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Lilah's Bakers is one of the vendors participating in this week's food-centric pop up in downtown Shreveport.
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A bit more spontaneous than the previous pop-ups and the six-week popup that will round out the year, the Foodie Fest sprang to life with the realization that some food elements have been an essential element to all pop-up success.
Taken over by a food-based pop-up, the Central Art Station gets a temporary new name and focus. Through Friday, it becomes the Central EAT Station as a variety of food-oriented businesses test market their products during the week predating the Texas Avenue Makers Fair.
As part of the Shreveport Common Foodie Fest, booths containing kitchen- and food-related products fill the engine room of 801 Crockett. During lunch and dinner, visitors may enjoy cooking and product demonstrations. As a complement to these activities, the "kitty-corner" vacant lot at Common and Crockett becomes a food truck court, containing eight or nine rolling kitchens.
A bit more spontaneous than the previous pop-ups and the six-week popup that will round out the year, the Foodie Fest sprang to life with the realization that some food elements have been an essential element to all pop-up success. And pop-ups give entrepreneurs a low risk venue to test the potential success of a business idea, with no long-term commitment, no rent or utilities, said Liz Swaine, executive director of Downtown Development Authority.
Swaine hopes that, having seen the value of a pop-up, other organizations or businesses may host pop-ups in the future. "We have information ready to share," she said. Tipitinas owner Roland von Kurnatowski plans to have a pop-up next year as he finishes renovating his three adjacent buildings at 620-624 Texas St.
Round 4 of the DDA's pop-up series will take place in the Red River District Nov. 17 through Dec. 31.
By Lani Duke