Arts & Entertainment

First Annual Food Truck Festival Raises Money for Hawthorne Students

Paula DeLucca (Treasurer), Megan Craven (Secretary), Jennifer Doyle (President), Carrie Melbourne (Vice President). Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Tom Bushnauskas & Mike Padilla Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet
Credits: John Van Vliet

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.

Sign Up for E-News

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.


Hey there, reader!  Do you want to chime in?  Submit a letter to the editor of TAPinto Hawthorne

Sign up to receive FREE TAPinto news in your email inbox:

Follow TAPinto on Twitter: @TAPHawthorne Like us on Facebook:

Visit and read TAPinto Hawthorne 24/7 for FREE:

Download the FREE TAPinto App!  Click here for Android - Click here for iOS to get news as it is happening.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


The Dey Mansion Museum to Participate in Blue Star Museums

June 21, 2018

The Dey Mansion Museum is one of more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to military personnel and their families this summer

(Wayne, NJ June 21, 2018) – Today, The Dey Mansion Museum announced its participation in the ninth annual Blue Star Museums, a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more ...

Police Blotter - June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018

May 29, 2018, 1:15 p.m. – Arrest: Keith Reiff, 33, of Hewitt, NJ.  Lincoln Avenue. Motor vehicle stop of 2002 Buick for improper passing.  While officers were speaking to the driver, he stated was coming from a doctor that the officer knew was not in practice.  Reiff was asked to step out of the car and asked if he had anything in his possession when he admitted to 2 bricks ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, June 24, 11:00 AM


MakerFest 2018


Thu, June 28, 6:00 PM

Woodstone Pizza Bar & Grill, Rochelle Park

Inspirational Joan Herrmann Guest Speaker for ...

Business & Finance Health & Wellness


Thu, June 28, 7:00 PM

North Haledon Free Public Library, North Haledon

Chair Yoga with Gianna Wozney

Community Calendar Health & Wellness