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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.

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