Two local food vendors, both with a unique twist, will be part of the Toes In The Grand festival.

The event, which takes place throughout Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2 at Wolf Creek Park in Grove, will offer food vendors from noon to 9 p.m. during both days.

Brent Malone, executive director of the Grove Convention and Tourism Bureau, said he is super excited to combine the first Friday Food Truck event and expand it for Toes In The Grand.

Malone said vendors, including the regulars who attend Food Truck Friday, are ready to feed festival goers with an assortment of treats.  

On land, the local food vendors include Jacob and Liza Hardesty with their Ginger Jake's Gourmet Hot Dog Stand, while by lake access, local business owners Allen Strickland and Derrick Brown will debut their newly created "Grand Lake Food Boat" on the waters of Wolf Creek.

One unique vendor at the festival, "Healthy Eats & Shameful Cheats" will offer an assortment of Caribbean-inspired island food, in keeping with the festival's Trop Rock theme. 

"There will be something for everyone," Malone said. "It's going to be a great festival for foodies."

Ginger Jake's

This weekend will mark the second outing for the Hardesty's hot dog stand, a traditional cart modeled after those found on New York and Chicago streets.

Jacob, who works both as a cattle farmer and youth minister at Mountain Movers Church outside of Grove, said he's wanted to do a food truck of some kind for two years.

After seeing a hot dog vendor at a PBR after party in Tulsa, Hardesty began to consider going that direction rather than a traditional food truck.

Encouragement from his wife, Liza, helped him put the two-year-old dream into action.

Liza jokes she's the "behind the scenes" help, while Jacob is the "hot dog man" working with the public.

"I just love hot dogs," Jacob said. "I wanted to start small, and researched it a lot."

Inspired by the initial vendor and another vendor he calls the "Dog-father" of hot dogs, Jacob said took the plunge into the business earlier this spring, when a stand became available in Oklahoma City.

Jacob and Liza utilize the "dirty water dog" method to keep their quarter-pound Nathan's all beef hot dogs warm, and give them a unique taste.

"You boil the hot dogs in a mix of herbs, spices and seasonings," Jacob said. "The dry mix dissolves in the water and keeps it so the water doesn't saturate the hot dogs."

The couple have six gourmet hot dogs on their current menu ranging from "the Classic" - a dog with mustard and relish, to a "Chili Cheese Dog" with cream cheese, chili, shredded cheese and diced onions. 

Their most creative offerings include the "Pizza Dog" - which Liza said is "the best one." It features marinara sauce, pepperoni, mozzarella and Italian seasonings. 

The other, which became a crowd favorite at the first Food Truck Friday this spring, is the "PBR". It features peanut butter, bacon bits and raspberry jelly.

"It's the perfect combo of sweet and salty," Liza said with a laugh, admitting with Jacob most people have mixed reactions to the creation.

Jacob said he plans to keep the menu simple - and focus on his main offerings. However, he may try to throw in a special or two at different times.

"I want to get good and master what I have, then slowly implement more," Jacob said, admitting he's considering having a cream cheese and Sriracha dog at the festival. 

The couple is also working on a rewards program, which will let people "check in" so many times to earn a free dog. 

The couple said they could not do the stand without the help of Candace Bronaugh at The Hott Box. She provides the prep kitchen they need to meet health codes regulations.

Jacob has priced their hot dogs individually between $3 to $4 depending upon the toppings. A combo with chips and a drink is priced at $5. Additional chips, water, pop and pickles are available for $1 each.

"I just want to make it affordable for families," Jacob said. "I remember times growing up when our family wanted to go out to eat and my parents couldn't afford it because there were six of us."

This summer the couple plans to take part in the monthly Food Truck Friday events in Grove. Eventually, they hope to expand by catering events.

For more information about Ginger Jake's, persons interested can visit the couple's Facebook page @gingerjakeshotdogs. 

