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Civic Center EATS provides lunchtime food fest throughout summer

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DENVER -- Civic Center EATS is back in downtown Denver for the seventh year. The event is the perfect solution for anyone who’s ever had trouble deciding what to eat for lunch, and all of the different food options are a big draw to bring people downtown.

“It’s great to see everybody back from last year and it seems like there’s a few new trucks out there too,” said Kate Rooney.

“You can have a little bit of everything here, which is great,” said Tara Santi. “You can have tacos, you can have barbecue, you can mix and match. It’s nice.”

Whether it’s fresh tacos, Venezuelan arepas, or a classic pizza pie, no one walks away empty handed.

“Civic Center EATS is one of the things that makes Denver quintessentially Denver,” said Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, executive director of the Civic Center Conservancy, which hosts the event.

Every Tuesday and Thursday through the end of September, the hungry and adventurous can head downtown and satisfy any taste.

“You’ll see people from the corporate community, from government offices, anyone who lives, works, or plays down here has an opportunity to come out and enjoy,” said Denver Mayor, Michael Hancock.

It’s also great business for Denver’s food trucks, like Quiero Arepas.

“Arepa is the daily bread of Venezuela, and it’s stuffed with savory items,” said owner Igor Panasewicz. “Anything that supports the food trucks is a plus in my book. So I am totally excited about it and love that the city has food trucks to offer and events like this.”

“Over the season we’ll have between 30 and 45,000 people enjoying Civic Center, some of them maybe for the first time in a long time,” Lent said.

With so many options, it’s impossible to choose a favorite.

“I try each and every one of them throughout the summer,” Hancock said. “So I’ll come over anywhere from 5-10 times throughout the summer and enjoy a different truck every time I come down. It’s safe, it’s clean, it’s affordable, you can enjoy a good summer lunch down here in historic civic center.

Civic Center EATS is open for business every Tuesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., now through September.