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Downtown Bites: French Fries on a Friday

Hundreds of people crowded by the bay and perched on the seawall for beer, live music, fire juggling, and of course french fries Friday for the second annual French Fry Festival.

Loving french fries is a given. So when I heard that there was going to be a second French Fry Festival, I had to drop all plans, call out of work, procrastinate on homework a little further, and head down to Beach Drive. The second annual French Fry Festival was held in North Straub park with over 20 food trucks that all sold at least one variation of the classic french fry. Better yet, the French Fry Festival was in association with The Kind Mouse, an organization that helps chronically hungry children.

The Twisted Indian’s food truck had fries with curry and yogurt, Just Smokin BBQ offered fries with pulled pork drenched in sauce. Tater tots were smothered in cheese and bacon. Passerbys had stars in their eyes and tongues hanging out in anticipation. The event, held from 6 -11 p.m., was a great way to end a long week the right way.

The lines were so long they reached across Bayshore Drive North East into the park. Some lines almost surpassed the stage where the band was performing. Dogs and people alike were dressed in french fry costumes. Vendors were working up a sweat in their trucks, steaming over hot grills and churning out orders. There were people walking around with entire pineapples filled with drinks and tiny umbrellas. The smells wafting over North Straub were mouth-watering.  

The whole event was sweet, savory and St. Pete’s example of how a weekend should start, with a side of french fries.

All photos courtesy of Emily Bowers.

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