Savannah, GA – The Sixth Savannah Food Truck Festival and Marketplace event is coming to Daffin Park (1301 E Victory Dr, Savannah) on Sunday, October 13. This annual event started in 2016 and has grown into a regular event each fall celebrating tasty gourmet food. The festival is not-for-profit and helps local charities.
At this year’s festival, the organizers plan to host over two-dozen food trucks serving a huge range of local dishes, street food, and ethnic cooking.
The festival is family and pet friendly, and has something for all ages groups. The event is aimed at bringing the community together through a love of good food, fun, and helping good causes.
There will also be 20 craft vendors present offering a wide range of merchandise.
Other attractions at this year’s festival include free yoga sessions, live music on two stages, kids’ activities and a bounce house, face painting, and yard games. There’s even an air-conditioner barber’s shop truck onsite to make sure you look your best while enjoying the food, drink, and atmosphere.
The Savannah Food Truck Association, who organize the festival, feel that it’s not just about making a buck. The event is non-profit making and has the welfare of residents at its heart. It was first set up to thank the community for accepting the food truck industry into Savannah.
It’s also a great way to bring healthy food to people who may not be able to access it elsewhere in their neighbourhood.
Before August 2016 food trucks were banned by the city. They were treated as a nuisance. That changed when the Mobile Food Service Unit ordinance was passed. This turned out to be an amazingly beneficial decision for the residents of the greater Savannah area.
Two months later Hurricane Matthew struck Savannah. It caused chaos and destruction. The surviving infrastructure was crippled and many people were left without homes, basic support, and food.
Being self-contained and with no need for water and electricity the mobile food trucks were perfect for bringing support and relief to the struggling residents of the city. Their efforts proved to be critical and a grateful city found itself in debt to the food trucks.
Following the disaster, The Savannah Food Truck Association launched the first festival. It was their way to thank the city for finally welcoming them into its heart. It also gave the community an opportunity to support the food truckers and thank them for their efforts in the aftermath of Matthew.
The first festival took place at the much smaller Emmett Park, but organizers were overwhelmed when 10,000 people turned up. The move to Daffin Park has given organizers the chance to let the festival grow and increase the range of attractions on offer. After all, that’s what food trucks are all about – choice, variety and convenience.
According to the official Facebook event, over 19,000 people are interested in attending.
The festival takes place on Sunday, 13 October between 11am and 6pm at Daffin Park, 1301 East Victory Drive in Savannah.