A FOOD TRUCK TAKEOVER
The Square was abuzz on Thursday 2 June with an eager stampede of Palmerston North residents who wanted to be the first to experience the city's first ever Thursday Night Street Feast.
Inspired by the night markets of the Far East and London, with their plethora of delicious cheap eats, Thursday Night Street Feast took this buzz and atmosphere and gave it a distinctly Kiwi feel tailored to Palmerston North. Proceedings were well underway as the 5:30pm start time hit, with people wanting to try some of the best of what the ten food trucks had to offer. The 4000 locals who attended had the opportunity to sample the sights, smells and tastes of a global food village and were treated to live local entertainment from musicians Daniel Webster, Libby Offord, and Briana Allan. PNCC Policy Planner Keegan Aplin-Thane said the event was a fantastic opportunity to facilitate the use of The Square while supporting a bustling night economy in Palmerston North.
There were long queues because the event was so popular and some of the trucks simply ran out of their delicious food. We'll be working with the vendors to make improvements including increasing the amount of lighting.
The bricks and mortar businesses from around the Square benefited from the surge of hungry patrons to the City who came for an excuse to eat out and socialise.
Moxies Café owner Mike Waghorn said the streets were a lot busier than usual. “Customers the next day were raving about how busy it was in the Square which is a real buzz for the city and something the majority of us all benefited from.” Locals who attended agreed the event was successful and a great addition to the Palmerston North night life.
“Thank you to everyone who came and supported the event. It's planned to make the night a monthly occurrence and we hope to see everyone at the second Street Feast on Thursday 30 June,” Keegan said.
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