DENVILLE, NJ – Thick, dark clouds threatened to turn Sunday, October 6, into a damp, mucky day. Thankfully, the few drizzles that occurred did not dissuade the more than 4,000 spectators who flocked to Gardner Field for the annual Denville Food Truck and Family Festival.
“This is the fourth year for the food truck festival,” said Linda Rodriguez, co-chair of Vamp Up Vets Field, a nonprofit organization created to help maintain and make improvements to Veterans Memorial Park on Zeek Road in Denville.
“The first two years the funds raised [from the food truck festival] went toward Project Playground. Last year and this year, funds raised will go toward Vamp Up Vets Field. [Co-chair] Laura Wagner and I have spent countless hours fundraising for this cause.”
Their countless hours brought together approximately 20 unique food trucks that offered Denville residents and out-of-towners a variety of menu choices that included beef kabobs, baked potatoes, donuts, ice cream, pulled pork, wood-oven pizza, Italian ice, empanadas, chicken nachos, tacos, bacon-wrapped sausages, gyros and much more.
“Every year’s been a great event and always a fun crowd,” said Wink Hall, owner of 1 Potato Two food truck from Little Egg Harbor, which sold potato-tot-themed dishes with buffalo chicken, fajitas, and macaroni and cheese.
“And this year, it’s all about the tots! And it’s about the parks, which are well-kept here in Denville. It shows that the money gathered here goes to a great cause,” added Hall, who has participated in the food truck festival for four straight years.
“We love being here for all the food truck events,” said Jeremiah Arroyo, general manager of Angry Archie’s, a food truck from Jersey City that served crab cakes and lobster rolls.
“It’s great to be part of the Vamp Up Vets Field program. We even brought lemonade with us,” shared Arroyo.
In addition to the food trucks, families were treated to a beer garden, face painting, inflatable rides, raffles, a petting zoo, laser tag, tattoos, pumpkin picking and painting, and a vendors mart of about 30 local Denville businesses.
GymGuyz, an at-home physical training company based in Denville, sponsored this year’s event. Denville’s own Quarter Pound Jones provided live music.
“This food truck festival is fantastic and nice for all families of Denville,” said township resident Paige Gebhardt, who came with her son Nicholas and his fiancée Nicolette.
“And definitely, the food trucks are high-quality and delicious!”
The funds raised from the festival are estimated to be close to $35,000, according to the event co-chairs.
“We could not have done it without the help of all of our friends and committee members and volunteers who helped us put together this awesome day,” said Rodriguez.
“We helped organize and fundraise close to $150,000 in one year!”
For more information about Vamp Up Vets Field, visit http://denvilleplays.com/vampupvets.
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