Fayetteville buffets face uncertainty, but many diners ready to return

Buffet diners of all ages queue close together, plates and silverware perhaps already in hand, waiting for their turn to help themselves to the communal dishes of food

Serving utensils are shared and sometimes errantly switched from one dish to another. Spills happen.

The fact that most buffets are equipped with clear sneeze guards is a reminder that there has always been a little bit of risk involved. 

But when the COVID-19 pandemic erupted in March 2020 and restaurant dining rooms closed, buffets ground to a halt. The heat lamps and steam tables went cold. The chocolate fountains, under whose cascading flows countless cubes of pound cake, fruit and undoubtedly children’s hands once enrobed, dried up. 

Some have questioned what role buffets have in a post-pandemic world. But for a number of Fayetteville-area buffets, the last 18 months have been a time of closure, loss, adaptation and for some,

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Evansville Food Truck Festival to return May 30 after COVID pause

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – After more than a year of no food festivals, the 4th Annual Evansville Food Truck Festival is right around the corner.

Joe Notter of Evansville Events began putting together food-themed festivals four years ago starting with the first Food Truck Festival, then moving into the delicious realms of wings, strombolis, tacos, barbecue and many more.

Until dismal 2020.

“We haven’t done a festival in 15 months,” Notter said. “I felt like I lost hope at some point. We were hoping that this past January would come around and things would get better, but we couldn’t even do our January Resolution Run which gets us going for the year, so it was really stressful.”

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Finally, however, things are shaping up, and the 2021 Evansville Food Truck Festival is on for Sunday,

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