Detroit Bookfest 2022 Food Trucks: DELRAY BARBECUE and TREAT DREAMS ICE CREAM

Detroit Bookfest 2022 Food Trucks: DELRAY BARBECUE and TREAT DREAMS ICE CREAM

Eastern Market Shed 5 map

 

The Detroit Festival of Books, aka: Detroit Bookfest, is a FREE annual in-person event at Eastern Market in Detroit, Michigan.

Eastern Market

Shed 5

2934 Russell Street

Detroit, MI 48207

 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

Where will the Food Trucks be located at? 

 

There will be two food trucks, Delray BBQ and Treat Dreams Ice Cream on the south side of Shed 5 along Alfred Street, just east of Russell Street.

 

Delray Barbecue

Delray Barbecue BBQ Detroit

 

Delray BBQ is located in the Delray neighborhood of Southwest Detroit. They have some of the best BBQ food in the state of Michigan.

They will be selling slow smoked ribs, homemade mac & cheese, pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and Dearborn hot dogs. All sandwiches are served on toasted Delray bakery buns and all local products.

Delray’s top sellers are: ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and mac & cheese.

Delray BBQ was co-founded in 2020 by Collin Karcher and Steven Sladovnik. Both with a love for creating homemade dishes, saw a demand during the covid shutdown for quality BBQ in the Delray/Detroit area. Soon after the founding, both owners took the leap to running a business full-time. In addition to the food truck, they now have another location in Ferndale at 9 mile and Woodward.

They are a locally owned and operated business with roots in the Old Delray neighborhood.

 

https://delraybarbecue.com/ 

https://www.facebook.com/DelrayBBQ/

https://www.instagram.com/delraybbq

Delray Barbecue BBQ Detroit

 

 

Treat Dreams Ice Cream

Treat Dreams Ice Cream is a phenomenal ice cream truck.

They will be selling ice cream scoops, ice cream sandwiches (aka: Super Sammies) and pooch pops.

Their top-sellers are: Kooky Monster, Double Chocolate Chip, Honey Lavender.

Treat Dreams was founded by Scott Moloney in Ferndale in 2011. They opened their Detroit location in 2015. And……they have a third location coming soon!

https://www.instagram.com/treat_dreams/

https://www.facebook.com/TreatDreams/

https://www.facebook.com/TreatDreams313/

 

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 17, 2022)

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co. (July 17, 2022)

 

BEER!

Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty at Eastern Mkt Brewing Co.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

No cover charge!

https://www.facebook.com/events/517712936663828

 

 

In celebration of the annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka Detroit Bookfest), EMBC will be opening early on Sunday, July 18th for the Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty!

Located three blocks southeast of Shed 5, Eastern Market Brewing Company (EMBC) is one of the most popular destinations in Eastern Market.

Currently, the street they’re on, Riopelle, is closed to vehicle traffic. It is pedestrian-only and they have tables in the street, food tent, live DJ, and of course beer, glorious beer.

DJ Sam Morykwas

 

DJ Sam Morykwas will be spinning good music.

And the delicious ice cream food truck Cookies and Cream Detroit will be selling Guernsey ice cream!

 

Eastern Market Brewing Company

2515 Riopelle Street

Detroit, MI 48207

 

 

 

Some of their most popular beers are:

Elephant Juice, Market Day IPA, Mae Blanc, Wonderboy, and White Coffee Stout

 

Beer list

https://easternmarket.beer/beers/

 

Facebook event page

https://www.facebook.com/events/517712936663828

 

Meet DJ Seven Whales: the Official DJ of Detroit Bookfest

Meet DJ Seven Whales: the Official DJ of Detroit Bookfest

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

I’m just tryna add sauce to the world.”-DJ Seven Whales

Detroit Bookfest wouldn’t be Detroit Bookfest without the power of music. It helps transform and enhance the event into something visceral and multi-dimensional.

We especially like the funk, the whole funk and almost nothing but the funk. Our deep love o’ great gobs of funk music was initially inspired by attending Frank Raines monthly Funk Night parties in Detroit where one discovers you can levitate without actually levitating.

For years, DJ Zig-Zag (Jason Ratcliffe) graciously spun for us since the beginning of Bookfest but life has taken him beyond the Motor City. We thank Zig-Zag for his support and will miss his vibes at Bookfest. After his departure, the first great DJ whose named popped into my cabeza was Seven Whales.

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

DJ Seven Whales, real name JR Jones, is a native Detroiter and an eminently creative individual. He is also Market Operations Analyst @ Eastern Market and has been a treasured member of the Detroit Bookfest Committee since our inception.

