WEST ORANGE, NJ — More than 500 people attended the second annual West Orange Food Truck Festival on Sunday in the parking lot in front of West Orange High School, where residents of West Orange and surrounding towns had the opportunity to try numerous delicacies from different cultures.

The free-admission festival featured a total of 12 trucks, including Soccer Chef Wagon, Empanada Lady, Aroy-D The Elephant (Thai food), The Dark Side of the Moo (Exotic Meats for Burgers, Tacos, & Sandwiches), The Guac Spot, Bacon Me Crazy, Bro-Ritos, The Little Sicilian (30+ Different Types of Sicilian Riceballs), Angry Archies (Lobster Roll, Crab cakes, & Chicken Sandwiches), the Cosmic Kettle Corn, Tuta Ice Cream, and Carnivale Donut Bar. Among the favorites was Bacon Me Crazy, which attends nearly 60 festivals every year.

“[The main goal is] to have an event which the community could enjoy,” said program coordinator Candy Myrick. “We wanted to offer the community something different and this was our choice.”

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Patrons dined to CJ Music at the school’s PVW entrance while children bounced around in the PlayZone bouncy house. Myrick said that the high school parking lot served as the best location because “it had the most parking and was on a major highway.” The yard in front of the parking lot also featured several large trees and tents, which shielded those in attendance from the glaring sun.

Despite the record-setting temperatures, West Orange residents enjoyed tasty meals from around the world, and, if they were lucky, an “Over the Top” Donut Milkshake courtesy of Carnivale Donut Bar.

This article was written by Joshua Baker, a recent West Orange High School graduate participating in the TAPinto West Orange student internship program.