SimpleFire artisan food truck

Working on a homemade pizza recipe, Mike Knell shares a works pace in the food truck with a wood-fired oven. 

MANSFIELD -- It won't be hard to find food Friday at South Park.

The second Food Truck and Vendor Festival will take place at the park on Friday, running from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

"The reason we came up with the idea was one, I like to eat," said Mark Abrams, Mansfield City Park director. "Two, we wanted to open the parks up to expand it from being just a recreational view of the park to where we could a food truck in a park. 

"If we can show a food truck they can make money in park, by getting people to eat lunch at the park, the hope is we can start having something like this," Abrams said.

In its first year, the food truck festival had four trucks. This year, 14 trucks from the area and state are are slated to participate.

"There's a lot of diversity," said Angel Ross-Taylor, recreation coordinator for the parks department. "There's everything from barbecue to fried fish to homemade foods."

There will also be 17 vendors, including a Boy Scout troop, Color Street dry nail polish, the Mansfield Gay Pride Association, Chalk Couture and Barb's Pillows and Blankets.

Taylor-Ross added there will be a DJ playing music to all who attend.

"I just think it's going to be nice to showcase all the local food, talent and crafts," Ross-Taylor said.

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Noah Jones is host to The Open Mic Podcast -- available on Apple Podcasts! He is the crime, education and music reporter for Richland Source. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and a giant Cardinals fan.