Born November 30, 1989 on Detroit’s Northwest side, JR graduated Mumford High School (off Wyoming and McNichols) and went on to graduate from Specs Howard School of Media Arts with a degree in graphic design.

But most of all, JR hails from a highly creative family.

 

The Creative Lineage of Seven Whales

DJ Seven Whales & DJ Sam Morykwas (photo by George Gregory Clothing)

I’m into all types of music, rock, rap, whatever. I just love music.

“Growing up, everybody in my family was listening to music all the time. My dad is a big jazz and funk fan. Two of his favorites are Grover Washington Jr. and Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson. My mom loves soul, especially Erykah Badu and Sade.”

My dad was born in Detroit and played piano when he was younger. My mom is from White Castle, Louisiana near Baton Rouge and was a painter. And me, being a kid growing up in the 90’s, I was influenced by their natural creativity and all the great music coming out at that time.”

 

 

Eastern Market: pull out a map and mark it

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

JR started working at Eastern Market Partnership in February 2014.

“Initially, I was working security. We call it CSS, which stands for Customer Support Service. Then I was promoted to Market Operations Analyst.”

I love the Eastern Market community. Our neighborhood is a great mix of young to old, artists to nutritionists, it’s very diverse. I also just love the art community in Detroit in general.”

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

“I work at the Market with the infamous Lonni Thomas. She’s great, we have a lot of fun together. My favorite Lonni Thomas story is one time we were closing up after a Sunday Holiday Market. We were carrying stuff down to the basement and I fell slowly down the stairs and Lonni just watched me. She did help me up afterward though. It was one of those funny slow-motion can’t stop from falling falls with her just staring at me.” (laughs)

I love Detroit Bookfest at Eastern Market. It brings out the diversity, everyone, buying amazing books and materials. It’s especially impressive during an age in history where everything is mad digital. It’s also far from what you think of when you think of a typical book event. Reminds me more like an all-inclusive community block party. It makes the concept of reading and collecting books fun, especially for younger people. It’s a one-of-a-kind event, honestly. I look forward to it every year. And now I’m excited to be DJ’ing it.”

“My favorite book is ‘The Tao of Wu’ (2009) by Wu Tang’s RZA. It’s a philosophy book about the many paths to enlightenment. RZA has a unique mind, the way he puts different concepts together is interesting.”

Tao of Wu-RZA

 

JR Jones becomes DJ Seven Whales

DJ Seven Whales (Photo by Doug @wndrlstmedia)

JR has been DJ’ing since March 2019.

When I spin, I like to create a vibe. I spin with emotion and energy.”

“I’ve had a lifelong love of music and always wanted to DJ. My uncle took me to Guitar Center one day and showed me a DJ controller and I was hooked.”

“I gotta give a shout out to my man Sam. Sam Morykwas is the senior marketing manager here at Eastern Market and he’s also a great DJ. He taught me a lot about the craft and even gave me some equipment to help get me started.”

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

“Mainly, I’m a house party DJ, spinnin’ the dopeness, but I love DJ’ing all types of events.”

“Don’t have one particular style of music. I try to spin stuff the world would love to hear, whether they know it or not. I’m tryna hit y’all with things you don’t know. The idea is to put you onto good music.”

“My DJ name Seven Whales came from two sources. One is the book ‘The Legend of the Seven Whales of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti’ (1988). It’s an African legend about a tohunga transforming seven whales into seven hills.”

The Legend of the Seven Whales of Ngai Tahu Matawhaiti

“Another influence was a song in which Sir Michael Rocks talks about saving the whales. We misheard it as seven whales. The song is called ‘What do you Do’.”

“My favorite DJ’s are Kaytranada, Joe K, Detroit’s own PBH (Problematic Black Hottie), and honestly my man Sam Morykwas. My goal is to learn, not copy, but learn from other DJ’s.”

 

The Fun Stuff

Island Jerk Ribs w/ Guava BBQ Sauce @ Coop Caribbean Fusion Detroit (photo by: Coop)

“Favorite eateries in Detroit? Man, how much time we got? Could be here a while, there’s so many. At this particular moment in time, my top three are:”

Coop Caribbean fusion inside Detroit Shipping Company (474 Peterboro St, Detroit) “this is my guilty pleasure place”

Bash Izakaya (5069 Trumbull, Detroit)

Fat Salmon Sushi (11411 Joseph Campau Ave, Hamtramck)

“When I’m not DJ’ing or exploring the rich culinary scene in Metro Detroit, I’m usually exploring different ways to be creative.”

Ink drawings, photography, watercolor painting, etc. I also like cruising the city on my bike. You can see me riding my Fuji Absolute around town.”

 

Upcoming Developments

Wednesday Night Vibes Detroit

“Sam and I spin Wednesday Night Vibes every week on Zoom from 8pm-11pm. You can find the link on IG @djsevenwhales.”

