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City promoting ‘Food Trucks in the Plaza’
Food trucks are serving lunch every Thursday and Friday in Hemming Plaza.
David Harrison mixes a batch of his Front Porch kettle corn.
What began as an experiment to determine if people would patronize food trucks in Hemming Plaza has become a new Downtown lunch option two days a week.

The city Parks & Recreation Department is promoting "Food Trucks in the Plaza" from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. every Thursday and Friday.

"It's simple. We started it as a way to reconnect people with the plaza," said Pam Roman, city spokeswoman.

She said the program is scheduled to continue until further notice while the city considers response to a Request for Proposals to manage and program the plaza.

Friends of Hemming Plaza submitted the only proposal. The plan as presented would seek to employ a nine-member staff with a budget of $915,000 in the first year. According to the proposal, the group would raise $150,000 with the city funding the remainder, $765,000.

As long as the city is managing the park and people are patronizing the food trucks, the program will continue.

"Whether someone else comes in or not, we wanted to get something started," said Roman.

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Food Trucks in the Plaza schedule

Thursday, Jan. 30: Mama's Food, Cravingz Mobile Kitchen and J&T Coffee Co.

Friday, Jan. 31: Taste of the Islands, Swedish Bistro and Front Porch Kettle Corn

Thursday, Feb. 6: Mama's Food, Transcend 2000 and Front Porch Kettle Corn

Friday, Feb. 7: Gourmet Aviator, Up in Smoke BBQ and Swedish Bistro

Thursday, Feb. 13: Cravingz Mobile Kitchen, Taste of the Islands and J&T Coffee Co.

Friday, Feb. 14: Dirty Birds Wings on the Fly, Streetrods and Kona Ice of Ponte Vedra

Thursday, Feb. 20: Mama's Food, Transcend 2000 and Front Porch Kettle Corn

Friday, Feb. 21: Swedish Bistro, Up in Smoke BBQ and Kona Ice of Ponte Vedra

Thursday, Feb. 27: Cravingz Mobile Kitchen, Taste of the Island and J&T Coffee Co.

Friday, Feb. 28: Dirty Birds Wings on the Fly, Gourmet Aviator and Streetrods.

(Schedule subject to change. Visit jaxparks.com for updates.)

Monday, Jan. 27
Southbank Community Forum
6-7:30 p.m.
Wyndham Jacksonville Riverwalk Hotel
Downtownjacksonville,org

Tuesday, Jan. 28
Intro to Online Chat and Video Calls
3-4:30 p.m.
Main Library
Jaxpubliclibrary.org

UniverSoul Circus
7:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com

Wednesday, Jan. 29
UniverSoul Circus
7:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com

Thursday, Jan. 30
UniverSoul Circus
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com

Food Trucks in the Plaza
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hemming Plaza
Jaxparks.com

UNF Gallery Reception and Lecture: Bede Clark
6-8 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Mocajacksonville.org

Jake Shimabukuro
8 p.m.
The Florida Theatre
Floridatheatre.com

Friday, Jan. 31
UniverSoul Circus
10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com

Food Trucks in the Plaza
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Hemming Plaza
Jaxparks.com

Saturday, Feb. 1
Winter RAM
10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Northbank Riverwalk Artists Square
Riversideartsmarket.com

UniverSoul Circus
Noon, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com

Sunday, Feb. 2
ArtFusion: Gyotaku
Noon-4 p.m.
Museum of Contemporary Art
Mocajacksonville.com

UniverSoul Circus
1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Prime Osborn Convention Center
Jaxevents.com
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