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Main Street Food Truck Festival success despite rain

Saturday, foodies lined up in the rain to get their hands on the latest and greatest treats offered up by Little Rock's growing food truck fleet. The Main Street Food Truck Festival is in its second year and just keeps growing.
Saturday, foodies lined up in the rain to get their hands on the latest and greatest treats offered up by Little Rock's growing food truck fleet. The Main Street Food Truck Festival is in its second year and just keeps growing.

Nearly thirty food trucks took over Main Street in Little Rock Saturday for the Main Street Food Truck Festival. That's nearly twice as many as last year.

Making its debut Saturday was Justin Patterson's new endeavor, The Southern Gourmasian, dishing out southern food with an Asian twist.

"We hand-make steamed buns every day which is kind of like a street-food in a lot of Asian countries. So, we're doing something super unique for Little Rock," says Patterson.

Patterson's typical day starts in the morning as he preps his food for the lunch rush.

"Going out into a parking lot in front of 10 Fitness serving maybe thirty people, or catering a lunch for maybe twenty, plus, doing lunch and dinner somewhere," he adds.

Saturday's festival took patterson a week's worth of prep time.

While he has restaurant experience, Patterson wanted flexible hours, so, he opted to open a food truck rather than a traditional restaurant.

"It's kind of steadily climbing. I think word of mouth in Little Rock is like wildfire and we've only been open for three months, but it's kind of steadily going up, so it's very exciting," he says.

Saturday, the Southern Gourmasian gained another fan.

"I've gotten chicken on a stick from the little barbeque place, got a hot dog from one of the hot dog stands, and I think I'm about to get braised short ribs from the Gourmasian truck. I'm pretty sure the short ribs are all I've got left. All the room I've got left," says Cody Yates.

The owner of the Southern Gourmasian tells FOX16 this is his biggest event all year. He made the same amount of money Saturday that it would take him two to six weeks to make going to his regular locations.
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