It was only a matter of time before someone in Warwick would look around and say, “I need fish tacos right here, right now, and off a food truck.”
That “someone” is the Fundraising Committee at St. Stephen-St. Edward School, a group with a vision and a mission to bring the hip, social, locavore experience of food truck culture to everyone in Warwick this summer.
Hosted by St. Stephen’s Parish, the Warwick Food Truck Festival is a departure from their popular annual fundraiser, Taste of the Town.
“Warwick’s a progressive town and we like the idea of bringing one of the country’s larger cultural movements to our community. Its foodie forward and fun for the whole family!” said Mary Juliano, the school’s Fundraising Chair.
The event, the first of its kind in Orange County, will take place on first Thursdays of the month this summer on Jun. 1, Jul. 6, and Aug. 3 from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Pennings Field at St. Stephen’s, located on the corner of County Rt. 1 and West St.
Originally slated to be held at Stanley-Deming Park, the festival venue has been switched to the St. Stephen’s property due to a zoning issue.
The carefully curated food truck lineup includes a broad menu of favorite ethnic street foods like falafel and empanadas. Kids won’t go hungry either with steadies like mac n’ cheese, burgers and French fries. Lobster rolls and other fresh seafood concoctions, specialty pizzas and finger friendly desserts will come rolling in from the Warwick area, around the Hudson Valley, and as far south as Brooklyn and Hoboken.
Many of Warwick’s local craft beverage establishments have committed to participate along with a few out-of-towners.
Tracy Gregoire, Event Co-Chair said, “We’ll be featuring live music, delicious food truck fare and locally grown, produced and craft-brewed beverages. Com’n out and enjoy!”
Live bands will play throughout the festival evenings along with face art, body henna, games and hip hop bouncy houses for kids. Each of the three Thursdays will feature different bands and different trucks. General admission is free, but there will be a $10 cover charge for the craft beverage garden. Folks are welcomed to bring their own lawn chairs and picnic blankets.
Everyone is encouraged to take advantage of each opportunity to enjoy the food truck fare, even if only as a novel take out option.
“Not everyone can make all the dates. You’re welcome to pop in and grab dinner wrapped to go,” said Shelly DeHaan, Event Co-Chair.
Many thanks go to major sponsors St. Anthony Community Hospital, and Horizon Medical Group for all their support, as well as all the others who have generously given to make this event a reality.
Follow the Warwick Food Truck Festival on Facebook for updates on confirmed vendors, music, and the latest news. Visit www.warwickfoodtruckfestival.com for a complete list of vendors, bands and other great information.