Serv­ing up a good time

An­nual Food Truck Fes­ti­val de­liv­ers tasty dishes down­town

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Vir­ginia Lindak

PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville knows how to do a fes­ti­val right.

De­spite in­ter­mit­tent rain, thou­sands of peo­ple came out Sat­ur­day to sample de­lec­ta­ble dishes of all kinds at the an­nual Food Truck Fes­ti­val.

A pop­u­lar event for “food­ies” in Chester County, the event fea­tured a wide ar­ray of food se­lec­tions in­clud­ing BBQ, Mediter­ranean fare, Asian cui­sine, lob­ster tail and gourmet desserts. More than 50 food ven­dors rolled into town and shut down the cor­ners of Bridge and Main streets so pa­trons could en­joy their of­fer­ings.

The event has be­come a fa­vorite among Phoenixville lo­cals es­pe­cially, as it serves to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“We’ve been to ev­ery one they’ve had so far. It’s good food and a good time. It’s good for the town and peo­ple get out in the com­mu­nity. So many dif­fer­ent things open­ing up; you ac­tu­ally get a chance to try them out and ex­pe­ri­ence things,” said An­dre Forte, a Phoenixville lo­cal who came with his fam­ily.

Along with sev­eral Bridge Street restau­rants that par­tic­i­pated in the fes­ti­val, live mu­sic was also per­formed through­out the day. Joe Ken­ney, a Phoenixville-based mu­si­cian, was

one who per­formed along Bridge Street through much of the af­ter­noon.

“I think the fes­ti­val is great be­cause there are so many good shops on Bridge Street any­way,” Ken­ney said. “The trucks get to rep­re­sent their busi­nesses. Phoenixville al­ways comes out for the com­mu­nity. You al­ways see fa­mil­iar faces. Any type of event, it’s not sur­pris­ing rain or shine that peo­ple are go­ing to

come out.”

The Food Truck Fes­ti­val is also good for the shop­ping district of his­toric down­town Phoenixville, as it at­tracts thou­sands of peo­ple each year.

“It brings dif­fer­ent peo­ple out from all around, the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and dif­fer­ent ar­eas. It brings peo­ple to sup­port the lo­cal shops and smaller stores here. I think it’s im­por­tant to sup­port smaller towns,” said Rox­anne Rieder, an­other Phoenixville res­i­dent.

Cody and Ariel Faulkner, from Nor­ris­town, were

among at­ten­dees who came from towns neigh­bor­ing Phoenixville. Cody noted many of his friends live in Phoenixville and he wanted to check out the Food Truck Fest for the first time.

“It’s just a fun at­mos­phere. You can walk and eat food. I wish we would have brought our dog,” said Cody, who noted he’d seen many dogs at the fes­ti­val.

“We just want to ex­plore Phoenixville. All the food has been so good. Peo­ple of all ages can come and fam­i­lies. It’s a great fam­ily event; ev­ery­one can en­joy them­selves,” Ariel added.


Food trucks serve up dishes for at­ten­dees dur­ing the an­nual Food Truck Fes­ti­val in Phoenixville.

An­dre Forte, Sonal Chauhan and their son, Jaisil Forte, of Phoenixville, at­tend the Food Truck Fes­ti­val.

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