Downtown Detroit Partnership’s
Downtown Street Eats Returns to Campus Martius Park; New Food Trucks Join Crowd-Pleasing Favorites for the Biggest Season Yet
A St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring Irish fare, dancing, and a live DJ kicks it all off on March 17
DETROIT, March 14, 2017 – Spring is in the air with food trucks gathering in Cadillac Square! Now in its fifth year and bigger than ever before, Campus Martius Park’s destination program, Downtown Street Eats supported by Sanders, returns for the season on March 17 with a St. Patrick’s Day celebration featuring Irish-themed food and fun from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event kicks off the annual downtown culinary destination at Cadillac Square which runs through mid-October.
Located in the heart of downtown on Woodward Avenue, Downtown Street Eats is the most active daily food truck/street food destination in the region. This rotating group of over 60 food entrepreneurs provides a variety of specialized cuisines creating a unique and energized café experience. Attracting over 300,000 annual visitors, Downtown Street Eats continues to attract residents, employees and visitors who are looking for that authentic personal food experience that’s never the same way twice. Guests can eat on-site under shaded seating or take food to go.
This year the number of participating trucks and vendors is up 25 percent over last year, resulting in more culinary choices from both returning favorites, such as High Octane Food Truck, Rollin’ Stone Pizza and Detroit Shrimp & Fish, and exciting first-time participants, such as Lazybones Smokehouse and The Soup Dive.
“Downtown Street Eats is one of the Partnerships’ most successful programs, creating a consistent and compelling street experience in downtown Detroit. Campus Martius is the dynamic outdoor place that provides employees and visitors a space to meet up with friends and colleagues in a setting that sparks creative collaboration and community. This program catalyzes pedestrian activity for the downtown core and also generates revenue supporting the downtown parks,” said Robert Gregory, Chief Planning and Public Space Officer, Downtown Detroit Partnership.
The Downtown Street Eats St. Patrick’s Day kickoff event on March 17 will celebrate the season’s first food truck rally at Campus Martius Park with Irish-themed options, games, music and dancing. DJ Skeez will be playing a mix of Irish and contemporary music, Flanagan-O'Hare School of Irish Dance Michigan will perform traditional dances of Ireland, and Sanders Chocolates will also be serving up Detroit’s favorite sweets.
In addition to regular menu offerings, each food vendor will be creating at least one Irish or Irish-inspired meal for the day. Highlights include the Irish Cheer from Rollin’ Stone Pizza, which features creamy leek sauce and mozzarella cheese topped with bacon, potato, Irish cheddar cheese and olive oil; and the Paddy Bowl from Delectabowl, a roasted potato base topped with slow cooked corn beef, brussel sprouts and parmesan mustard sauce.
Downtown Street Eats will continue weekdays from 11a.m. – 2 p.m. through Oct. 13 with a rotating schedule of food trucks, brick and mortar restaurants and food entrepreneurs providing a variety of unique dining options.
Participants include Los Dos Amigos, Bombay Wraps, Marconi’s Pizza, Hunter House Hamburgers, Hero or Villain, Detroit Shrimp & Fish, GrillWich Tot Shop, Concrete Cuisine, Shredderz, Smoke Ring BBQ, Beans and Cornbread, Amicci’s Pizza, High Octane Food Truck, Smoke Ring BBQ, Delectabowl, The Soup Dive, El Charro, Beans and Cornbread, Rollin’ Stone Pizza, Streetside Sushi, The Rolling Stoves, The Mean Weenie, The Spot, Concrete Cuisine, Lazybones Smokehouse, Chick-a-Dee, Union Street Detroit, Stockyard, Bombay Wraps, Buffy’s Mexi-Casian, The Pita Post, The Soup Dive, The Nosh Pit, and others.