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Food Truck Fridays are coming back to Lake Lanier
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Elizabeth Martin, left, and Kathleen Canavan-Lima get ready to roll out their beloved Brazilian food truck on its maiden voyage this weekend. - photo by Carlos Galarza

Food Truck Fridays are coming back to Lake Lanier Olympic Park next week.

The park is starting up its 2019 season of Food Truck Fridays on the Lake at 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. The event will run once a month through September and feature a long list of food trucks for you to choose from, live music and plenty of people to interact with.

Dannella Burnett, one of the organizers for the event, said they average more than 1,000 people each month.

“It’s just a ton of fun to come out and enjoy,” Burnett said. “It’s just grown. We have several food trucks that are staples, and they love this event, but we always like to have the variety.”

This month at the event, you’ll find: Alice n Jacks Rib Shack, serving barbecue meats and pulled pork nachos; Cabaki’s Catering, serving burgers, hot dogs and appetizers; Taquiza Mexican Restaurant, serving nachos, fajitas and tacos; OBA! Brazilian Cuisine, serving grilled kabobs and empanadas; Around the Block Cheesesteaks, serving different kinds of cheesesteaks; Gekko Sushi and Hibachi Truck, serving sushi rolls, bowls and bento boxes; Ray’s Wings and Things, serving wings, chicken sandwiches and burgers;  Hole in the Wall, serving jerk chicken, fish and shrimp and chicken and waffles; Sweet G’s Mini Donuts, serving an array of flavored doughnuts; Pretty Smooth Smoothies, serving all-natural, vegan smoothies and lemonade; Juke N Jive Creamery, serving ice cream.

Tap It will have its beer trailer at the event, serving beer and wine, too.

One of those staples at the event is OBA! Brazilian Cuisine. Co-owner Kathleen Canavan-Lima said they had a good turnout at each event last year, so she’s excited for this year.

“People seem to love our food,” Canavan-Lima said. “I think they like the experience of seeing food being grilled in front of them. The aroma itself calls people over, so that’s helped us out a lot. And we’re unique. We’re not something people are accustomed to.”

The location of the event — overlooking Lake Lanier — is an added bonus. Canavan-Lima said that’s what makes the Food Truck Fridays on the Lake event unique and something everyone in the area should try.

“It’s a beautiful area,” Canavan-Lima said. “You have this beautiful lake that I’m so glad we’re taking advantage of. There’s seating for everyone and you can sit down, listen to the live music and enjoy a meal right by the lake.”

Burnett said as long as reactions like that keep coming in, the event will continue for years to come.

“As long as people are enjoying it and they’re coming out, seeing the park, seeing the lake, we can continue letting the event grow,” Burnett said.

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Lake Lanier at Clarks Bridge Road at Olympic Park. - photo by Scott Rogers
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