PHOENIXVILLE >> Phoenixville knows how to do a festival right.
Despite intermittent rain, thousands of people came out Saturday to sample delectable dishes of all kinds at the annual Food Truck Festival.
A popular event for “foodies” in Chester County, the event featured a wide array of food selections including BBQ, Mediterranean fare, Asian cuisine, lobster tail and gourmet desserts. More than 50 food vendors rolled into town and shut down the corners of Bridge and Main streets so patrons could enjoy their offerings.
The event has become a favorite among Phoenixville locals especially, as it serves to bring the community together.
“We’ve been to every one they’ve had so far. It’s good food and a good time. It’s good for the town and people get out in the community. So many different things opening up; you actually get a chance to try them out and experience things,” said Andre Forte, a Phoenixville local who came with his family.
Along with several Bridge Street restaurants that participated in the festival, live music was also performed throughout the day. Joe Kenney, a Phoenixville-based musician, was one who performed along Bridge Street through much of the afternoon.
“I think the festival is great because there are so many good shops on Bridge Street anyway,” Kenney remarked. “The trucks get to represent their businesses. Phoenixville always comes out for the community. You always see familiar faces. Any type of event, it’s not surprising rain or shine that people are going to come out.”
The Food Truck Festival is also good for the shopping district of historic downtown Phoenixville, as it attracts thousands of people each year.
“It brings different people out from all around, the local communities and different areas. It brings people to support the local shops and smaller stores here. I think it’s important to support smaller towns,” said Roxanne Rieder, another Phoenixville resident.
Cody and Ariel Faulkner, from Norristown, were among attendees who came from towns neighboring Phoenixville. Cody noted many of his friends live in Phoenixville and he wanted to check out the Food Truck Fest for the first time.
“It’s just a fun atmosphere. You can walk and eat food. I wish we would have brought our dog,” said Cody, who noted he’d seen many dogs at the festival.
“We just want to explore Phoenixville. All the food has been so good. People of all ages can come and families. It’s a great family event; everyone can enjoy themselves,” Ariel added.