GLENS FALLS — The Food Truck Corral at The Shirt Factory is coming back in June, when it will be expanded to every Thursday and with more fresh food.
The Shirt Factory held three well-attended events last summer, when food trucks set up on the courtyard. Shirt Factory owner Eric Unkauf said he wants to build upon that success.
The first Food Truck Corral is scheduled for June 7, and the events will continue on Thursdays throughout June, July and August, he said. He would like to have a certain number of farmers come also to sell fresh fruit, dairy, yogurt, cheese and maybe freshly-baked bread.
Unkauf said the corral would not be a full-fledged farmers market.
“We’re just looking to add another dimension as to what we’re doing on Thursday nights,” he said.
In addition, Unkauf said he is also talking to people at the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council to see if the organization would have craft vendors and other artisans set up shop in the courtyard.
Unkauf said he would like eventually to brand the event as “The Market on Thursdays” and said it is important to keep it fresh.
“I don’t want it to be where someone feels like ‘I already did that, I know what that’s all about,’” he said. “I want it to be where somebody feels like they’ve got to check it out.”
The next major event at the Shirt Factory is the second annual Winter Meltdown Spicy Food Festival scheduled for Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Unkauf described it as a “mini Taste of the North Country.”
People will be able to buy sample portions from restaurants. There will also be vendors selling crafts and specialty food items such as sauces, marinades, spices and jams and jellies. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Open Door Mission.
This is the second year for the event, which Unkauf said became the impetus for the Food Truck Corral. David Britton, who runs the Pies on Wheels truck and uses part of a commercial kitchen in The Shirt Factory, suggested the corral idea.