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Civic Center Eats ends Tuesday -- but trucks will keep rolling

The already-extended Civic Center Eats will hold its last Tuesday event of the year next week -- but the fun isn't over yet. "Starting in October, we will be shifting to a much smaller-scale version, but on a daily basis," explains Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, director of the Civic Center Conservancy. This switch was made possible when the city amended its agreement with her organization earlier this year, allowing it to bring in four vendors on days when the parks aren't already permitted for other events.

"We're taking this one step at a time," she explains. "We have applications for vendors out right now, and we've started receiving the applications back. Most people we don't think are going to want to be there any single day, so we hope we'll get many different vendors in through rotating schedules. We continually give new vendors a chance to get involved."

And thanks to the explosion in gourmet food trucks and carts that fueled Civic Center Eats this summer, Denver has a delicious selection of possible vendors for the daily lineup, which will continue even as the snow flies. "Five years ago, we were a farmers' market," Lent recalls. "This year, we decided we wanted to focus on food. It's a wonderful amenity for all the people who live and work around the park, but we're also thrilled that it's becoming a destination. People put it on their calendars, make lunch dates to meet here. As we transition to daily, we hope people will remember the park. The key to Civic Center is to bring people and activity into it...and food is clearly the best activator."

The last Civic Center Eats of the season will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 28.

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