MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Calling all foodies out there!
On Friday, the Third Annual Myrtle Beach Food Truck Festival returns to the Burroughs and Chapin Pavilion Place between 8th and 9th avenues north.
The three-day event is free to attend and kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. and runs to 10 p.m. It continues Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. This year, the festival added almost 20 more food trucks, bringing the total to 55, as well as other retail vendors.
Event organizers said last year, the festival welcomed about 15,000 people over the course of the weekend. They expect the same number this year, if not more.
Foodies will be able to satisfy their taste buds through a variety of different foods and flavors, from French fries topped with crab meat to ice cream, as well as different dishes from around the world.
On top of all the food, there will be plenty of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, with live music, a kid’s zone, a beer garden, and even a volleyball and corn hole tournament.
The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation said the old Pavilion site is a prime location because people are able to explore all the downtown has to offer.
“It’s just about choices and I think it’s about how people travel and spend their time. There’s obviously numerous choices in this area. You can have a nice, sit down five-star dinner or you can go down and get a burger and fries and walk along the boardwalk and get an ice cream cone,” said Lauren Clever, executive director of the DRC.
Kerry Ragland is the owner of Kurbside Katering, a local food truck business. He's been with the festival since the beginning and is bringing his Philly cheesesteaks back for another round.
Ragland has been preparing for the past three days for the big event and said every year the festival exceeds expectations.
In the past, many food trucks ran out of food, but Ragland said he’s learned to be prepared for what’s in store. He’s also excited to see the food truck business in Myrtle Beach grow and hopes in the future they can serve even more hungry beachgoers.
Barricades will be up for the event and drivers should be aware that Ocean Boulevard between 8th and 9th avenues north will be closed around 12 p.m. on Friday and will remain closed until 12 a.m. on Monday.