TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Good food and great vibes took over downtown Tyler Saturday afternoon, transforming the square into the city's first food truck rally.
The event, hosted by Visit Tyler, brought in people from all over East Texas.
"Tyler's kind of a hub where people come to do fun things," says Hollie Fourniquet, the VP of Marketing for Visit Tyler. "They'll bring their family from all over the area to come and hang out if they know there is something cool to do."
Chris Bostick, the owner of Say Cheese Food Truck, says they sold 200 sandwiches in an hour and a half, but it wasn't just the food trucks that reaped the financial benefits; permanent businesses around downtown were buzzing with customers as well.
"Bringing people downtown so they can see what else is happening here brings a lot of money into the economy," says Fourniquet. "It helps to keep some of our historic areas of Tyler going."
In October 2016, plans for a Tyler Food Truck park were put on hold due to the old regulations, but those who came out to today's event say it's something they would like to see become a reality.
"I think It would be great to have a permanent food truck spot where you don't have to search for them and try to find where they are at," says Ronnie Gaston, who drove from Kilgore to the event.
In Austin, food trucks are a key part of their economy, bringing in millions of dollars in revenue each year. Merchants at Saturday's event hope that East Texas will soon see the benefits of food trucks as well.
"We are on the cusp of something really awesome here in Tyler," says Bostick. "People, they don't need to go to Austin, they don't need to go to Dallas, they can come right here and enjoy what Tyler has to offer."
Visit Tyler says this was one of the most successful events they have hosted. They are planning on hosting another food truck rally in the coming months.