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Community Digs In to Second Annual Food Truck Fest

Despite rain and clouds hovering over the Lincroft campus, community members turned out in force on Oct. 14 for a day of live music, eclectic food and family fun on Oct. 14 during the second annual Spark Invitational Food Truck Festival.

The event, hosted by Brookdale Public Radio, featured nearly a dozen of the area’s most popular mobile eateries, including Empanada Guy, The Tasty Trolley, Maddalena’s Cheesecake Co., Enzo’s Pizza and The Flying Pie Guy.

In between bites, attendees were treated to live performances by Animal Years, David Ramirez, Jeremy & The Harlequins and Christian O’Connor, along with a host of family friendly games, activities and shopping opportunities.

“Whether they came for the food, the music or simply to have a relaxing day out with the family, everyone had a fantastic time,” said Brookdale Public Radio station manager Tom Brennan. “This festival is our annual opportunity to say thank you to all the members and listeners who support our station each year, and it was great to have that connection between our staff, our DJs and the members of our community.”

Animal Years performs during the Spark Invitational Food Truck Festival on Oct. 14.

After sampling some decadent grilled cheese, overstuffed empanadas or chocolate-covered cheesecake bars, attendees had plenty of opportunities to burn off excess calories at the festival’s cornhole station, sidewalk chalk gallery and pumpkin and face painting table, or by browsing a wide range of custom jewelry vendors, craft-sellers, tarot card readers and nonprofit community groups.

Volunteer “zombies” from the Brookdale Haunted Theater also roamed the grounds, posing for photos and working with younger attendees at a “slime-making” station.

For Mary Conklin, a Brookdale alumna who attended with her shitzu Seamus, the food truck festival exceeded all expectations.

“I’m really glad I came out today. We both are,” said Conklin. “I had a delicious grilled cheese from the Tasty Trolley, which I shared with Seamus and he absolutely loved. And because I’m moving away from the shore soon, I bought a nice dolphin ring to help remember this area. We both just had a great time walking around and meeting new people. Seamus even met a couple of new dog friends. It was a lot of fun.”

Proceeds from the event support Brookdale Public Radio, 90.5 The Night, Monmouth County’s only public radio station. The festival was co-sponsored by World Subaru.

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Check out more photos from the Spark Invitational Food Truck Festival here