Main Street in downtown Pilot Mountain was closed to traffic throughout the afternoon on Saturday as cars gave way to more than 20 food trucks offering an assortment of meals and desserts.
The occasion was Pilot Mountain’s first food truck rodeo, dubbed the “Pilot Mountain Pig Out.”
A steady procession of visitors and local residents spent the day sampling fares ranging from traditional favorites to the unusual. Favorite foods from a variety of cultures were available as were creative sweet treats.
Among the food trucks lining the street was one featuring Baozi Carolina-Style steamed buns. Owners Ann Wagner and David Perazzo described their offering as southern style offerings served in traditional Chinese steamed buns made from scratch.
“This is a little slower-paced than some of the larger towns and cities we visit, but things are picking up as the day gets later,” Wagner noted said. “This is a beautiful area and this event will continue to grow as more people learn about it. I think it’s great that they’re doing this, and we would definitely come back.”
The truck was one of several to make their way to Pilot Mountain from the Raleigh area.
In order to broaden the event’s appeal to all ages, the host Pilot Mountain Main Street Committee included a range of activities. A trio of bands entertained diners from the Depot Street stage, near where tents and tables had been set up for comfort. Featured bands included Gypsy Mountain Rose, Aquarius Moon and Friends and Janus 4-14.
Several local and regional brewers were on hand and the Pilot Mountain Farmers’ Market was open for extended hours. Youngsters were treated to large inflatable games floating in a shallow pool of water at the Town Hall parking lot.
“I love this idea,” said Mount Airy resident Jodi Gunnell, who attended with several members of her family. “It’s a nice variety of good food and good fun that brings the community together. I think it’s great and I hope they’ll do more of these.”
According to Main Street Coordinator Jenny Kindy, Saturday’s success should lead to additional events of a similar nature.
“Our intention is to do more,” she said. “We had a great turnout with a diverse mix of ages. We had a good representation of locals and a lot of people came in from surrounding communities. Several business owners told us they loved the event and loved seeing the new faces coming into their shops.”