The Tribune (NZ) - - Square Circular -

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.

than ex­pected on a brisk “We hosted a lot more peo­ple the City’s suc­cess­ful events Palmy even­ing, which shows thing.” don’t just have to be a sum­mer

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