Many Oxford residents have one important question on their minds: “What will there be to eat?”
In a town with its own food culture and a plethora of well-loved restaurants, festival-goers can expect local favorites like Proud Larry’s, Taylor Grocery, Ravine, Ming’s Kitchen and Casa Mexicana to be in attendance.
Ramiro Muñoz, manager of Casa Mexicana, said the restaurant plans to serve “customer favorites like nachos, tacos and cheese dip.” He said he plans to introduce aguas frescas, a light, non-alcoholic beverage made of blended fruits and sugars, to customers.
Several chain and franchise restaurants like Dominos, Beagle Bagel, Gus’s Fried Chicken, Chicken Salad Chick, Neon Pig and Abner’s Famous Chicken Tenders will also be represented at the festival.
Those interested in pizza will have a variety of options to choose from, including Old Venice Pizza Company, Fergndan’s Wood Fired Pizza, Funky’s Pizza and Dodo Pizza.
Locally known for hand-thrown crusts and a portable wood fired oven, Fergndan’s will be serving the “Dan,” a homemade cheese pizza, as well as the “FergE,” a pepperoni pizza with all-natural cured pepperoni. This year, Fergndan’s will be offering quarter, half or whole pizzas for sale.
“Dan will be hand-throwing and stretching the dough, and FergE will be cooking the pizzas on site at 850 degrees for an amazing personal pizza experience,” owner John Ferguson said.
Dodo Pizza, a second-time participant in the festival, is looking forward to the exciting crowds and hungry customers. Last year, its Jackson Avenue store was swarmed by festival attendees as soon as the music stopped on the Square.
Dodo’s will serve classic cheese and pepperoni by the “big slice,” complete with drinks and ranch sauce at its booth.
For art lovers in need of something sweet, Oxford welcomes MEMpops as a first-time vendor at the festival.
The Memphis-based ice pop shop said, “Festival-goers and Oxford residents will love the refreshing pops, which are a healthier option than other frozen treats.”
MEMpops specializes in all-natural, handcrafted ice pops in a variety of flavors. At Double Decker, visitors can expect traditionally delicious flavors like strawberry, orange vanilla, Mexican chocolate and coffee dulce de leche. It will also reveal a surprise pop flavor for the festival.
Snow Biz and Southern Sweets & More will also sell their addictive treats on the Square.
For lighter options at the festival, Living Foods Organic Café will offer last year’s favorites: a shrimp and avocado salad and a special quinoa dish.
Heart Break Coffee will serve its famous small-batch brew, as well.
The weekend’s barbecue options include Rebel Barn BBQ, as well as B&E BBQ and more.
All food vendors will be set up around the courthouse at the center of the Square. For a complete list of food vendors for the Double Decker Arts Festival, visit www.doubledeckerfestival.com.