HAWTHORNE, NJ - The Hawthorne Education Foundation hosted its First Annual Food Truck Festival in Goffle Brook Park Sunday afternoon. The HEF decided to host the event to raise money for technology assets for Hawthorne students by selling wristbands to gain entry to the event as well as t-shirts bearing the phrase #ItsForTheKids, and accessories. With a blue wristband acquired, visitors--and there were multitudes taking advantage of the break in the rainy days visiting the borough--had access to a number of food vendors parked parallel to the brook.
Long lines radiated from the food trucks while families occupied the park picnic tables, children played on the ballfield, and took advantage of offered activities. All the while, music provided by the DJs of CirKiz thumped along.
The sun shone warmly, offering the ideal atmosphere for a day in the park. "The weather's great," a sheriff's officer said, watching over a fenced-in biergarten as people lined up to have a drink within the specially designated area.
At only an hour and a half into the event, Hawthorne Education Foundation president Jennifer Doyle told TAPinto Hawthorne that they had sold about 700 wristbands. The event itself was a four hour festival, opening at noon and ending at 4:00 p.m. "It is for technology for high school and middle school. The money will be used for purchasing Chromebooks," Doyle said, referring to Google-based laptop computers.
"We all have kids in the school," Megan Craven, Hawthorne Education Foundation secretary said of the members of the HEF. "I'm an alum of Hawthorne myself." Craven's family has long ties to the town, as the local mom is not the first generation of her family to graduate from Hawthorne High School. "It's a very tight knit community, the kind you don't really leave."
While food was the main theme of the event, some local vendors had set up stands, giving visitors an opportunity to browse and shop, and The Learning Experience, a child-development center based in North Haledon, joined in the festivities as well. Food Truck Festivals might be becoming a new trend in the area. North Haledon will be holding a Food Truck Festival of its own next month, although Hawthorne's was specifically created by the HEF to benefit the local students.
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