We also did a commercial for the Detroit Tigers and one for George Gregory Clothing and we have some more things in the works.”

“I’m a sneakerhead, a cool nerdy kid from Detroit. You’ll see me at events. I’m just tryna add sauce to the world.”

 

Contact

DJ Seven Whales is available for gigs. Book him for your next event!

[email protected]

 

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/djsevenwhales/

Soundcloud

https://soundcloud.com/user-627124274

Linkedin

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-jones-7799a3bb

 

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

DJ Seven Whales Detroit (photo by: Ryan M. Place)

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!

 

The annual Detroit Festival of Books (aka: Detroit Bookfest) will be held on Sunday, July 18, 2021 from 10am-4pm at Eastern Market’s Shed 5.

FREE ENTRY for attendees!

Detroit Bookfest is a glorious day of BOOKS, records, comics, creative arts, food, drinks, funk music and exploring Detroit’s incredible Eastern Market District.

The district is anchored by the actual Eastern Market itself, which is a series of large consumer sheds.

Be sure to check out our Official Detroit Bookfest Afterparty from 10am-8pm, which is located a few blocks Southeast at Eastern Market Brewing Company

https://detroitbookfest.com/bookfest-afterparty-embc/

 

We encourage everyone to check out the Official Detroit Bookfest Festival Guide

https://detroitbookfest.com/detroit-bookfest-festival-guide/

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!

 

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees

1.) Every vendor is on their own in terms of cash flow and providing change. There is no centralized market bank. Please help the vendors out by bringing small bills, if you can. $1’s, $5’s, $10’s will be needed. Yes, there are two nearby ATM’s (ie: Shed 5 northern exterior wall and also the Chase Bank across the street). Several vendors should have the ability to accept credit card payments on their smartphones, however, we are not sure that all of them will have this ability.

 

2.) There will be hundreds of thousands of items for sale at Detroit Bookfest. You may want to bring a good, sturdy, fairly large bag. Most vendors will have paper and plastic bags to help you carry your items in. But again, there are no guarantees that all vendors will have everything.

 

3.) Wear a pair of good, comfortable walking shoes. We encourage you to make a day of it and check out the fabulous Eastern Market District, which is packed with a ton of great eateries, bars and stores of all sorts. If you haven’t already, please read our Official Detroit Bookfest Festival Guide.

https://detroitbookfest.com/detroit-bookfest-festival-guide/

 

4.) This event is all-weather, so dress accordingly. Dress comfortably and casually. Watch the weather forecast and if you think you may need an umbrella, please bring one.

 

5.) Make sure you check out our food vendors in the DTE Plaza on the western side of Shed 5 along Russell Street.

Bookfest Food Vendors 

https://detroitbookfest.com/food/

 

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!

 

6.) Parking is plentiful, however, it is scattered around the Eastern Market district. Make sure you plan accordingly. You can drop people off, park, then get the car and pick them up, if you need to. Eastern Market oftentimes handles even larger events which get 150,000+ people at them, so there are places to park, just be prepared to walk a little bit.

 

7.) Public bathrooms are located inside Shed 5 and spread throughout Eastern Market. If there are long lines at one, walk over to another bathroom.

 

8.) This event is all-ages. The love of books can start at any age, so parents, bring your family and always remember to keep an eye on your children.

 

9.) Warning: grooveilicious FUNK MUSIC might make you feel the unexpected urge to boogie. If you feel like dancing, then dance!

 

10.) We are tremendously excited about this event and feel it is an important and positive event for Detroit and Michigan and the world of books and many other things. Please help us spread the word on your favorite social media websites by posting photos and telling people about your experience.

 

THANK YOU! We love you all and hope everyone has a great time!

 

And pull out your calendars…

The 5th Annual Detroit Festival of Books will be on Sunday, July 17th, 2022.

 

Top 10 Tips for Detroit Bookfest Attendees!

Detroit Bookfest is now on LinkedIn

Detroit Bookfest is now on LinkedIn

Detroit Bookest is now on LinkedIn!

Detroit Bookfest Page

https://www.linkedin.com/company/64706023

 

Bookfest Event Page

https://www.linkedin.com/events/6802953038941306880/

 

Detroit Bookfest is now on LinkedIn

 

Fun Factoid you might not know:

LinkedIn has a 75,000-square foot office in Downtown Detroit with over 50 employees.

LinkedIn

1515 Woodward Avenue

Detroit, MI 48226

 

LinkedIn’s new Detroit office occupies the Sanders and Grinnell buildings at 1523 Woodward Ave. // Image courtesy of Bedrock

LinkedIn Detroit (courtesy of Gensler)