BUFFALO, NY -- For the last time this calendar year, culinary cruisers swarmed Buffalo's Larkin Square for Food Truck Tuesday, and they wore costumes, make up and even a few fake teeth while consuming some of their favorite meals.
'Truck or Treat' in Larkinville was Tuesday night, a chance for children young and old to spend time outside trying their favorite vendors and collecting candy. The candy was just for the kids.
On a larger note, the tradition that Food Truck Tuesday has built over it's last two seasons of operation has drawn quite a range of vehicles to the square. Some come just a few miles, such as Polish food specialist Betty Crockski.
"Everything that Larkin does, the different community vendors. It's really great for everyone to come out and kind of see a thing that's very unique to this entire country," says Crockski Co-Founder Dana Szczepaniak. She was impressed with the turnout. "It feels great. It's beautiful weather, and it's so exciting to see how busy it is, and the lines...it feels like it's the middle of summer again."
Brick-N-Motor traveled a little farther to participate, making the trip weekly from Rochester. Peter Causyn believes the business make the trip worthwhile. "This is one of our best events of the entire season to be able to come here every Tuesday. We make more money here then we would anywhere else in the Rochester market," he adds.
The season may be ending, but the trucks will return to the square next May. Larkin Square Director of Public Events Samantha Epps says that should be no surprise, as Food Truck Tuesday provides an important option for area residents looking to enjoy a family-friendly and cost-effective evening in the city. "I think it's just so important for kids and families alike to be able to come out, have a quiet and kid of relaxing place to spend their time, and also a fun alternative to dinner."