After an afternoon of school work, a couple of friends and I headed downtown to catch the tail end of the 1st annual Athens Food Cart Fest. Several carts from Athens and Atlanta gathered on College Avenue in front of City Hall for a day of food and fun. The idea actually came from a graduate class in the College of Environment and Design at UGA, and the project team included students from environmental planning, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. Check out this article in Athens Food and Culture for more info on the creation of the festival.
The event was a sure success as some of the carts were already sold out by the time I made it down there. Here are some photos from the day...
The pups were desperately hoping we'd drop some scraps.
My fav cart of the day was Honeysuckle from Atlanta, which should come as no surprise to anyone that knows me as I am completely obsessed with any ice cream related dessert. Honeysuckle creates "southern inspired" flavors like moon pie and Georgia brown ale, along with other popular favorites.
I can't ever pass up mango sorbet (living in Hawaii got me hooked on the stuff), so I had a scoop of the "mongo" mango coupled with the "midnight train" dark chocolate. The mango was a slightly tart (in a good way) and very refreshing; the dark chocolate was the perfect balance- rich and slightly sweet, with a smooth, velvety texture- I could've eaten an entire bowl. Those two scoops were the perfect Saturday treat.
Athens continues to grow as a fun food destination, I think the food carts make a great addition. I hope this festival will become a permanent fixture on the Athens event calendar.