It’s understandable if passers-by mistake the parking lot at Lake Street and Central Way in Kirkland for an RV campground in August. A closer look will show that lot to be filled with gourmet food trucks arriving to feed the crowds at Kirkland SummerFest on August 11th. Side Dish, a food industry online magazine, describes the food truck phenomenon as “. . . that movement of young, creative foodie-entrepreneurs taking to the streets on bikes, carts and trucks, (that) arose from the recession in 2008. Unemployed professionals, talented immigrant cooks, restaurateurs looking to extend the brand, all came out to feed urbanites on street corners and in parks and back alleys.”
Kirkland-based The Box, serving Asian fusion cuisine, and Deru Catering, with its New American cuisine, will be there along with Raney Brothers BBQ, Charlies, NOMAD Holdings, Curry Now, Pompeii Wood-Fired Pizza, Athena’s, Street Treats, Kirkland’s The Box, Coneys, and Kettle Cornucopia. Others will be confirmed soon.
Besides Lake and Central, food trucks will also be positioned near the boat docks in Marina Park, giving festivalgoers plenty of options to go along with the many local restaurants in finding sustenance during the two day event. Given the popularity of food trucks around Puget Sound, with many of the four-wheeled enterprises developing their own following, Kirkland SummerFest has three celebrity judges who will vote on the menu offerings to name a ‘Best of the Fest.’ Former University of Washington football coach Don James, nationally-renowned chef and owner of Ballard’s Volterra restaurant Don Curtiss, and Kirkland City Councilmember and CFO at Ford of Kirkland Amy Walen are the lucky personalities who will be sampling the fine fare.
Kirkland SummerFest, presented by Kirkland’s Auto Dealers, is an arts and music festival taking place on Friday and Saturday, August 10th and 11th. Other sponsors have stepped up to fund activities such as art displays, a Shakespeare play performance, children’s events, and lots of live music. The food trucks will be available to feed the masses on Saturday, the second day of the event.
Upwards of 10,000 people are expected to attend Kirkland SummerFest. There is no admission charge but a portion of the proceeds from sponsors, vendors, and sales of beer and wine will go to the Lake Washington Schools Foundation, which helps fund projects and teacher initiatives in the local school district. Visit www.kirklandsummerfest.com to learn more or to become a sponsor, a vendor, or a volunteer. And to keep up on the latest developments, search SummerFest2012 on Facebook and follow on Twitter @KirkSummerfest.