SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Sunny skies and warm temperatures served as the perfect backdrop Saturday for the Riley PTSO’s 2nd Annual Food Truck Festival. 

Throughout the day June 1, close to 2,000 residents visited John E. Riley Elementary School in support of the PTSO’s family-friendly fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will go toward fundraising efforts for much-needed playground equipment. 

“Thank you so very much to all of the amazing volunteers from set up to clean up, generous supporters, live bands, crafty vendors, and yummy food trucks,” the PTSO posted to their Facebook page. 

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This year, the Riley’s Food Truck Festival featured a line up comprised of more than a dozen food trucks, including Asian Street Cravings, Bacon Me Crazy, Cedar Creek Cooking Co., Jimmy Dawn’s Cheesesteaks, The Empanada Truck, Thai Food Addict, The Little Sicilian, Mr. Q’s Island Eats, Tacos al Carbon, Donny D’s, Shark bait, and Little Nicky’s. Silver City Mugs and a beer truck on site offered cold beverages throughout the day while The Zeppole Guy, Doughnut Evolution, and Mister Softee were on hand to help those look to satisfy their sweet tooth. 

There were also over 30 vendors were on hand selling everything from homemade crafts and clothing to beef jerky and jewelry. This year’s vendors included Hemp Worx, LuLaRoe, Color Street, Paparazzi, Origami Owl, Perfectly posh, Do Terra, Olivia and Reese, Victoria’s Leggings, Jerky Rob, Valken Pens, Shannon’s Scents, Elektric, Karate Academy USA, Canine Connection, Avon, Art Diner, Young Living, Dot Dot Smile, Magnolia and Vine, Products with JMK, Pop Warner, Oh My Balm, Car Co, Provisions by Kat, Create a Candle, Harley, IT Works, Primerica, Luckee Star Adornments, Scentsy, Genevieve’s Sweet Treats and more. 

Sponsors this year included Amaya Landscaping, All-Phase Disposal, Herons Tree Service, the South Plainfield Elks, J. Anthony Equipment, AEIS, Crisdel Construction, the Italian-American Progressive League, the Wedding Envelope, and A-Tech Landscaping.

Additionally, throughout the day, there was live music, temporary tattoos and facepainting, and, new this year, a Kid Fun Zone with blowup games, toddler ride-ons, laser rage and more was available for young children. The Freehold Elks were also on hand running a raffle for a brand new Harley Davidson motorcycle and a 50/50 was announced at the end of the day. 

“All of you have made this year’s food truck festival such an incredible event,” noted the PTSO on their event Facebook page. “We hope all of you had as much fun as we did and we cannot wait to see all of you back next year.”

To help raise money for a new playground, the Riley PTSO has also set up a fundraising page at