Food Park News
A food park for and by South Dallas is making a comeback. Now called The Sunny South Dallas Food Park, it's debuting at Fair Park on November 13 with a lineup of Black-owned food trucks and trailers, with plentiful options including vegan and non-vegan foods.
Previously known as MLK Food Park, the event first debuted in April 2022 as a month-long pop-up park on 1611 Martin Luther King Blvd. In June, it relocated to Fair Park, where it held court through the end of July.
Now it's rebranded by Do Right By The Streets (DRBTS), its organizer, to highlight its representation of the South Dallas community, paying homage to its nickname, Sunny South Dallas. DRBTS is a Black-owned urban planning and place creation group founded by urban planner Desiree Powell that focuses on land use, zoning, and placemaking in communities of color.
"The name change represents a new chapter of the Food Park's growth as we continue expanding the vision of a permanent safe space at Fair Park," Powell says in a statement.
"The MLK Food Park began as a temporary pop-up park collaboration between TREC (Texas Real Estate Council), Better Block, and DRBTS,” Powell says. "The shared goal was to bring South Dallas residents together to gather in fellowship, all while supporting local Black and Brown-owned food trucks and vendors and providing a space for economic mobility."
Vendors include Dallasized Cookies, The Confectionist Factory, Bri's Bakes, Banomnom Pudding, Candles By Mezique, Smith Spot BBQ, Happy Vegan, Moe's Delights, Royalty Soy Candles, Khristian's Lemonade, Sunshine's Wings & Catfish, Sacred Instruments Jewelry, The Cat Shack, Read with Dr. Wade, and more.
"The food park is way more than bringing a bunch of food trucks and vendors out for a singular event that brings a lot of attention then leaves," DRBTS' website notes. "We're dedicated to building trust through this space that respects the past to build the community South Dallas' Black residents truly deserve."
The schedule for The Sunny South Dallas Food Park will be monthly, with a break in the winter, running from November 2022 to July 2023, on the following Sundays from 12-4 pm:
- Sunday, November 13
- Sunday, December 11
- Sunday, March 26
- Sunday, April 16
- Sunday, May 21
- Sunday, June 18
- Sunday, July 30
Parking is free at Gate 6/Lot 6 at Robert B. Cullum and MLK Jr. Boulevard.