HAMMONTON - Delicious smells filled Downtown Hammonton on Saturday evening as the third annual Food Truck Festival cooked up a good time for all.
More than two dozen food trucks, with specialties ranging from meatballs to cupcakes, were present for the occasion. There also were a beer garden, a wine garden, numerous musical acts and a starving artists fair to top it all off.
Greg Reeves, who works in Hammonton, was one of the many people who came prepared to eat. When asked what he was looking forward to trying the most, he smiled and said “Everything, that’s why you come out.”
Kristine Gerlach and her children, Grayson Figueroa, 7, and Paige Figueroa, 5, were enjoying everything the festival had to offer.
“Lobster roll, meatball, ice cream, we are working our way through,” laughed Gerlach as Grayson and Paige sat down to enjoy some ice cream.
Cassie Iacovelli, executive director of MainStreet Hammonton, was thrilled with the turnout.
“A terrific committee, great weather, lots of great food trucks which all showed up, great entertainment and you throw in a beer garden! I think it worked out great,” she said.
According to Icacovelli, her daughter Joanna played a major role in getting so many food trucks on board for the occasion. However, Joanna Icacovelli was quick to tone down any part she played.
“This was a volunteer effort. People who care about the community, who wanted to do something different, bring attention to the downtown,” Joanna Icacovelli said as she praised all of the volunteers for their hard work. She also said she was thankful to the residents of Hammonton for being so supportive of the festival.
The food truck festival was just one of the many events that will be happening in Hammonton this summer. Some of the upcoming events include:
• The 31st annual Red, White and Blueberry Festival on June 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• The 2nd annual Independence Day Parade on July 4th at 11 a.m.
• The 142nd annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel Festival, July 11-16, procession on July 16 at 4 p.m.
• Peach Party on July 29, 9 a.m. to noon.
• New Jersey Fringe Festival, Aug. 4-6.
• National Night Out on Aug. 4 (rain date Aug. 5) 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• Touch a Truck on Aug. 27.