Bellaire UMC Welcomes the Neighbors to “Food Truck Friday”
Leveraging the “food truck frenzy,” Bellaire UMC hosts a Friday fun night for families in Central Houston who might otherwise avoid visiting a church campus.
A cool evening breeze, eats and treats from favorite local food trucks, kid-friendly activities and live music made for a successful “inaugural” Food Truck Friday at Bellaire UMC on May 6. Participants enjoyed a variety of delicious fare from four-wheel culinary experts from Pho-jita Fusion, Curbside Sliderz, and Friohana.
“We chose the trucks based on staff and member recommendations,” shares Rev. Seann Duffin, “Bellaire Jazz provided live music on the front lawn and a bounce house, face painting and other activities beckoned children of all ages.” To get the word out, Bellaire UMC blitzed family-friendly community gathering spots like the YMCA, Whole Foods, and area restaurants with event posters and promoted it heavily on Facebook.
On Friday night, folks in the neighborhood walked over and the event even gleaned some “drive-by” participants. “The weather was breezy and we probably had 250-300 out on the lawn of the church which is exactly what we had hoped for,” he says. “We did have visitors in church the next day, but I am not sure if they had been at the Friday event or not.”
Adds Seann, “One lesson we learned was: to have one more food trucks next time to better serve the crowd. The idea was simply to provide a fun atmosphere and place for people from the neighborhood to gather, and Bellaire UMC certainly proved to be a lively gathering place for members and area residents of all ages.”