Mayzie Gray, of St. Clair Shores; her parents, Kyle and Chelsea; and little sister Killian all watch balloonologist “Big Don” make a balloon hat during a previous food truck rally at Freedom Hill.

Mayzie Gray, of St. Clair Shores; her parents, Kyle and Chelsea; and little sister Killian all watch balloonologist “Big Don” make a balloon hat during a previous food truck rally at Freedom Hill.

File photo by Sarah Purlee


Food truck rally rolls back to Freedom Hill

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 26, 2019

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STERLING HEIGHTS — Residents who are hungry for food truck meals at Freedom Hill can rejoice — the annual event will steer them together again.

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual food truck rally Sept. 5 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights.

Chamber Director of Events Linda Colton said the public has embraced the event as it enters its third year.

“It’s something that we’re offering at no charge to community residents,” she said. “We hope just for a nice back-to-school week, that individuals and families that are busy with the hustle and bustle don’t have to worry about cooking and come out to something nice.”

Colton said kids may play in bounce houses, and the event will feature live music and a DJ. People who are ready for dinner can expect new food options.

“We have some new trucks with us this year,” she said. “We have 14 committed food trucks, as well as we’ve added this year a health vehicle. ... We also have a dairy truck provided by the Michigan Dairy Association that will be handing out chocolate milk to all the kids.”

According to the chamber, visitors can expect to see food trucks such as the Bavarian Inn Cluck Truck, Bird Dogz, Bookie’s Southern Cuisine, Brother Truckers, Buck-N-Dink’s BBQ Food Truck, GoCheez, Hog Wild BBQ, Monkey Business, Pita Way, Polish Mania Warsaw Cuisine, Shimmy Shack, Simply Spanish, TruckShuka Detroit and Vintage House.

Sterling Heights Community Relations Director Melanie Davis is the former president and CEO of the Sterling Heights chamber. She said the Sterling Heights Police and Fire departments have been actively involved in the food truck rally; officers collect a suggested charitable donation from people who park on-site. The donated proceeds go to the Sterling Heights Drug Free Coalition.

“The city has always been a part in this,” she said. “The police officers are collecting a suggested donation of $3 per car, and that goes to charity. They will be doing that, and they will also be participating with first responder vehicles there, and K-9s. The residents, the kids and the families can explore. It’s a great way for our residents to engage with first responders from both police and fire.”

The Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold a food truck rally 4:30-8:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill, 14900 Metropolitan Parkway in Sterling Heights. Admission is free, though charitable donations will be sought for parking. Find out more by visiting www.shrcci.com or by calling (586) 731-5400.

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