Durham County

Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo celebrates dads at Durham Central Park Sunday

Hundreds of fathers roamed Durham Central Park Sunday afternoon for a Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo.

The rodeo, which featured 56 food trucks with various boutiques and local beer options, drowned out the surrounding block with live music and a pervasive smell of frying food.

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba set up in front of the Foster Street venue to perform West African dance music to the Tar Heel crowd. Cissokho, born into a family of professional musicians in Senegal, set the background to a long list of culturally diverse dining options.

Dogs piled past Good Grace’s Handmade Dog Treats while their human companions sought out shade, accompanied by their Mr. A’s Beignet or Mac-Ur-Roni macaroni and cheese. Wool E. Bull, the Durham Bulls’ mascot, went family to family for pictures and high fives.

Among the few thousand who scouted out potential meals, it was uncommon to find a family that did not sport a clever pop culture reference to fathers on their clothing. Darth Vader’s helmet from Star Wars captioned by “I am your father” was, by far, most popular.

Durham Central Park’s nonprofit partner, Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation, tackled the sweltering sun by providing free sunscreen and informational-educational items about melanoma to parents and children.

In addition to staying healthy under the sun, Durham Central Park offered “Going Green” stations throughout the block where families could learn when to compost, recycle or throw away their trash.

Durham Central Park will be hosting additional Sunday Food Truck Rodeos on Sept. 3 and Nov. 5.