Amy Harwell (left) and Genevieve Posey (right) take a selfie with their mustard-smothered Pronto Pups during the Cooper-young Festival last year, when more than 135,000 people attended the one-day event. the festival, and some will offer a limited menu because of the crowds.
“We will have a lot of food,” said Tamara Cook, festival organizer and executive director of the Cooper-young Business Association.
“Besides all the
restaurants, we have plenty of food trucks and vendors that will be set up.”
There are more than 20 food vendors (and more than 400 vendors in general). One is La Cubanita, a mother-daughter team from Jackson, Tennessee, who have been coming to the festival for a couple of years.
“We will be there every
year,” said daughter Alana Lagares. “We love the crowd, love it all.”
They sell Cuban sandwiches, tostones and, a crowd favorite, empanadas.
Makeda’s Cookies will have a booth, and the snow cone vendor Flavor Island will be there to sell giant
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“Shucks and Waffles is a food truck that comes in from Panama City,” Cook said. “He has roasted corn, plus lots of things on a stick, like beignets, for example.”
Wild Bill’s Sodas from Nashville is a popular stand. Folks buy one big mug and have it refilled all day with homemade sodas.
There’s also Begley’s Dogs.
“He grills hot dogs and bratwurst, and the smell is unbelievable,” Cook said.
The vendors will be spread through the festival grounds, down Cooper and Young (the festival takes in places on Central, too). And at Memphis Made Brewing Co., 768 S. Cooper, there will be a few more food trucks plus beer (including limited releases) and more live music. The gates open at 9 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. There’s no admission charge, and if you ride your bike (parking is not easy), you can park it in the Bluff City Sports Bike Corral at Central and Cooper.
Weather is iffy — this is Memphis, people! Stemmler said if heavy rain or thunderstorms seem inevitable around 4:30 or 5 a.m. Saturday, the vendors will be notified, and the festival will be postponed until Sunday. That’s happened a few times over the years, and Sunday has always turned out to be a nice day. And what if it’s not? “That’s never happened,” he said. “Don’t even say anything like that.” Festival street food can supply a full meal or something to snack on, such as these roasting nuts.
Wild Bill’s Sodas, from Nashville, is one of many street food vendors that will be on hand for the Cooper-young Festival.