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A food truck Friday for the Northtowns

Why should downtown have all the food truck fun?

Starting June 30, the Buffalo Niagara Marriott Hotel (1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst) will host its first Food Truck Friday. The weekly series continues from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. through Aug. 25.

New catering sales manager Alison Potter (formerly of Templeton Landing) hopes her new event will provide the Northtowns with a fun, family-friendly evening.

“This is something new for our area, as we really don’t have anything like this in the Northtowns. We wanted to create a safe, spacious environment for families to enjoy food trucks,” said Potter, who noted there is plenty of parking, too.

Each week, a variety of food trucks will provide food (from savory to sweet choices), while the hotel’s own catering operation will feature a variety of gourmet hot dogs with different toppings. A separate area for guests 21 and over will serve beer, wine and specialty cocktails that will rotate on a weekly basis.

The food trucks featured at the inaugural event are Gourm-Asian Bistro, Flaming Fish, Cheesecake Guy, Get Fried, Souped Up, Rudy’s Kitchen, Hawaiian BBQ, Maria’s Bene Cibo, K Cafe, Lloyd Taco and Born in Buffalo Co.

[RELATED: Explore The Buffalo News' Food Truck Guide for 2017]

Kid-friendly entertainment will include things like visits from the Getzville fire department (think firetrucks), face painting and pet rescue groups. Event sponsor Northtown Auto also will bring a few new vehicles to see.

Live bands will appear each week, starting with Joseph Michael Mahfoud on June 30 followed by the Soul Providers, July 7; The Last Shot Band, July 14; Maria Aurigema, July 21; the Speedy Parker Band, July 28; Flipside, Aug. 11; Speedy Parker, Aug. 18 and Joyryde, Aug. 25.

In the event of rain, the food trucks will be canceled but the band will move indoors to the Blue Fire Bar & Grille.

While there will be some tables and seating available, guests are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

“We’re anticipating very few growing pains for the first time, but we hope the event will grow and evolve,” said Potter. “So when you get home Friday throw the kids and the car and come on down for dinner.”

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