WATERLOO — At least 16 food trucks from across the region will line up for customers at the second annual Food Truck Festival on Saturday.

Doors open at 11 a.m. and the event runs until 8 p.m. at the RiverLoop Expo Plaza, located at Park Avenue and Jefferson Street, as well as along Jefferson Street. The event is presented by Main Street Waterloo and Community Bank & Trust. It will take place rain or shine.

“We are expanding our footprint this year,” said Jessica Rucker, General Manager of Main Street Waterloo. Food trucks will be parked along a portion of Jefferson Street near the RiverLoop that will be closed to traffic.

“We had 7,000 people for the first festival last year, more than expected. We expect there to be at least as many people this year, maybe more. The food trucks are very popular and people love to go to festivals where they can taste many different foods,” she said.

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“The community asked for events like this, and they came out to support it. We have been blown away by the feedback from attendees and attendees and are thrilled to bring back this incredible dining experience for the second year,” said Amy Miller, Festival President.

In addition to dining, festival-goers will be able to enjoy DJ entertainment from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and attend the broadcast of three football matches on a bench of televisions installed at the festival.

“We know there are football matches on Saturdays, and last year we noticed that some people were leaving early so they could go home and watch their game. We wanted to find a way to encourage them to stay at home. festival, so we partnered with Mediacom to have the TVs,” Rucker explained.

Family activities will take place in the Family Entertainment Zone, presented by Community United Child Care. There will be a whipped cream pie contest, inflatable slide, decorating aprons, macaroni necklaces, selfie station, kiddie cars and more. Capri College will do makeup from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to road construction in downtown Waterloo, the Foodie Fun Run has been cancelled. Rucker expects him to be back for the 2023 Food Truck Festival.

Vendors will compete for awards, certificates, trophies and prizes. Each supplier will offer one of their menu items in sample size. The public can purchase the samples for $5 and vote for the foodie and savory favorite winners. Secret judges will also score menu items and the Yummo prize will be awarded to the vendor with the highest score. An additional prize will be selected by the committee.

The Downtown Urban Farmers Market will move to a different location near the RiverLoop Plaza for the weekly Saturday market.

Admission to the Food Truck Festival is $5 for adults; children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include admission to the festival. There will also be access to a shaded tent, tables and chairs, additional food and drink samples, and televisions for watching football matches.

General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online at www.mainstreetwaterloo.org and at the Main Street Waterloo office at 212 E. Fourth St.