Phoenix, AZ – The Downtown student government kicked off its Buy Local, Be Local campaign Tuesday with a lunchtime “Food Truck Fiesta” on Taylor Street in front of Taylor Place.

“It’s a USGD campaign aimed at encouraging students to step out into the community,” Local Affairs Director Michael Homan said.

The goal of Buy Local, Be Local events is to bring local businesses to Downtown students to show them some of what’s available just a short walk away.

Tuesday’s event brought Short Leash Hot Dogs, Jamburritos Cajun Grille Express and Riteway’s Taste Rite to the block of Taylor Street adjacent to the dorms from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. These three food trucks regularly participate in downtown Phoenix’s weekly Food Truck Friday event at the Phoenix Public Market just north of the Downtown campus.

Brad Moore, owner of Short Leash – a food truck specializing in a variety of specialty hot dogs – said a lot of students don’t know about the vibrant community of food trucks in Phoenix.

“We saw a lot of new faces today,” he said.

Adrianne Macapinlac, a dietetics junior, said she hadn’t heard about Food Truck Friday until she attended Tuesday’s Food Truck Fiesta.

Macapinlac said nearby businesses are one of the things she likes about living Downtown.

“I’m in the city and I have less of the regular college distractions, but there’s still lots to do in walking distance,” she said.

Macapinlac said she plans on attending Food Truck Friday in the future now that she knows about it.

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