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H&8th Night Market Continues Expansion Tonight

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According to organizers, about 8,000 people attended H&8th Night Market in June.

I’ll restate that so it doesn’t go by unnoticed: Eight-thousand.

Folks, we’ve got a movement on our hands.

While the much-needed soggy weather is making for a gloomy Friday, the current forecast shows clear, cool weather this evening, which could well mean another bump in attendance for the monthly MidTown street festival that started its 2013 season with about 2,500 people in April. The end of May event was canceled due to the historic and tragic deadly storms that ripped through Oklahoma, but the return in June drew the remarkable number previously stated twice.

The numbers don’t lie, and were strong enough to draw attention from a new truck born outside Oklahoma City. Cafe Bella was a Stillwater restaurant that decided to ditch the bricks and mortar and go mobile, indicating there’s a chance the restaurant industry faces an evolution not unlike the personal computer, which went from desktops to laptops in less than a generation. Café Bella on Wheels is the new face of Café Bella, a family-owned Mediterranean restaurant that has been a Stillwater Main Street mainstay for the past decade.

The H&8th Night Market street festival is built around a growing lineup of food trucks, which tonight will include Café Bella on Wheels, Big Truck Tacos,The Halls Pizza Kitchen, Smokin’ Okies,, Roxy’s Ice Cream Social, Huey’s Shave Ice, Hawks Hot Dogs, Mutt’s Hot Dogs, Heo’s Kitchen, Off the Hook Seafood & More, Taste of Soul Egg Roll, Taste of Soul Chicken & Waffles, Crepe Brewers, La Gumbo YaYa, Urban Agrarian, and Wild Al’s.

Neighborhood restaurant Ludivine, 805 N Hudson Ave., will serve Japanese-style fried chicken with scallions, fried Oklahoma catfish with roasted corn blue cheese aioli and hot sauce, vegetarian roti with Greek yogurt and pork skin scrapple in an open-seating environment. Elemental Coffee will serve coffee and tea and COOP Ale Works will offer craft beer.

This month’s live music lineup is curated by ACM@UCO and includes: Moongiant (7 p.m.); Bowlsey (8 p.m.); Oklahoma Cloud Factory (9 p.m.); Paperscissor (10 p.m.). E-Roy, host of “Toaster Brunch” on The Spy will DJ inside Ludivine from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Katie Wicks, host of The Spy’s “SpyLab,” will DJ the Ludivine after-party from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Scissortale Salon’s monthly pop-up shop guest will be ShopGood. Recycling and composting is provided by Fertile Ground.

For more information about H&8th Night Market, including an event map, go here.or call 633-1703. Updates will be posted on Facebook and Twitter, watch for the #OKCNightMarket hashtag for updates, including any schedule changes made necessary by weather.

See you there!

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma’s booming food scene. Read more ›