Exercise, shop, and eat—at the same time. On Saturday, August 24th, local media outlet Live in Everett will once again host The Everett Food Truck Festival, which reemerges at Wetmore Theater Plaza in downtown Everett with plenty of new additions and delicious bites for you to try. And this year, you can work up an appetite with the first ever Yum Run 5k (3.1 miles).

This light-hearted run is the perfect way to burn some calories before a day of eating and drinking. Move at your own pace around scenic North Everett before crossing the finish line at Wetmore Plaza and entering the food truck festival. Yum Run participants earn early entrance to the festival before it opens to the public and enjoy the bounty of trucks without the lines or wait time. With more emphasis on the “yum” than the “run,” this event provides zany, oversize food-themed hats (think hot dogs, hamburgers, and pizza) and welcomes all ages and abilities. Keeping with the food-forward theme, you can stop at “Mile Munch Markers,” which help you celebrate your progress and whet your palate with small bites from local restaurants along the route.

But make sure to save room for the main event: Runners (and joggers and walkers) receive VIP access to the food trucks—including favorites like New Orleans style soul food slingers Where Ya At Matt and grilled cheese experts The Grilled Cheese Experience. Last year’s festival drew around 10,000 people and this year promises even larger crowds, with an increase from 20 trucks to more than 30. Plus, the whole family can join in with free admission for kids under six and a stroller-friendly course.  

Make the most of your food truck festival visit by exploring any one of the attractions just a few blocks away, like interactive Imagine Children’s Museum or Funko HQ, the original home of the cute, pop culture figurines. If you’re looking for an adults-only activity, you can sample pours from more than 25 breweries and cideries at nearby Upper Left Beerfest, which has partnered with The Everett Food Truck Festival. With your Food Truck Festival and Upper Left Beerfest tickets in hand, you have free rein to go back and forth between the two events, combining the best of Everett’s bites and brews. And continue to shop while you snack at one of the festival’s newest additions, the Street Market, curated by Everett Makers Market, where you can find all sorts of paintings, pottery, and other fun knickknacks.

Transportation to the event is a breeze with free street parking and free spaces in the Everpark garage (two blocks east of the plaza). Or catch a ride with Community Transit, which is providing free transportation to and from the festival with preloaded, $10 ORCA cards—You might even win a free food truck voucher just for RSVP-ing for the card.

For the full food truck lineup and to sign up for the Yum Run 5k, head to liveineverett.com/yum. Discounted, early bird tickets are $29 until July 7 and include a free 2019 Yum Run t-shirt designed by local artist Sierra Rozario. Plus, get an extra $5 off early bird pricing when you use the code SMET19.