Maddie Krentz, News Editor
The Art and Food Truck Festival has been a staple at the high school for 3 years now. In this celebration of community and culture, food trucks, artists, musicians and vendors from the local community come together to have a good time.
This festival raises money and awareness for the Perkiomen Valley Art Department. The funds raise money for art department trips, guest speakers, senior awards as well as a raku clay workshop.
This year, the food vendors included Capt’n Chucky’s Crab Cakes, The Flying Deutschman, Sweet Aloha Truck, Dump n Roll, Dia Doce Gourmet Cupcakes, Betty’s Old Fashioned Lemonade, Petrucci’s Ice Cream and Water Ice, Pop’s Original Screamer Sauce, Mad Dash Grilled Cheese, and Falkor Fusion Food Truck.
The first noticeable thing when entering the back pool parking is the lines. Every single food truck had a line running across the lawn, but it was worth it. The first stop I made was to Betty’s Old Fashioned Lemonade. This was one of the most popular trucks there, probably because the sun was beating down on all of the customers.. Betty’s shop is simple. They sell a small, large and tanker size of fresh lemonade, orangeade, limeade, strawberry lemonade or Arnold Palmer. They squeeze and shake the lemonade right in front of the customer. The lemonade is served in large colorful cups and there are $3 refills. This was the perfect refreshing treat for a hot summer day; it also was totally unique, no other stand specialized in drinks and with their large orange and yellow tent, they stood out from among the vendors.
The next stop was Dump n Roll. As the name implies, this was a dumpling and roll truck. The flavors included anything from traditional recipes like the Piggy and Chives dumpling, to new creations like the Mac n Cheese Egg Roll. All of the dumpling recipes that were sampled were delicious. However, the real star of this food truck was the smoked truffle fries. These parmesan fries were covered in garlic truffle aioli were totally unique and absolutely delicious.
Other staples of the food truck vendors included the Mad Dash Grilled Cheese where the mac and cheese and buffalo chicken grilled cheeses were very popular and the Sweet Aloha food truck where colorful acai – fruit smoothie – bowls were quite the hit, if the hour-long line was any indication. These bowls have become popular on social media for their bright colors and flavorful toppings.
The artists and vendors section of the food truck festival had a wide variety of selections, there were booths selling honey to Perkiomen Valley High School Artists. The most popular booth seemed to be Brandon Schweers, who was a spray paint artist. He did live demonstrations and had relatively cheap paintings on sale that attracted a crowd all day long.
To my disappointment, the music stand was inside this year but that was most likely due to weather concerns. However, this stand had a wide variety of musicians that all drew the crowd’s attention; everyone from Ava Difiore, a middle schooler at Perkiomen Valley Middle School East, to the Underwater Robots, a local band that used theatre tech to create a musical sensation.
Finally, the last two parts of the food truck festival included the chalk wall and the kid’s zone. The chalk wall was a great idea but was somewhat excluded from the rest of the activities. The kid’s zone had face paint, giant jenga and connect-4, blow-up obstacle course, and sand art. This section had fun for all-ages, from preschoolers to The Voice staff looking to have some fun.
Overall, the art and food truck festival is a great time for kids, families and the people of Perkiomen Valley. It is a new tradition in our school and it has already continued to improve in the past 3 years. It is a festival that everyone should consider attending.