Food Truck Fridays resume in Albemarle

The live music event series runs from April to October

ALBEMARLE — Now in its fourth year, the City of Albemarle’s Food Truck Friday event series that combines live music with a variety of food truck vendors kicked off its 2024 season this past weekend.

The monthly tradition at City Lake Park — located at 815 Concord Rd. — runs from April to October.

“See you there! Enjoy free live music and a variety of food trucks at the City of Albemarle’s monthly Food Truck Fridays,” the Albemarle Parks and Recreation Department announced earlier this month. “Bring your family, friends, and neighbors and join us from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Lake Park. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or a lawn chair!”

The initial installment of this year’s series this past Friday featured a performance by the band Camel City Yacht Club, a ’70s and ’80s soft-rock tribute band out of Winston-Salem.

Next up, the Motown and oldies group The Tonez will highlight the May 3 Food Truck Friday, followed by the No Doubt tribute band Spiderwebs (June 7), Top 40 variety act Ace Party Band (July 12), vintage soul band Chairmen of the Board (Aug. 2), country artist Ryan Perry (Sept. 6), and ’90s party band Gump Fiction (Oct. 4).

Most notably, August’s Chairmen of the Board concert will showcase the Detroit-based group that found a second home in Charlotte and was an inaugural induction into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Food Truck Friday event has been expanded over the years in the hopes of spreading the word and generating more community involvement. While not all food trucks are available each month, over a dozen different vendors are scheduled to make an appearance.

Participating trucks for the 2024 season include Allen’s BBQ Shack, Cousins Maine Lobster, Fat Backs Soul Food & BBQ, Happy Eatz, Higgins & Son Barbecue, J&M Food Shack, and Kreyol Flavors.

Additionally, Mollie’s Mini Donuts, Pride Catering, Smokiin Mac, Snobiz, SpudWings, Tacoverse, The Coffee Camper, and What A Burger are listed as food truck participants.

Uwharrie Bank, NC Farm Bureau Insurance (Albemarle) and T-Mobile (Locust) served as event sponsors for last Friday’s showing, while Brio Live Entertainment was used as the booking agency.

Sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available by contacting the City of Albemarle at 704-984-9564.