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Downtown Chowdown Rumbles onto Academy Street

Third of four food truck festivals this year in downtown Cary

Post Date:07/24/2017 10:00 AM
  • Third summer food truck rodeo sets up along Academy Street between Dry Avenue and Waldo Street on July 30 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. with two dozen food trucks and six beer/wine vendors.
  • LaureNicole and Peak City Sound will perform on the stage in Downtown Park.
  • To support this event, Academy Street and Park Street will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.




Full Release

Cary, N.C. – It’s back! The third Downtown Chowdown food truck rodeo of the summer brings music, food, drinks and lots of fun to Academy Street from Dry Avenue to Waldo Street on July 30 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Up your foodie score by hitting one of the 24 Triangle-area food trucks that will set up shop, including Baconessence, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Fresh Local Ice Cream, Oak City Fish & Chips, Mac-Ur-Roni, Taco Grande and lots more. Those looking to satisfy their cravings for a local brew or wine can head over to the two designated areas to sample the wares from Bond Brothers, Chatham Hill Winery, Chatham Street Wine Market, Fortnight Brewing, Fullsteam Brewing and Raleigh Brewing Co. This is the third of four Downtown Chowdowns set for 2017; the remaining date is Oct. 1.

“Downtown Chowdown has settled in nicely in its home along Academy Street and keeps getting better and better,” said Ryan O’Quinn, program specialist for outdoor arts events. “Once again we’ve put together a great selection of the best food trucks and beer and wine vendors in the Triangle to provide an awesome afternoon of fun for all ages in downtown Cary.”

During the event, live music from Raleigh-based LaureNicole and Apex’s Peak City Sound will perform on the stage at Downtown Park. LaurenNicole’s influence runs the gamit from the classic rock of Guns ‘n’ Roses and Led Zeppelin to recent pop stars Daughtry and Christina Aquilera. Peak City Sound are a 15-musicians strong band that will take their audience on a toe-tapping journey from Motown to Margaritaville with an energetic blend of feel-good songs. There will be seating areas available in the park and leashed pets are allowed. A kid’s area on Park Street next to the Mayton Inn will provide giant checkers, giant Jenga, bubbles, hula hoops, and more.

In support of the Downtown Chowdown, Academy Street will be closed from Dry Avenue to Waldo Street on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Additionally, Park Street will be closed for through traffic at Academy Street during the same time. Dry Street and Chatham Street will remain open during the event. Parking is available in downtown Cary and the parking deck at Town Hall Campus (intersection of Wilkinson Avenue and Ambassador Loop). Accessible parking is available at the Cary Arts Center parking lot located off Faculty Avenue. Patrons can use the sidewalk to proceed across Dry Avenue to the event.

Cary’s Downtown Chowdown will be held rain or shine; in the event of inclement weather, visit For more, go to Recreation and Enjoyment at or call (919) 460-4963. And for more fun in downtown Cary, follow on Twitter @TOC_Downtown and search our calendar at


Primary Contacts

Ryan O’Quinn, Program Specialist – Outdoor Arts Events, (919) 460-4968

Carrie Roman, Public Information Supervisor, (919) 481-5091

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240



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