Macomb County teams up with Macomb Food Collaborative to promote local food economy

Beats and Street Eats 2016 on July 13

I can already hear my stomach growling. Food trucks will be rolling into Mount Clemens just in time for dinner when you get out of work on Wednesday, July 13.

That evening, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Macomb Food Collaborative – with the assistance from Macomb County Planning & Economic Development, the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and the city of Mount Clemens – is holding the first-ever Beats and Street Eats 2016, a food truck rally wherein food trucks from a variety of Andiamorestaurants will park in downtown Mount Clemens to serve some of their most delicious fare to the public.

We are working hard to bring a great variety of food trucks to this event including, but not limited to El Charro, Andiamo, All American Ice Cream and Norma G’s Fine Caribbean Cuisine. We are working on a few other food trucks at this time so I guess you will just have to show up to see who they are.

 EC-TRUCK-v4Macomb Place which will be blocked off for the event between southbound Gratiot and Pine Street. The Orleans Sports Cafe at 100 Macomb Place has a prime location and will allow people to use their patio to eat the food purchased from the trucks. The Music Messengers band will be set up and playing during the event as well. We were also able to get the Barrel Bike Bar to bring people from in front of the Macomb County Circuit Court building to the food trucks and back starting from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This is a ride in which you are sitting across or next to your friends and it is a pedal-powered cart. Check them out at

Now that I have your attention, I will tell you a little more why this is going to be in town.

Each food truck will be donating $50 to Macomb Food Collaborative for the large Farm to Fork conference to be held at the University Center of Macomb Community College in 2017. Macomb Food Collaborative works to ensure access to safe, fresh, fair and healthy food for all. They promote a vibrant, local food economy, sustainability and good nutrition through education, outreach and support.

The idea came when visiting the Eastern Market in Detroit and they have a row of food trucks that all are different and all are very tasty. I thought, “why not bring food trucks into Mount Clemens for a night to bring people downtown which some may have never been here before?”  This will also give the food truck owners a chance to check out the area if they would like to buy or lease permanent building space in Mount Clemens since there are some great locations available to open a restaurant.

I had the chance to work with Mount Clemens DDA in the past with the Bikes, Burgers, and Brew event which was a big hit last summer. This one-night food truck event is going to be gone as fast as the summer for school kids so please come out and have some fun eating good food with friends to support the Macomb Food Collaborative.

See you there and bring your appetite!

Jack Johns is a senior economic development specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development. Call him at (586) 469-6293 or email

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