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From the wacky to old faves, it’s time to feast on Riverfest food

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 10:35 a.m.
  • Updated Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 4:22 p.m.


Century II food court

Chan’s Concessions

Egg roll, $2

Chicken on a stick, $7

Vegetarian lo mein and rice, $6

Shrimp fried-rice plate, $8

Lemonade, flavored lemonade, sweet tea, $3-$4

Coffee on the Move

Shaved ice, $3-$4

Gourmet coffee, $3-$4

D&J Pronto Pup

Pronto Pup, $3

Cheese on a stick, $4

Hot dog, $3

Bottled drinks, $2-$4

Dippin’ Dot Ice Cream

Ice cream, 4, 6 and 8 ounces, $4, $6, $8

Bottled drinks, $2-$4

Hoopingarner’s Funnel Cake

Nine-inch funnel cake, $6

Funnel cake topping, $1

Chocolate-dipped cheesecake, $5

Red velvet funnel cake, $7

Lemonade/cherry limeade, $3-$5

Hoopingarner’s Philly Steak

Philly cheese steak, $7

Fried pickles, $6

Fresh-cut fries, $5

Polish sandwich, $6

Hot link sandwich, $5

Deep-fried candy bar, $4

Chocolate-dipped cheesecake, $5

Pork chop sandwich, $5

Sweet tea, lemonade, cherry limeade, $3-$5

Made 2 Grill

Made 2 Grill 1/4-pound bratwurst, $4

Made 2 Grill 1/2-pound bratwurst, $7

Breaded bratwurst on a stick, 1/4 pound, $5

Jumbo pork tenderloin sandwich, $7

Spicy fried chicken sandwich, $7

Twister fries, $4-$6

Fries with meat purchase, $3

Family-sized funnel cake, $6

Steak burger, 1/4 pound, $5

Chicken breast strips, regular or spicy, $5-$6

Lemonade, strawberry lemonade, $3-$5

Brewed iced tea, raspberry tea, $3-$5

Mario’s Cuisine

Lamb gyros on pita with veggies, $7

Lamb with veggies in a bowl, $7

Steak Romano on pita with veggies, $7

Steak Romano with veggies in bowl, $7

Mediterranean sausage on pita, $7

Seafood Romano with veggies in bowl, $7

Chicken oregano on pita, $7

Chicken oregano in bowl, $7

Veggies and portabella on pita, $7

Veggies and portabella in bowl, $7

Pork Tuscany on pita, $7

Pork Tuscany in bowl, $7


Nuway, 8 ounces, $5

Root beer, $2

Chips, $2

Root beer float, $3

Garlic salad, $2

Pizza Hut

Personal pan pizza (beef/pepperoni/cheese/supreme), $5

Breadsticks, $4

Cheesesticks, $5

Tad’s Chicken on a Stick

Chicken tenders on a stick, $7

Shrimp on a stick, $7

Tad’s Bodacious Burrito

Quesadilla (beef or chicken, black bean and spinach), $8

Bodacious burrito, $8

Taco salad, $8

Soft tacos, $7

Nachos, $5

Supreme nachos, $7

Texas Red’s Catering

Turkey leg, $10

Beef brisket sandwich, $8

Pulled pork sandwich, $8

Hot/mild Polish sausage, $4

Bottled drinks, $3

The Original Corn Roast

Roasted corn, $4

Corn in a cup, $4

Jalapeno poppers, $5

Cheesesticks, $5

Fried green tomatoes, $7

Tater twist, $7

Onion blossom, $7

Apple slices with caramel and pecans, $5

Fruit in a cup, $5

Cheesecake by the slice with caramel or white chocolate, $4

Whole pickle, $2

Sweet tea, lemonade, $5

World’s Best Lemonade Co.

