HAMMONTON - Enticing smells filled the air in downtown Hammonton on Saturday afternoon as the Food Truck Festival kicked in to full swing.

The event included dozens of food trucks, which lined several side streets in town. The trucks provided a wide variety of food, which ranged from cheese steaks, to burritos, to cannoli.

Gabriella Tomasello, owner of Mannino’s Cannoli Express, decided to apply for the event after seeing vendor applications online. “I do the blueberry cannoli at the Red, White and Blueberry Festival, so I thought it would be nice to do this event too,” said Tomasello.

Tomasello, who is a Hammonton native, said there was another benefit to being a part of the Food Truck Festival: “I love to support our town.”

Long lines quickly formed at most of the trucks, but that did not discourage visitors from coming out to enjoy the festival. “We heard about it last year and decided to try it,” said Danielle Falciani, who attended the event with her family.

During the festival, the Noyes Museum held an event called the Starving Artist Fair. Artists filled numerous tables outside of the Noyes Museum with their homemade arts and crafts, which were available for sale.

The festival also had musical entertainment provided by Stealing Savanah, an area cover band, who will be playing at the Red, White and Blueberry Festival on June 26.

Tyler Kingsley, 11 and Faith Berry, 12, took a break from the festival to enjoy a refreshing virgin pina colada. “We are having a blast,” said Kingsley about the festival. The pina colada’s were provided by El Mariachi Loco and served in a whole pineapple. “We had to ask everyone where the pineapples were,” laughed Berry.

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