Food trucks spread flavor to Fremont’s planned downtown area

FREMONT — Food trucks will set up shop near City Hall on Friday evening, kicking off the mobile meals’ new location and injecting life — city officials hope — into the proposed downtown area.

The Food Truck Mafia, in partnership with the Fremont Chamber of Commerce, will serve gourmet dishes from 10 trucks parked along Capitol Avenue, between State and Liberty streets. The event, called Fremont Street Eats, is scheduled to run from 4:30 to 9 p.m., offering Indian, Mexican, Thai and Hong Kong-style cuisine, as well as gourmet versions of pizza, Philly cheesesteaks and desserts.

The inaugural event will include a “first bite” ceremony, in lieu of a traditional ribbon cutting, and will feature games for kids and a live performance by Jukebox Heroes, a local rock band.

Fremont Street Eats will be held at its new location each Friday evening, said April Bibbins, Food Truck Mafia’s event coordinator.

The weekly gatherings previously were held next to the Mission Valley ROP campus, two miles west of City Hall. But city and chamber officials asked the Fremont-based food truck company to move downtown, with the goal of getting people in the habit of going there, Bibbins said.

“We want to help any way we can to help Fremont create new things,” she said.

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Chris DeBenedetti

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