Eat the Street festival avoids rain, benefits 21st District Recovery Court

Eat the Street festival avoids rain, benefits 21st District Recovery Court

PHOTO: An enormous crowd overtook the Eat the Street Festival at Franklin’s Bicentennial Park on Friday, May 4, 2018.//Brooke Wanser


Casting aside any stormy anxieties, thousands passed through Bicentennial Park in Franklin for the seventh annual Eat the Street Festival Friday night.

Thunderstorms and rain had been predicted for Friday night all week, but the rain held off as participants enjoyed food from more than 30 trucks on a warm, cloudy evening.

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After selecting their food, many families set up chairs in the grass along the Harpeth River. // MARGARET COOK

Families gathered with dogs and children on the grass at the park, taking their pick of Southern, Korean, Thai, Mexican and New England cuisine- and of course, dessert.

The event was begun in 2012 as a fundraiser for the 21st District Recovery Court, a rehabilitation program for addicted criminal offenders.

Volunteers wound through the street, asking for donations to fund housing and treatment while in the program; some were recovering addicts.

The recovery court program is an intensive program, lasting at least two years, and ultimately, a way for addicts to get clean, learn a how to maintain healthy lifestyle, and rejoin their communities.

Seventy-five percent of drug court graduates stay free from future criminal offense.

Visit the website here to learn more about the work the drug court does.

Parking for the event was scarce, an many opted to park at the city-owned Hill Property site/Brooke Wanser.
Attendees sprawled on the open grass, bringing chairs and blankets/Brooke Wanser.
The street winding through the park was crowded and food truck lines were long/Brooke Wanser.
Jeff Moseley, the 21st District Recovery Court board president and event chair asked for donations with his wife, Helen.//Brooke Wanser.
Many festivalgoers brought their pups to the event/Brooke Wanser.
The line for the Grilled Cheeserie food truck, which will soon open in a store front on Main Street, was predictably long/Brooke Wanser.
Many ate at the festival, which ran from 5 to 10 p.m., then headed to the Art Crawl in downtown Franklin/Brooke Wanser.

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Brooke Wanser is the associate editor for the Franklin Home Page, and can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @BWanser_writes or @FranklinHomepg.

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