COLUMBUS, OHIO, UNITED STATES - 2021/06/11: Jojo's Soul Food sign on a food truck as it makes its debut during Franklinton Fridays. The second Friday of every month is Franklinton Fridays, a day to highlight the Franklinton Arts District, art and artists in the area while openly socializing. This event is one of the first large scale events to take place after the Ohio Department of Health rescinded almost all pandemic health requirements on June 2, 2021, with an exception that masks should be worn for most forms of public transportation. (Photo by Stephen Zenner/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Dozens of people gathered for the Black Food Truck Friday event in west Charlotte Friday night. The food truck rally was held in an open lot along Tryon Street just down the road from Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU).

The event was organized by the Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) organization. It was the first time the event has been held on the city’s west side.

“We have about 40 businesses, Black-owned businesses here and so I think it’s great. It’s an opportunity to invest in black-owned businesses and a lot of black-owned businesses live in this actual neighborhood,” said Cathay Dawkins, executive director of BBOC.

The event was free to attend, but donations were welcomed.

Jay Shelton, a graduate of JCSU, said he was happy to bring his daughters to the event.

Because of the festive atmosphere and delicious culinary options, some west Charlotte residents dropped in as they were walking through the neighborhood.

While the food truck rally served as a great place for a community get-together, it also offered local eateries and vendors the opportunity to showcase their goods.

Mule Berhe and her family brought their truck, Mogogo, to the event. The truck is known for its tasty Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.

Both vendors and customers seemed to agree that it’s nice to be able to gather together.

COVID-19 vaccines have been offered at some of the Black Food Truck Friday events, but none were available at this Friday’s gathering.