Food truck rally Friday in West Chester

The Union Centre Food Truck Rally, planned for Aug. 30, will bring 15 food trucks to the township’s community square. Alcoholic beverage sales from the event, which is being organized by the Union Centre Boulevard Merchant’s Association, will benefit the launch of the Boys and Girls Club of West Chester/Liberty Twp.

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty Twp. plans to launch a Boys and Girls Club thanks to a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Attorney General’s office. Community Foundation officials hope to raise enough money, eventually, to build a club complex.

Food trucks have become a popular type of eatery nationwide, said Shellie Leder, the secretary for the merchant’s association. She said the township has a strong business community to support the food truck rally event.

“We’re hoping a lot of businesses in the area bring their offices done for lunch and then come down after work (for the event),” Leder said. “West Chester, it’s a thriving city here. We do have food trucks in West Chester on a regular basis.”

Emily Frank, who operates a food truck called C’est Cheese that serves up gourmet grilled cheese in Cincinnati and greater Cincinnati neighborhoods, is one of the business owners that frequents West Chester Twp. to peddle her food. She will sell several different kinds of grilled cheese at the Union Centre Food Truck Rally.

“I’m primarily in the suburbs,” Frank said. “It’s a big misconception that food trucks are only in downtown (Cincinnati). Food trucks are not a fad, they’re here to stay.”

A variety of food will be served up at the food truck rally. Some of the trucks will serve serve desserts, such as cupcakes or shaved ice, while other will focus on main courses, including pizza, burgers and waffle sandwiches. Variety is part of the appeal of a food truck rally, Leder said.

“I have five in my family and we can’t agree on what to eat. (Food trucks) solve that problem,” she said.

The rally, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Aug. 30, will feature live music throughout the day. Alcoholic beverages will be available for sale and the proceeds from those sales will benefit Boys and Girls Club of West Chester and Liberty Twp.

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