engagement has been the overall goal for the Town of Burns Harbor and the development of the Food Truck Square.
To commemorate the town’s 50th anniversary this September, Burns Harbor has recently expanded the Food Truck Square to include themed Wednesday events (along with free themed family entertainment, free admission, bounce houses, food trucks and live music) and some themed Saturday events too. The Food Truck Square runs each Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. located at 1237 Westport Rd. — at the corner of Haglund and Westport roads, just off of S.R. 149.
Every Wednesday evening, attendees can expect a variety of two to three food trucks to choose from offering different cuisines and at least two food trucks offering a variety of sweet treats. Each event varies and can provide attendees with anything from craft vendors to classic cars, graffiti art to free face painting, cocktails and more.
Recently the Arts on the Square event held July 19 featured local graffiti artist Cas Perez, whom created a masterpiece with attendees using spray paint. The spray-painted canvases now serve as gateway signage near the Food Truck Square. The event also featured a variety of the region’s most popular craft vendors and live music by Johnny V.
Classic cars also recently lined the square during the recent Better Burn Harbor: Cars Night Out. This highly attended event was sponsored by local dealerships, including Lake Shore Motors and Bosak Chevrolet of Burns Harbor. The event was also captured by drone videographer Brandon Clair of Timeless Aerial Photography (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fDCXCuSH-A&t=12s).
The Food Truck Square will continue to provide attendees with a variety of Northwest Indiana’s most popular food trucks throughout the summer season and into the fall, including: The Rolling Stone Breaker, King of The Road, Bills Grill, Sizzlebox, Redemak’s, Dogs and Hogs, Lulu’s Licks, Jodis Italian Ice, Chunky Tacos and more. All are welcome to attend this unique gathering space filled with great eats, entertainment, artisans and family fun.
Upcoming events include:
For more information on all upcoming Food Truck Square event dates and activities, visit www.Facebook.com/BHFoodTruckSquare using the hashtags #BurnsHarborFTS and #FoodMeetsFun.
Interested food/sales vendors or sponsors for the 2017 and 2018 seasons may contact Councilman Marcus Rogala at email@example.com or 219-406-3272. Vendor applications and sponsorship sign-up forms are available at www.BurnsHarbor-in.gov under the Business & Development tab. Those looking for a charming outdoor venue space also encouraged to contact Rogala to book a party or event.
ABOUT THE BURNS HARBOR FOOD TRUCK SQUARE
Some vendors accept major credit/debit cards. However, cash preferred. Picnic tables are available to the public, and guests are encouraged to bring their own seating. Portable restrooms and parking also available.
The Burns Harbor Redevelopment Commission activated the Food Truck Square last summer as part of an overall mission towards economic and community growth. Located on the historic former site of the Westport Community Club, Burns Harbor leaders are leveraging the Food Truck Square’s ambiance to create a sense of place and pride for residents, visitors and businesses with the overall goal to increase the Town’s identity. The Food Truck Square also serves as a site activation to build upon Burns Harbor’s charming heritage and history — to help create a pedestrian-friendly town center and continue to evolve Burns Harbor into a vibrant small town.
Pictured: Graffiti artist Cas Perez showcased his talents at a Burns Harbor Food Truck Square Arts on the Square Paint by Numbers event July 19.