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Photos: Civic Center Eats rolls into the heart of Denver

Mayor Michael Hancock stopped by Civic Center Eats.
Mayor Michael Hancock stopped by Civic Center Eats.

The seventh annual Civic Center Eats -- a moveable feast in the heart of Denver -- kicked off yesterday, with an assortment of Denver dignitaries, a record number of trucks...and no urban campers in sight.

"We know we've had some challenges in the park," said Lauri Dannemiller, head of the Denver Department of Parks and Recreation, but thanks to $9.5 million in improvements -- part of the Better Bond project that now-Mayor Michael Hancock pushed through as head of Denver City Council -- Civic Center Park has returned to its status as an urban oasis at the confluence of Denver's cultural and commercial areas.

Cagney Hedahl, owner of Still Smokin Fusion BBQ, welcoming customers to her brand-new food truck.
Cagney Hedahl, owner of Still Smokin Fusion BBQ, welcoming customers to her brand-new food truck.
Noah Hubbell

The park is not only looking good, it's tasting good, with a lineup of trucks that testify to "Denver's culinary and entrepreneurial spirit," said Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, head of the Civic Center Conservancy, which puts on Civic Center Eats. (Hancock refers to her as DD: "Denver Dynamo.")

This year's incarnation of Civic Center Eats will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. most Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 27, with dozens of trucks at each installment. The inaugural event featured several favorites from last year as well as new trucks, including one from longtime Indian stalwart, Little India, and a host of new mobile barbecue vendors.

See the complete lineup of eats and live entertainment here. In the meantime, here's a taste of that first delicious day in Civic Center:

Rhonda and Laura getting their sweet fix at the Denver Cupcake Truck.
Rhonda and Laura getting their sweet fix at the Denver Cupcake Truck.
Noah Hubbell
Good food and good conversation at Street Eats.
Good food and good conversation at Street Eats.
Noah Hubbell
The colorful and aromatic OG Burgers truck.
The colorful and aromatic OG Burgers truck.
Noah Hubbell
Some prospective eaters checking out the new Little India food truck.
Some prospective eaters checking out the new Little India food truck.
Noah Hubbell
Margaret Oines and Amy O'Donnell came all the way from Morrison for tacos from Pinche Tacos.
Margaret Oines and Amy O'Donnell came all the way from Morrison for tacos from Pinche Tacos.
Noah Hubbell
The Quiero Arepas truck.
The Quiero Arepas truck.
Noah Hubbell
Monica Kennedy enjoying her dish from Crock Spot.
Monica Kennedy enjoying her dish from Crock Spot.
Noah Hubbell
Carter serving customers at Soi Cowboy.
Carter serving customers at Soi Cowboy.
Noah Hubbell
Moe's Original Bar B Que is open for business!
Moe's Original Bar B Que is open for business!
Noah Hubbell
Brad Arguello, owner of the Uber Sausage, gives a thumbs up from his truck.
Brad Arguello, owner of the Uber Sausage, gives a thumbs up from his truck.
Noah Hubbell
Alex Arimorin and his daughter try food from the Uber Sausage and Mythos.
Alex Arimorin and his daughter try food from the Uber Sausage and Mythos.
Photographed by Noah Hubbell
2002 Westword Best of Denver winner David Booker laying down some of that funky stuff.
2002 Westword Best of Denver winner David Booker laying down some of that funky stuff.
Photographed by Noah Hubbell

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