LAFAYETTE -- The city may not have yet embraced the Bay Area's food truck explosion, but revelers at this weekend's Art & Wine Festival will have a chance to get their grub on at a smattering of mobile kitchens.
Food trucks featuring hot dogs, sandwiches, short ribs and other offerings will make their first appearance at this year's festival, according to event organizers. Lafayette-based Street Dogs, Fuddruckers and Concord's Yummi BBQ will be parked at Fiesta Lane in the "Food Truck Alley," and a Whole Foods truck will dish up tacos, Asian noodle salad and quesadillas near the children's area.
Also new is a "craft beer garden" with beverages from Pittsburg-based E.J. Phair Brewing Company and Concord's Black Diamond brewery.
The new attractions aren't part of a master plan to bring food trucks into the city, already boasting numerous top-flight brick-and-mortar establishments. But they are an interesting addition to a festival that has remained focused on artists and winemakers for seventeen years. And in addition to the new food offerings, this year's program will give fans of the two-day outdoor street bash more of what they enjoy, including a soundtrack that spices up the traditional lineup of cover bands.
"The music's got a little bit more bluegrass, salsa and zydeco than we've had before," said Jay Lifson, executive director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.
The 19 bands scheduled to take the festival's three
As for the art, more than 200 artisans and craftspeople will exhibit and sell their wares at booths throughout the festival. The "Local Artists Alley" will feature Lamorinda artists, including members of the Lafayette Gallery and the Lamorinda Arts Alliance.
Wines will be poured in the Premium Wine Pavilion and other booths sponsored by local businesses. Tasters must purchase a festival glass and drink tickets in order to participate.
There is no charge for admission and free parking is available at the Lafayette BART station. A no-cost shuttle will run to and from the BART parking lots.
Free valet bike parking is being offered at 81 Lafayette Circle behind the Art Stage.
Beginning at 6 p.m. Friday and lasting until about 10 p.m. Sunday, Mt. Diablo Boulevard will be closed in both directions from Lafayette Circle (The
Round Up Saloon) to Dewing Avenue. The east portion of Lafayette Circle (by Round Up Saloon) will also be closed from Mt. Diablo Boulevard to Hough Avenue, though residents and businesses will be allowed access up to Chow restaurant on Lafayette Circle.
When: Saturday, Sept. 15, 10-7 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 16, 10-6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Lafayette