1st annual Food Truck Festival comes to Minot

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MINOT, N.D. - Vendors from all over North Dakota made it to the Magic City for the very first Minot Food Truck Festival Sunday afternoon.

Community members filled Oak Park to experience something that has never been done before, but just how many people came?

"We bought 5,000 wrist bands and I think we had to re-up" said event coordinator Eric Thoemke.

The numbers weren't something the NDstrong duo was expecting.

"It definitely exceeded our expectations in so many different ways. I couldn't even begin to tell you how humble this really makes us," said event coordinator, Matthew Maldonado.

The amount of people wasn't something the vendors expected either, with a few trucks even selling out hours before the event was scheduled to end.

"We have sold like crazy. We couldn't even keep stuff in the oven because as soon as it would bake, it would go out the door. It awesome, awesome. It was a good turn out," said The Foodie Call owner Kirk Hepker.

Along with the array of food, people could enjoy the sunshine and listen to the live local bands.

"It's awesome seeing all these people out actually enjoying the outside while we still can together eating food. The live music is always fun to go to and experience live bands and different sounds" said performer Jordan Pederson.

Although NDstrong says it was a great turnout, they still have their work cut out for them next year.

"I mean this is awesome but there are some things we can work on to make this better. It's just a nice learning experience for us, really" said Maldonado.

But they say big things are already in motion.

"We already have some things planned. We're going to make it bigger. We're going to make it better. We're going to try and bring in more food trucks from the east side and make it a big North Dakota thing. Even from Minneapolis and South Dakota, the support we got today will make it bigger next year" says Thoemke​.

NDstrong says this is something they hope will continue for years to come.

Organizers are looking for feedback to make next year better. You can do that by visiting the Minot Food Truck Festival event page on Facebook.