Local food vendors were not apart of this year’s Roar on the Shore, so VGC Properties and the West Erie Plaza started a local food event.
The Gears & Grub event welcomed around 10 food vendors in the West Erie Plaza to serve those visiting Erie for Roar on the Shore.
Gears & Grubs runs until Saturday with food being served from noon to 8 p.m.
Event officials hope to make this an annual event.
The event was announced following complaints about the opportunities for local food vendors at Roar on the Shore.
The Manufacturer and Business Association, which puts on the five-day bike rally, has contracted out its food service with one single-source, out-of-town vendor for this year’s event.
The Manufacturer & Business Association’s statement in June indicated that no local vendors have ever applied to be Roar on the Shore’s sole provider.
Only food vendors from the Erie area could apply for the event at the Millcreek Township plaza.