Downtown Conroe Food Truck Festival will benefit the homeless in the Houston area

A new food truck festival slated for downtown Conroe next month will help a Houston-based nonprofit continue to serve homeless people in Montgomery, Harris and Fort Bend counties.

Kristyn Stillwell, executive director of non-profit organization HOPE Haven, chose downtown Conroe to launch the group’s first food truck fundraiser, Grub-A-Thon.

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The festival is from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on October 1, along Main Street. Admission is $10.

The festival, which includes music and food, a donut contest and a chef’s contest, will honor the nonprofit’s six years of serving the homeless in Harris, Ft. Bend and Montgomery. HOPE stands for Helping Others Pursue Excellence.

“HOPE Haven assists homeless people in crisis and helps them get off the streets and into a state of productivity free from addiction and mental illness,” Stillwell said. “(The group) has been helping the homeless since 2016 and has helped over 650 men, women and families to live in a stable way.”

The event will honor Harris County Constable 2 Jerry Garcia and Sgt. Ray Perez with the HOPE Award for Outstanding Example and Service to Homeless Communities.

Garcia is a Houston native who was elected Constable in November 2020. Perez leads the Homeless Outreach Team for Harris County Constable Precinct 2.

The event will also recognize the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Team and Abundant Harvest Kitchen receiving the Masterpiece Service Award for their continued work on behalf of the homeless. .

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Local bands Dimitris Rail, Jonah Miles and Riot the Witness will perform.

While the nonprofit’s main office is based in Houston, they want to expand into suburban counties.

Stillwell said the festival received support from the City of Conroe and downtown restaurateurs in planning the event.

“I’ve noticed there’s really a sense of community at Conroe and we want to be a part of that,” Stillwell said.

See https://grubaton.com/food-trucks/ for a full list of participating food trucks.

Downtown restaurants like The Red Brick Tavern and Dragon Bowl C Noodle Bar are also on board to participate.

“Downtowns across the country are experiencing a renaissance. Downtown Conroe is no exception. If you want to attract young talent, new businesses and grow the urban economy, you start by building a vibrant downtown,” said Frank Robinson, Conroe’s downtown manager. “Events create activities that drive people downtown. The downtown business community wants citizens and visitors to come together downtown to shop, eat, drink and perhaps spend the night.

See https://www.facebook.com/grubaton for more information and tickets.

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