Out & About

Downtown filled with vendors, food trucks for 45th annual Mulberry Street Festival

The final weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival means the streets of downtown will be filled with arts, crafts and food.

The Middle Georgia Art Association will be back on Mulberry Street this weekend with its 45th annual Mulberry Street Festival. The weekend also marks the return of the Food Truck Frenzy.

The arts and crafts festival, Macon’s oldest, will feature goods from hundreds of vendors.

“What keeps it going on year after year are the products that are presented by the artists and vendors that come to town each year,” said Mae Thurston, executive director of the Middle Georgia Art Association. “It started off as a small group of artists locally 45 years ago and since then we have up to 200 or more vendors from all over the United States.”

Thurston said that in terms of the vendors at the festival, attendees can expect to see their favorite regulars along with some new additions.

“It is a wonderful outside festival where people can see and purchase both beautiful and functional artwork and crafts,” said Mark Ballard, one of the regular vendors at the festival. “In my booth, I’m most known for selling my Cherry Blossom Festival T-shirts. They are reproduced in a full color process from original paintings I do. People come year after year to purchase the current one to add to their collection. I also have prints, note-cards, books and cookbooks available. I have always enjoyed being a part of this fantastic arts and crafts festival.”

One of the more recent additions to the festival is the Food Truck Frenzy event.

This event will feature food trucks from all across the South with cuisine offerings ranging from French street food and fish and chips to gourmet hot dogs and ice cream.

Food truck vendors include Mix’d Up Burgers, Five Finger Philly, On Tapas the World, Happy Belly, the Mobile Marlay, the Pup Truck, Westside Creamery, Gotta Have It, the French Truck, SnoBayou and Mac the Cheese.

Food trucks will be open noon-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday and will be located on Third Street between Mulberry and Walnut streets.

Both events are family-friendly and free to attend. If severe weather does occur, Thurston said that the community will be notified of any changes Friday.

Mulberry Street Arts and Crafts Festival

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 28-29

Where: Mulberry Street, between Second and Third streets

Cost: Free

Information: www.cherryblossom.com