The Growing Craze of Food Trucks Hits Home (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

May 31, 2013 Updated Jun 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – It’s summertime in Fort Wayne, meaning it’s time to sit outside and enjoy the weather and the finest foods the city has to offer… even if it comes from a truck.

Over the past year 12 food trucks have popped up around the Summit City with each truck offering a number of specialty menu options ranging from Cajun to prime beef to some American classics like hot dogs and hamburgers.

The Fort Wayne Food Truck Association says it’s not just the delicious foods that get people excited, but the whole culture change these trucks provide.

"They've realized what we are doing now, they believe in the product we're putting,” Fort Wayne Food Truck Association Vice President John Maxwell says of the community’s overall interest. “The diversity of the trucks, the food and just the fun aspect of food trucks, just the party atmosphere that the trucks kind of bring along to get people out of the offices and onto the streets where they can walk around and maybe do some other shopping and stroll around the city of Fort Wayne."

Yet despite being industry competitors, food truck owners still have a very tight-knit relationship. Truck organizers have been working together to put together a number of festivals throughout the summer, including FoodStock in July. And through this relationship, support in the community continues to grow.

"We are building quite a following, it's really been surprising and it's made us very happy. We're supported by the people of Fort Wayne; it's just overwhelming for us. I thought we were going to do great, I didn't think we were going to do this great. You know, it's been wonderful."

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