It’s back, Food Truck Fridays! The popular lakeside dining and music event at Lake Lanier Olympic Park returns with plenty of room to load up plates, sip a brew, and dine overlooking the legacy Olympic course.

Six food trucks will dish up an eclectic selection of specialties on the Olympic plaza from 5-9 p.m. March 12. Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Dave Anderson starts up at 6 p.m. with original songs and covers rooted in Southern blues, gospel, soul and country.

“We’re taking advantage of the real estate” to socially distance at LLOP, said Eric Larsen, LLOP special events manager. “We’re spreading out the food trucks and encouraging people to use the grandstands.” Musicians for the seasonal event will perform in the awards circle, below the grandstands next to the lake.

Reserve seating is also offered at $35 for an eight-foot table with seating for six. Neighboring tables are appropriately distanced. Tables are an added option and not required for attending. Admission is free.

Food trucks wheeling in for the season opener include a newcomer, Pass the Plates. The College Park mobile eatery stuffs Greek pitas with soul comfort food. Sherry’s Bait & Barbecue, Bill’s Grill on Wheels, and All Around the World will also roll in to serve up entrees. Diners can finish up with desserts from Kona Ice and Juke n Jive Creamery.

Local taprooms Downtown Drafts and Tap It, will pour beer and wine.

The event, scheduled monthly through August, except in July, traditionally draws hundreds of Friday celebrants. Larsen said the celebration has not had to limit attendees. The grandstands, which can hold more than 2,000 people, offer ample room to spread out.

Food Truck Fridays are back!

What: Seasonal monthly line-up of food dining and live music on plaza and grandstands overlooking Lake Lanier.

When:  5-9 p.m. March 12, Apr. 9, May 14, June 11, August to be announced.

Where: Lake Lanier Olympic Park Plaza, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville.

Cost: Free to attend; reserve tables available for $35.

Information:, 855-536-1996