* Family Friendly * Dogs on leashes
A wonderful combination of food, music and fun every summer is produced by Smiley Pete in the form of CRAVE. This weekend, August 12th & 13th, 50 local food trucks and restaurants set up at Masterson Station Park to offer delicious morsels of their fares. I have found this is an awesome way to discover restaurants and culinary delights around town that I hadn't yet uncovered.
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography - T-shirt by @suzyswedetees
I am a "Taster Extraordinaire" and Crave is so perfect for me. Attendees can purchase Crave bucks to spend as each establishment offers a $1, $3 and $5 tasting. There is no filling up on one entrée as would happen when normally visiting a restaurant. You can purchase a $1 bite here and a $3 taste there or jump in with both feet for a $5 sampling of something that looks really great!
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography- Bella Notte.... best Street Corn I've ever had!!
Not only that, the festival will feature Food Performances! What is that you ask? Well, it includes Mixology demonstrations, food presentations from local chefs and foodies as well as a local hemp foods cook-off! (See list of food vendors at the bottom)
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography - Palmers Bourbon Beer Cheese
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography - Texas de Brazil had absolutely delicious meats!!
Of course there are lots of local beers and other beverages to be had. There is no shortage of sampling for the sweet tooth either with ice creams, cakes, cookies and pastries.
While strolling through the vast array of options I began to hear bells, whistles and horns. Down the aisle danced and played an eclectic group of colorful folks known as March Madness. Dancers with hula hoops led in the front with the merry band following playing tunes we all know. Horns, drums, tambourines, trumpets and more make up this fun band that is both a delight to see and hear. Throughout the day you will find the air filled with many local artists and bands including the Big Maracas, Treyvon King, Justin Wells, Big Fresh, Driftwood Gypsy & more, adding to the great atmosphere of the Crave festival.
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography - Go-Go Burgers
Make a point to "like" Crave on Facebook and Instagram where you will be notified in advance to purchase discounted tickets and bypass the lines. Enter their contest and you may even when Crave bucks for the weekend!
Photo by Marie Pullen Photography - Mellow Mushroom's Bake Bus
Crave is a great place to bring the whole family with lots to do and see and taste and plenty of photo ops! You need only make one stop and then let all the great tastes of the area come to you!
2017 Food Vendors
V = Vendor has indicated they will have vegetarian and/or vegan options available
GF = Vendor has indicated they will have gluten-free options available
Athenian Grill (V)
Babz Bistro (V, GF)
Bella Notte (V, GF)
Bru Burger Bar (V)
Chef Doug's Gourmet Foods (V, GF)
City BBQ (GF)
City Roastery (V, GF)
Confused Confections (V)
Crank & Boom (V, GF)
D's Cafe at Bryan Station (V, GF)
Edley's Bar-B-Que (V, GF)
Fida's Caribbean Cafe (V)
Go Go Burger
Girls, Girls, Girls Burritos (V, GF)
Honnah Lee Bubble Tea (V)
Hogfather's BBQ & Catering (GF)
Jasmine Rice (V, GF)
Joella's Hot Chicken (V)
Mad Scoops (V)
Mark's Feed Store
Mellow Mushroom (GF)
Mimi's Southern Style Cooking
Noodles & Co. (V)
Old Kentucky Kettle Corn (V, GF)
Palmer's Grill (V, GF)
Red Light Kitchen & Lounge (V)
Red Mile Catering
Red State BBQ
Repicci’s Italian Ice
Salsarita's Fresh Cantina (V, GF)
Sav’s Chill (V, GF)
Savor the Flavor
Spotz Gelato (V, GF)
Stella’s Kentucky Deli (V, GF)
Taquieria Los Nietos
The Village Idiot (V, GF)
The Woodford Inn (GF)
Texas de Brazil (GF)
Vinaigrette Salad Kitchen (GF)
Zen Sushi & Sake Bar