Grand Lake's Food Boat

While many food trucks focus on the land-based crowd, Allen Strickland and his business partner, Derrick Brown, saw an opportunity to take the food to those on the waters of Grand Lake.

Strickland, who owns Walnut Cove Marina, said he wanted to provide something different for people on the water - especially those boating and playing on the north end of the lake.

The benefit of a boat, over a land-based truck, he said, is the ability to go where the people are throughout the weekend.

This weekend, the Grand Lake Food Boat, will be anchored within Wolf Creek - ready to provide treats for participants rafting up within the cove throughout the event.

Eventually, the 24-foot tritoon will operate from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday, at various points from Elk River to Patricia Island, letting people know where they are anchored at via Facebook and eventually an app.

Lowell Lane, who previously managed a cafe at Precious Moments in Carthage, Missouri, will take the helm as the boat's manager.

The operation's tag line puts into words the men's hope for the venture: "One Nibble and You're Hooked."

Lane said because of the kitchen size - eight foot by 12 foot, the food boat will start with a limited menu, consisting primarily of items like hamburgers, hot dogs, pulled pork sandwiches, ice cream, sno cones, drinks and pickles. 

Other items including quesadillas and weekend specials will come as the crew of four gets more experience navigating the aspects of the floating business.

For more information, persons interested can visit the business Facebook page at @glfoodboat or its website at www.glfoodboat.com. The crew can also be reached at 918-314-3090 for location information or phone orders.

Toes In The Grand Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 1

11 a.m. - Grand Lake Boat Tours Begin

- depart every 30 minutes. Last tour at 5 p.m., Wolf Creek Boat Docks.

Noon to 9 p.m., - Toes In The Grand Festival

- food trucks, Kid’s Zone inflatables, Trackless Train Ride, vendors, helicopter rides and more.

2 p.m. - Blond Stranger Band

5 p.m. - Grand Lake Hula Hoop-Off and Conga Line Rehearsal

6 p.m. - Rick Lamb & the Phin Addicts

10 p.m. - The Southern Drawl Band

- Toes In The Grand After Party at Cherokee Casino Grove.

Saturday, June 2

7 a.m. - Tiki Man 5K Fun Run

- on site registration

8 a.m. - Tiki Man 5K Fun Run

8 a.m. to Noon - Toes In The Grand Car Show

- on site registration

10 a.m. to 9 p.m. - Toes In The Grand Festival

- food trucks, Kid’s Zone inflatables, Trackless Train Ride, vendors, helicopter rides and more.

10:15 a.m. - Tiki Man 5K Fun Run winners announced

10:30 a.m. - Greg Dragoo

11 a.m. - Grand Lake Boat Tours Begin

- depart every 30 minutes. Last tour at 5 p.m., Wolf Creek Boat Docks.

1 p.m. - Limbo Contest

2 p.m. - The COPA Reefer Band

5 p.m. - Oklahoma’s Longest Conga Line

6 p.m. - Jerry Diaz & Hanna’s Reef

Note: All events take place at the Cherokee Casino Grove Entertainment Stage, next to the Wolf Creek Boat Docks, or throughout Wolf Creek Park, unless noted. All concerts and children's events are free. The helicopter and boat tours have a fee per person.

Did You Know?

Food trucks set to be at Toes In The Grand include:

Italian Ice - Italian Ice

Ginger Jake’s - Gourmet hot dogs

Breenie Z’s - Pretzel Dogs/Pizza

Melting Pot - Hot Dogs/Burgers

Meltdown - Gourmet grilled cheese

Neuron Concessions - Hot Dogs/Burgers

Blazin’ B’s BBQ - BBQ

Kettle Corn - Kettle Corn

Coachman’s Grill - Turkey Legs/Funnel Cakes

Healthy Eats & Shameful Cheats - Caribbean-style island food

Grand Lake Food Boat - Burgers/Dogs/Sweet Treats*

*On the water, in Wolf Creek Bay.

Note: All vendors take cash. Some take credit cards as well.