If you want to try a huge menu of food and beverages all in one place, get to downtown Chambersburg on Oct. 25.
At least 10 vendors are slated to participate in Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s inaugural Food Truck Fest. So far, they include:
- Chameleon 1648 Culinary Services (meatballs, seafood, pasta, soups, stews, salads)
- Jenni’s Knife and Spork (sandwiches stuffed with chicken tenders or pork barbecue, or both, wings and fries)
- Lizzy’s (burgers, chicken sandwiches, fries, ice cream sundaes)
- Rollz on Wheelz Filipino Cuisine (lumpia/fried spring rolls; sweet and sour chicken; pancit/noodles with vegetables, broth and soy sauce; desserts such as deep-fried cassava, a root vegetable)
- Uncle Eddie’s BBQ (chicken, pit beef, hamburgers, pulled pork)
Another new restaurant?
The inaugural festival builds off DCI’s Sunday Food Trucks on the Square series, which has brought a different food truck to Memorial Square each Sunday since June. DCI President Sam Thrush said the events have been successful, and the majority of the trucks have sold out of items.
The Food Truck Fest also serves as an economy-boosting vehicle for DCI, which is charged with attracting new businesses to downtown Chambersburg. Thrush said building relationships with restaurateurs is a key step.
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The event could pave the way for any of the participating vendors to open a brick-and-mortar location in or near the downtown corridor, Thrush said.
“The natural progression from food tent to food truck to restaurant is pretty natural,” he said. One of downtown’s most popular restaurants is a perfect example; Falafel Shack started out as a vendor tent, then the owners operated it as a food truck, and finally the restaurant opened on the square in 2018 and quickly became a popular destination.
The Borough of Chambersburg has become a go-to spot for local people looking for a bite to eat. Restaurants offering Middle Eastern, Latin American, Mexican and classic American cuisine, as well as establishments specializing in coffee and breakfast-type items, can all be found within walking distance. Also nearby are two breweries and a winery.
“It’s very impressive that we have this large collection,” Thrush said, adding that he believes Chambersburg is set up as a hub for independent business owners.
The Food Truck Fest also serves as a fundraising event for DCI. Its usual CrabFeast, which typically attracts around 400 people to the AMVETS pavilion on Fifth Avenue every August, was canceled because it would not have complied with the state’s limitation on gatherings due to COVID-19.
More event details
At the Food Truck Fest, the vendors will be set up among three parking lots in downtown Chambersburg from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thrush said on Thursday the exact lots will be announced later.
In addition to the food vendors, Gearhouse Browing Co. will have a truck selling non-alcoholic beverages. There will also be a variety of canned beer available for to-go sales, to be consumed off-site only.
There will be no fee to attend the festival; people will just need to buy their food and drinks.
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In the event of inclement weather, the festival will be canceled.
Vendor opportunities are still available. Contact Thrush at 717-264-7101, ext. 204, or [email protected]
Sponsors for the event are McCleary Heating & Cooling; Patriot Federal Credit Union; FirstEnergy Foundation; Stouffer Mechanical Contractor; VerStandig Media; and Directional Traffic.
For more information and updates on the Food Truck Fest, visit downtownchambersburgpa.com/foodtruckfest, or go to Downtown Chambersburg Inc.’s Facebook page and choose Events.
Amber South can be reached at [email protected]
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