Food truck fest suc­cess

More than 50,000 vis­i­tors sam­pled fare and were en­ter­tained at in­au­gu­ral event

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Danielle Jarvis

PEO­PLE from all over NSW at­tended Rooty Hill RSL’s in­au­gu­ral food truck fes­ti­val Off The Eaten Truck at the week­end.

De­spite soar­ing tem­per­a­tures, more than 50,000 walked through the gates to the RSL carpark.

The club’s mar­ket­ing gen­eral man­ager Si­mon Gre­ally said half the peo­ple were not from western Syd­ney.

“Peo­ple came from all over the place - from as far as Wagga and nu­mer­ous peo­ple from the Shire,” he said. “The most ex­cit­ing thing was that there were peo­ple that had never been here be­fore.”

Af­ter three months of planning, Mr Gre­ally se­cured more than 30 of the state’s favourite food trucks, in­clud­ing Mis­ter Gee, Happy as Larry, Agape, Cantina Movil, Mama Linh’s and the Bearded Bak- ers’ Knafeh. All the pro­ceeds from the fes­ti­val went to the Movem­ber Foun­da­tion.

Coun­try mu­sic artists James Blun­dell, Ben Ran­som, Mel Dyer and Mickey Pye pro­vided en­ter­tain- ment for the fes­ti­val-go­ers.

“The event had an awe­some vibe and unique, rus­tic feel with a spe­cial, per­sonal touch,” Smokin’ Grill Bar­beque’s An­thony Bar­bera said. “Look­ing for­ward to the next one.”

“We try to bring things that are nor­mally hap­pen­ing in the city out to the RSL,” Mr Gre­ally said.

“I think we can do it just as good as in the city, if not bet­ter. I think it was a huge suc­cess.”

The Bearded Bak­ers were the stars of the Off The Eaten Truck food fes­ti­val at Rooty Hill RSL. Pic­tures: Peter Kelly

Tess and Elma Sa­genes.

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