Food Truck Fest teams help bring good meal to those in need

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on May 31, 2017 with No Comments

The Northwest Indiana Food Truck Fest has recently teamed up with the Portage Township Food Pantry to help bring a good meal to those in need through a food drive that will be held the day of the festival. Attendees who have not purchased a ticket with benefits can bring in three canned/dry goods to the event and receive $2 off general admission.

“This is a great and worthy cause. Our goal is to feed at least 1,000 people and we are confident that we will be able to do so,” Monica Jimenez-Susoreny, co-organizer of the NWI Food Truck Fest, said. “We look forward to having the community come and be a part of helping us to reach our goal.”

The NWI Food Truck Fest is officially launching on Saturday, June 17 from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. at Founders Square Park, located at 6100 Founders Square in Portage.

The event offers something for all ages, including zip line-lining, rock climbing, bouncy house fun area, a game truck, free face painting, character visits and balloon making throughout the day. There will also be a bar provided by Party N Peace that will feature beer, wine, mimosas, sangria and wine for those 21 and up. Food Network Cut Throat Champion DJ Chef Marc Weiss will also be joining the event from New York.

The Food Truck Fest will feature 22 food trucks from different areas in “The Region”, including Bills Mobile BBQ Grill, Dogs N Hogs, Grindhouse Cafe, The Cheesy Truck, Chesa’s Gluten Tootin Free ( paleo, vegan and vegetarian) truck, The Celtic Pig (Ky.), Cool Runnings Jamaican Cuisine, Lulu’s Licks, Sizzle Box, The Cajun Connoisseur, Mother Wilma’s Marshmallow Factory, American Glory, Skyline Snow Cones, Valpo Velvet, Designer Desserts, Woody’s Curly Fries, Da Portable Rican, King Of The Road, Flying Taco’s, Pierogi Wagon and Lucy’s.

“The Region is known for our summer festivals such as Festival of the Lakes and Pierogi Fest, but wouldn’t it be nice to have this area known for having one of the largest food truck festivals in the country?” Jimenez-Susoreny said. “The community has really embraced the food truck craze and we are bringing the most popular food trucks in the Region together for one epic event, in addition to providing attendees with family-friendly entertainment, live music, a bar area and more.”

In addition to the fest amenities, there will be a splash pad and a mobile charging area provided by T-mobile.

Pre-sold tickets are currently available online for $7 with a non-alcoholic beverage. Children 13 and under are free. For more information and to purchase pre-sold tickets, visit www.nwifoodtruckfest.com

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