FAIRFIELD, NJ — Approximately 1,000 people recently attended the Fairfield Police Foundation's first Food Trucks, Craft Beer and Football Festival, which was hosted in conjunction with BCB Bank and raised approximately $8,000 for the Fairfield Police Foundation to be used for training and equipment for the Fairfield Police Department.

"We are very thankful of the continued support from the Fairfield community," said Fairfield Police Officer RJ Casendino, who was instrumental in planning the festival. "We look forward to many more events in the future."

According to Casendino, funds raised will go into the Fairfield Police Foundation's general account to be used toward some approved purchases, which currently include $7,000 to cover the cost of equipment needed to train four officers in swift water rescue and  $1,300 to cover the cost of equipment needed to train two officers who are currently assigned to the Emergency Response Team (ERT) for high-risk warrant entry/service.

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The festival included a wide selection of food trucks and craft beer from Fairfield's Magnify Brewing Company as well as live streaming of Red Zone and entertainment from DJ Entertainment Paul Lebo's Eye To Eye Events. The food trucks included Glazed and Confused, Spanky's, Capizzi's Hot Zeppoles, The Drunken Meatball, Cupcake Carnivale, Carmelo's, Angry Archies, Home of the Big Papi, Jerkin Chicken, Oreo Fix, Cab Burger and more. 

"I love Fairfield, and I am so proud of the quality of events that they put on," said Fairfield resident Christy Weiss, whose child was enjoying the inflatables from Fairfield's Any Excuse For A Party. "From this festival to National Night Out a few months ago, Fairfield does a great job of hosting families and bringing the community together."

The Fairfield Police Foundation is a designated 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide the members of the Fairfield Police Department with essential training and equipment that cannot be provided within the municipal budget. All donations to the Fairfield Police Foundation are 100 percent tax-deductible.