Cinnamon-glazed nuts, $4-$6

Fresh lemonade, limeade, $4-$5

Brewed tea, $3-$4

World’s Best footlong Coney, $5

Italian meatball sandwich, $5

Coney, $4

Italian sausage, $6

Super nachos (chili/cheese), $5

WaterWalk vendors

Bonnie Bribesca

Fried peanut butter and jelly, $3

Bacon-wrapped corndog, $5

Funnel cake, $6

Funnel cake topping, $2

Sno-cones, $3-$5

Pat’s Concessions

Funnel cakes, $5

Cheeseburger baskets, cost TBA

Chicken basket, cost TBA

Barbecue sandwiches, $5

Rita’s Italian Ice

Italian ice, $6-$8

Custard, $6-$8

Gelati, $6-$8

FR Greek Cuisine

Gyros, $6

Chicken delight, $8

Pork, $8

Greek salad, $8

Funnel Cakes

Funnel cakes, $6

Toppings, $2

Deep-fried candy bars, $5

Fried cookie dough, $5

Mr. Pizza

Pizza slice, $4

Nachos, $4

Lemonade, $4-$6

Bottled pop, $4

Silvey Concessions

Pulled pork parfait, $7

Chicken and waffles, $7

Walking taco, $7

Jalapeno Twinkie, $7

Grilled lemonade, $4

Sweet Shoppe

Cotton candy, $5-$8

Caramel apple, $4-$5

Popcorn, $4

Sno-cone, $3-$6

Lemonade, cherry limeade, $4-$6

Ackerman’s Backyard

A.N.R. Concessions

Jumbo corndogs, $6

Funnel cakes, $6

Nachos, $4

Fresh-cut curly fries, $6

Fresh-squeezed lemonade, $3-$5

Iced tea, $2-$4

Cibola Catering

Pulled pork sandwich, $8-$9

Pulled beef brisket sandwich, $8-$9

Hot link sandwich, $8

Smoked turkey sandwich, $7

Kona Ice

Cotton candy, $3

Shaved ice, $3-$5

Ice cream novelties, $4

Fresh-squeezed lemonade, $4-$5

Fried peanut butter and jelly. Grilled lemonade. Fried cookie dough. Chicken and waffles.

It must be May in Wichita.

The Wichita Riverfest opens on Friday, and, as always, among the top attractions will be the food courts, which will include the usual array of deep-fried, impaled-on-a-stick delicacies.

The main food court will again be on Century II Drive, “where God intended it,” said Ann Keefer, the festival’s vice president for programming. But the festival will have two other satellite food courts: a fairly large one at the WaterWalk that will serve attendees of Cox Kids Corner and WaterWalk concerts and a smaller one that will open only in the evenings and on weekends at the new Ackerman’s Backyard area in A. Price Woodard Park.

“We’ve got some new vendors this year that we’re trying out for the first time, and hopefully, they’re going to bring some new flavors – literally,” Keefer said.

Among the new vendors is Rita’s Italian Ice, the frozen-treat shop that opened in March at 2929 N. Rock Road. Rita’s will be set up at the WaterWalk food court serving Italian ice, custard and more. The festival also recruited a new Greek food vendor, FR Greek Cuisine, which will serve gyros, chicken, pork and Greek salad.

The new Ackerman’s Backyard will feature new vendor Cibola Catering, run by the same people who once had the restaurant of the same name in Bradley Fair. It will offer pulled pork, pulled brisket, hot link and smoked turkey sandwiches. And Kona Ice, the mobile vendor of shaved ice treats, is another new addition and will be at Ackerman’s Backyard as well.

NuWay will be back again. The local restaurant pulled out of the festival in 2009 after having participated for more than 12 years and returned in 2013. It will be back again at this year’s festival, serving crumbly-meat-is-good sandwiches, root beer floats and garlic salad.

The festival also will feature foods the crowds have demanded in the past – Pronto Pups, chicken on a stick, turkey legs, funnel cakes, roasted corn.

Following is a guide to eating at this year’s festival:

The three food courts: Crews started setting up the main food court on Century II Drive last weekend. It will open at 11 a.m. on Friday and be open daily throughout the festival, featuring vendors such as Mario’s Cuisine, Tad’s Bodacious Burritos, The Original Corn Roast, Chan’s Concessions, NuWay, Pizza Hut and more. Hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and June 6, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The WaterWalk Food Court will be in two different spots. One will be right by the Cox Kids’ Corner near Main and Waterman, and the other will be a short walk away in the southwest corner of the big WaterWalk parking lot. The vendors will offer lots of kid-friendly food, including pizza, Sno-cones and funnel cakes, as well as all the wild new additions: grilled lemonade, fried cookie dough and chicken and waffles. Its hours will be the same as the main food court’s.

Ackerman’s Backyard, set up where the kid’s activities used to be in A. Price Woodard Park, hopes to attract an adult crowd (though kids are allowed) and will have three food vendors, including Cibola Catering. Its vendors will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends.

Other eating events: Fit ‘n’ Fun, a new area set up on the Hyatt lawn focused on health and fitness, will offer free samples of healthy foods several days of the festival. So far, the festival has signed up Natural Grocers, Get Real Wichita and the YMCA.

Two other favorite food events also will return. The Cajun Food Fest, a fundraiser for Goodwill Industries, will be 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday on Century II’s Kennedy Plaza. For $7, button wearers can get a plate of Cajun goodness that includes red beans and rice and more. And the popular Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Social, which offers attendees obscenely huge servings of free vanilla ice cream and toppings, will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Douglas and Water.

Eating contests: In addition to the annual funnel cake-eating contest, scheduled for 6 p.m. June 7 on the food court stage, the festival this year is adding a chicken wing-eating contest. It will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the main food court.

Tickets: Attendees will need to buy tickets to get food. They’re for sale at ticket booths near the food courts and cost $1 apiece. Adult beverages, which will be set up at several locations around the festival, can be purchased with tickets or cash.

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