Sunday, March 25, 2012

Treefort: Local Food Purveyors Cash in on Treefort

Posted By on Sun, Mar 25, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Another good thing about thousands of people and hundreds of bands converging on Boise this weekend for Treefort Music Fest is that they all have to eat and drink. Local restaurants and bars were salivating at the opportunity as they prepared to welcome the music-lovers into the city.

A number of local food trucks have been parked around dowtown, generally clustering in the Linen District. As C.J. Pierce from Big Daddy’s Barbecue food truck put it: “It has been really steady. Going in to it you never know, but we prepared 100 pounds of brisket and pork. We were ready for them."

The guys at the B29 Streatery food truck also saw Treefort as a golden ticket.

“Everybody is off work and it’s been great,” Greg Lamm commented. “A younger crowd along with artists has been coming through. It’s really nice to see people from out of town show interest.”

Big City Coffee is located right in the epicenter of the Treefort musical madness. Being so close to key performance venues has really influenced the cafe's patronage.

"There's been tons of different people from out of town. We’re close to The Modern where a bunch of artists are staying and also close to two main stages," said Big City's Sarah Fendley. "There are tons of people.”

Local breweries are also benefiting from the masses of people. Boise native Mike Francis, owner of Payette Brewing, said his business has been positively affected.

"Our brewery itself hasn’t got much traffic, but we have kegs all over town," said Francis. "We've definitely had a lot going on related to purchasing downtown.”

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