Today, Art Walk visitors and even food truck proprietors themselves would agree that the food truck extravaganza operates better on the periphery of Art Walk, principally at the corner of 3rd and Spring where Phillip Dane, creator of the Dodger Stadium Flea Market and other festivals, flea markets and events, stages a monthly ode to all things food truck: Truckit Fest.
Truckit Fest’s monthly event at the DTLA Art Walk is free to all and features over 50 of the best gourmet food trucks, vendors, and indie designers who each pay a fee for a spot on the hallowed asphalt at 3rd and Spring one night a month.
Art Walk of old used to be somewhat of a food truck frenzy as trucks, vendors, and other pop up artisans camped out on parking lots and down alleyways across Spring and Main from 3rd to 7th.
Since, the truck lots became a crowded but core component of the monthly DTLA Art Walk festivities, as synonymous with Art Walk as the galleries, bars and brick and mortar establishments flocked to by the City’s revelers in all things art.
Art Walk visitors have witnessed other food truck venues and artisan craft vending courts slowly vanishing, perhaps most recently: The Alexandria Hotel, last month, The Spring Arcade 3 months ago and The Medallion more than 5 months ago. Yet, Dane’s food and art vending court continues to grow allowing him the title of, “Last Man Standing”.
When asked what makes Truckit Fest and the broader DTLA Art Walk scene something special, Mr. Dane responded,
“The DTLA Art Walk is a fantastic experience and we love being a part of it. The event is special and truly unique as it’s an organically produced event by artists and gallery owners for artists, creatives, and all lovers of art in Downtown LA.
Before the food trucks came on the scene, art walk was a fraction as busy as it is today.” says Dane.
“The food trucks and other vendors at Truckit Fest are a symbiotic and important part of the Art Walk culture and one we’re thrilled to continue producing month after month for our loyal fans.”
Truckit Fest has gained momentum recently with Mr. Dane’s appearance on Good Day L.A. alongside the Wicked Kitchen Truck which made its debut appearance at the monthly food truck festival in January.
Where others have chosen to pack up and go home, from being disenfranchised by local property owners, changing regulations and LA’s lackluster winter weather of late, Truckit Fest has thrived.
Mr. Dane recently sold a stake in the business to venture capital investors impressed by the event and the marketability of the brand. The new investors provide long-term, permanent capital and strategic help to the venture, and hope to build Truckit Fest from one principal monthly event into a best in class producer of gourmet food truck events throughout Southern California.
For more information visit www.truckitfest.com
By: Tracy McFarland