Inaugural Street Food Gathering Good Indicator For Future Downtown Events

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -- Organizers are still a little shocked at the turnout Friday night for the inaugural street food gathering. They were expecting 200 people but about 1,200 showed up.

They say the event is a good example of the entertainment vision moving forward for downtown and residents can expect to see "a lot more" events just like it.

Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson estimates 1,200 people turned out over the course of the evening to sample food from mobile vendors, visit with beer makers from Straight to Ale and Blue Pants, and hear live music.



"The crowd really exceeded everyone's expectations," Emerson said.

Emerson says several of the food vendors sold out during the evening that brought hundreds of people into the downtown corridor.  Emerson said many downtown restaurants and bars also reported strong Friday night sales.

"I think it's the case of a rising tide lifting all boats," Emerson said.

Downtown Huntsville Inc. will launch its new social media and website campaign on Halloween night. Part of the revitalization of downtown is creating "unique experiences that people can't get anywhere else."

Emerson says Downtown Huntsville Inc. will organize another street food gathering before this year and he says if it also draws well there will likely be more events.

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