Fork in the Road 2016

Tricentennial Park is the park on Broadway across from Kiernan Plaza/the old train station.

The Fork in the Road food truck events are set to return to downtown Albany's Tricentennial Park starting April 8. After that there will be one per month through October (the schedule's after the jump).

The organizer of the event, the Downtown Albany BID, is currently looking for feedback from the public about which food trucks and vendors people might like to see there this year, along with any general ideas for improving the event. The BID says last year's series drew an average of 600 people for each event.

And if you operate a food truck or similar business, we get the sense the BID would be happy to hear from you about potential interest in participating -- here's the application info from last year.

Fork in the Road 2016
The events are in Tricentennial Park in downtown Albany from 5-8 pm -- admission is free. All of these dates are Fridays.

April 8
May 13
June 10
July 8
August 12
September 9
October 14

Comments

I went to two events last year and thought it was strange that no alcohol could be purchased. However, a friend told me that a wine/beer stand did exist at one of the events earlier in the year so I don't know what happened. Not sure if this is by design to make it a more family oriented event but it prompted us only to stay for a bit...However, we did have a glass of wine at the art gallery.

I would add an alcohol option for those who enjoy a drink outside on a nice day, featuring local options (i.e., Nine Pin, Pump Station, and Druthers). Nothing crazy.

Hi.

I went to three of the events last year and I loved them. The best ones had live music of some kind. It was great having some pop up shops at the near by businesses and we loved the sangria and wine sold at the one stand. It'd be great to have the sliding dirty truck and a cup cake or dessert truck. Maybe cider belly could come too?

Keep up the great work!

Hi

Live music is a must! The best events had live music. Would be good to have sliding dirty and a cup cake truck too.

Keep the alcohol! It's a Friday night! We loved the stand that sold sangria and wine. Maybe some place could do a mulled spiked cider for April since it will be cold still.

We also liked the albany center gallery booth and openings when they coorisponded with fork in the road.

Thanks!

I loved the events last year, but I would have loved to see some more innovative food options. There were a lot of hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream, and not much else. More veggies would be nice too!

A few farmers market stands, a table for a local florist (Flower Scout? The Enchanted Florist?), tables from local breweries/ciders, and it could be fun to have small-scale food contests where the visitors buy tickets and vote on the "best" that week from the local restaurants and food trucks -- one week the item could be lasagna, one week it can be burgers, etc.

Would love to have some foods from other cultures--Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, et al., such as are offered from trucks in larger cities like DC, SF, and so on.

I agree with some of the comments regarding more variety in food options. Maybe more Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine. I love these events and I'm looking forward to the new ones this year.

The food trucks last year all made good food. I want to be clear about that. But they weren't all that creative or interesting. I would be nice to see one or two vendors doing something a little different, a little less typical.

As many have chimed, the food was good, but not all that inventive and stuck in one lane. I do think last year was a positive, and big, first step in the right direction in drawing folks downtown and hope this can spill over. I imagine in a few years, like the successful maturation of the Troy Farmer's Market, that this could become something really big and magical downtown, drawing in local vendors who could pitch their wears and where restaurants could set up shop mobily (The Hollow, Merry Monk, etc are all close by and could have items walked down to a booth). I for one enjoyed coming down after work before busing home to enjoy the atmosphere and people watching. Good work!!

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