Robert Mills House

Food truck events need several factors to succeed, and accessibility on a tight schedule is one of those factors — which is why Historic Columbia’s Robert Mills House is an ideal place for such an event, given the location and parking availability.

The nonprofit historical preservation group will be hosting their first Food Truck in the Gardens on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mary’s Arepas will be on site for lunch and will have both arepas and tamales. Mary’s is a frequent Soda City Market vendor, offering thick, stuffed corn flour patties filled with a variety of meats, beans, and cheeses.

The Scoopy Doo/Drip gelato and coffee truck will also be there.

Tables and chairs will be set up in the gardens for folks who want to linger and enjoy their meal outside.

“This will be perfect in the fall and spring to encourage folks to get out, walk around and enjoy our downtown public gardens,” says Anna Kate Twitty, director of marketing and communications for Historic Columbia.

Getting there should be easy, she says: “We’ll be getting a new city bike share station soon at the corner of Taylor and Henderson, and the Robert Mills House is right near a Soda Cap Connector stop.” Some parking is also available at the gardens.

Twitty says they would like to see this become a regular monthly event and will gauge the response. Food truck vendors would change monthly.

The Robert Mills House is located at 1616 Blanding St.

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