Adams Square hosts new food fair

By: Tiffany Esshaki | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 19, 2013

 Treat Dreams! ice cream truck, from downtown Ferndale, will be among several food trucks to make an appearance each week at the Adams Square Food Fair.

Treat Dreams! ice cream truck, from downtown Ferndale, will be among several food trucks to make an appearance each week at the Adams Square Food Fair.

Photo by Tiffany Esshaki

BIRMINGHAM —  Things just got a little tastier over in the Triangle District.

From now through Aug. 29, the shopping center on Adams Road, just off of Woodward Avenue, will play host to some of metro Detroit’s most well-known food vendors. Foodie favorites like Ned’s Travel Burger, Treat Dreams!, Slow Jams and more will gather each Thursday evening to give the community a fun — and delicious — excuse to come together and enjoy the warm summer nights.

Gary Andrus, of Adams Square Shopping Center, said he decided to offer up his parking lot to the food fair vendors when the owner of Great Harvest Bread Co., Tina Yancey, told Andrus that she and her fellow vendors became unable to use their usual space in Ferndale.

“They were looking around for another place to gather. Their theme was ‘food.’ It wasn’t soaps or anything else; it was all about food, whether it was little food trucks or prepared food like fresh milk and meats,” said Andrus. “It sounded like a fun community event, and I’m all into that. This entire shopping center thrives because the community comes to shop and they come here to be entrepreneurs and have a place to do business. We’re really connected to the community.”

With that, Great Harvest Bread, along with about a dozen other food sellers — like Tracina’s Gourmet Specialties, Crossroads Creamery and Roots to Fruits edible landscapes — packed up their goodies and headed to Birmingham. Andrus worked to ensure the vendors had a good place to sell, and then Whole Foods Market and Edible WOW magazine signed on as sponsors. The result was a feeding frenzy that welcomed more than 300 neighbors to its inaugural event.

“I think we’re going to grow. I can’t wait for this Thursday night. It’s just a fun thing to have for the community. I enjoyed it so much last week because people actually brought their families down and bought a little of this and a little of that, and they sat on the grass and ate. They said they can’t wait to come back.”

Birmingham resident Max Cormier was one of several returning customers to head back to the second food fair June 13. The 18-year-old said he enjoyed the event so much on its first night that he brought back a few friends the next week.

“I just like that it’s mostly local, good, organic food. I was talking to the (vendors) last week and they were all really cool and nice, and the food was great, so I had to come back,” he said.

Dana Smith, 18, of Birmingham, strapped on her Rollerblades and made the trek up to Adams Square with Cormier to check out the eats. As she waited in line at the Green Zebra food truck, she said she was glad to see the fair come to her neighborhood.

“He said it was really cool, and I don’t know, I’m just trying to try something new,” said Smith.

The Adams Square Food Fair will be held 4-8 p.m. every Thursday until Aug. 29. The event is free and open to the public. Adams Square Shopping Center is located at 725 S. Adams Road in Birmingham.