Off the Grid has announced that they will be shifting their weekly Public Market food truck market that has been going for the past two years, to a monthly event. Off the Grid: Emeryville Public Market Monthly Food Truck Festivals will kick off August 20th and repeat the third Saturday of every month.
At least a few OtG regulars have noted dwindling attendance and fewer trucks at the weekly events. “While I’m disappointed, I can’t say I’m surprised.” noted Emeryville resident Ashley Bartosh via Nextdoor.com. “I’ve noticed the number of trucks coming is fewer and fewer, down to an average of three a week, and the number of people visiting is also lower”. Bartosh was optimistic that the new format would reinvigorate the market. “Hopefully bringing it down to once a month will fill that event! I love the food it brings and I’d hate to see it leave entirely.”
The final weekly OtG Public Market will be on August 13th. The new monthly events will continue to be held in the parking lot on Shellmound Street directly across from Urban Outfitters and next to Hyatt House.
The monthly event will reportedly be larger with a wider variety of food trucks, live music performances, and more focus on community partnerships. By shifting the concept to occur less frequently, Off the Grid will be able to dedicate more resources into curating more of a festival atmosphere. Along with children’s activities, Off the Grid hopes to provide a stage for local performers, giving them a space to showcase their talents.
Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over fifty weekly public markets throughout the Bay Area and Sacramento. For a complete list of upcoming markets, visit OffTheGrid.com.