Combining food with live entertainment and lots of fun things for kids to do is what most of our festivals are made of here in Beaufort and the Lowcountry Jaycees have announced that they’re bringing back the super-fun and successful Beaufort Food Truck Festival for round two early this fall, with the perfect blend of those ingredients.
Last year, thousands flocked to downtown to enjoy the first Beaufort Food Truck Festival which was held over on North Street next to the Santa Elena History Center.
The food lines were long but well worth the wait to get your fill of fare from ten local food trucks including It’s Only Fair, Chazito’s, Murican Border and Time to Eat. Live music, a kids game zone and lots of other vendors helped round off the day of fun.
And, it’s coming back.
This year’s 2nd Annual Beaufort Food Truck Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th from 11am to 5pm at Beaufort Town Center, and it’s going to be bigger and better.
The Jaycees conducted a survey of attendees last year and have made some changes this time around. The new event location is easily visible from Boundary Street and provides quicker access with much more parking. Additionally, Food Truck vendors will be offering sample options of their menus with prices that are more manageable for those hoping to taste treats from more than one or two trucks. With more space for additional food trucks the Jaycees hope to keep the longer lines to a minimum.
“Our original idea was to keep the festival small and simple, with the focus on planning the event well so we could build the next year,” said Kristin McClain, Jaycees Treasurer and Project Manager for the festival. “When we began to get the word out. our festival quickly became popular with the community and we were inundated with requests from vendors to participate. It really grew, quickly,” she added. “This year, there’s more room, more parking.”
Given the immense popularity of the interactive Kid Zone last year, the Jaycees have yet another exciting game area planned for the little ones and participants can also expect to hear some great music from local musicians and DJs as well.
“We love this event and we’re excited to provide folks with the opportunity to sample the cuisines from a variety of fantastic food trucks throughout the Lowcountry,” Kristin added.
The Beaufort Food Truck Festival is organized to raise money for Camp Hope, a summer camp held in Pendleton, SC for ages 7 and up with cognitive disabilities. The South
Carolina Jaycees strive to raise money each year to assist in running the camp.
If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the festival as a Food truck vendor, craft/artisan vendor, volunteer or sponsor you may contact the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.