Local food trucks work to beat the summer heat


MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – We’ve had some hot days the past few years, but today kicks off our first official heat warning since 2012.

The weather could affect a major weekend event in Meridian Township that doesn’t need these sweltering temps to heat up.

Tomorrow’s Food Truck Rally in Meridian Township is expected to see about 30,000 people. But despite the heat, workers at Good Bites Food Truck say they’re prepping their way into tomorrow.

Jeffery Vanhorn is chef at Good Bites Food Truck in downtown Mason. He says the job isn’t easy, especially during the summer months.

“There is little space. It’s usually hot, essentially working outside around flames,” said Vanhorn.

Good Bites is one of fifty-five food trucks that will set up at the Celebrate Meridian event tomorrow.

LuAnn Maisner, the Director of Parks and Recreation for Meridian Township, says this year they will take extra precautions to keep people cool.

“Safety is of primary concern any time we have an event and now that we have this additional heat going on we have extra ice chests and water available and water filling stations,” said Maisner.

Vanhorn says he and his staff will be taking precautions too.

“If we’re not hydrated and if we’re not taking breaks and at 100 percent then we don’t necessarily put out the best product,” said Vanhorn.

But no matter how hot it gets outside, he says there’s nothing like working in a food truck.

“You get them all in one spot and everybody’s like oooh, so that’s exciting,” said Vanhorn.

They say they’re expecting to sell about a 1,000 pounds of food and they’re going to keep prepping today until it all gets done.

If you’re interested in celebrating Meridian or just checking out the food from those trucks, here’s a look at the event.

The Farmers Market runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Food Truck Rally is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The beer and wine tent will be open until 11 p.m. tomorrow night. Fireworks will light up the skies starting at 10:15 p.m.

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