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Savannah Food Truck Festival returns with more variety, new charity

  • Diners enjoy a past Savannah Food Truck Festival. (Savannah Morning News file photo)
  • Diners enjoy a past Savannah Food Truck Festival. (Savannah Morning News file photo)
  • Diners enjoy a past Savannah Food Truck Festival. (Savannah Morning News file photo)
 

Savannah Food Truck Festival returns with more variety, new charity

29 May 2017

According to Ryan Giannoni, president of the Savannah Food Truck Association, there will be more of everything this time around at the Savannah Food Truck Festival No. 3.

Savannah Food Truck Association will host the event from noon-6:30 p.m. June 4 in Daffin Park. Free yoga in the park starts at 10 a.m.

Admission is free and begins at noon, but a special VIP ticket purchased online will get you in at 11 a.m. and comes with some cool extras. But bring your wallet so you can sample some of the best food in the area and enjoy a drink or two.

“We’ve got about 40 trucks coming,” Giannoni says. “About 30 of those are standard food trucks and we’ll have some boutique trucks as well as some food trucks for dogs. This is our most diverse lineup we’ve ever had and we’ll have some new trucks that have never been to our events.”

Another new feature is the sale of wine along with the usual craft beer selections. These beverages will also be paired with some of the tasty offerings. Giannoni’s favorite part is the extra money made for charity, since all of these festivals aim to support local charities.

“Four dollars from every beer and glass of wine goes straight to the cause, which is pretty amazing.”

With this festival, the association unveils its latest charity project, Food Truck Philanthropy’s disaster relief plan. Giannoni explains it is a way for his organization to help those who stay behind in disasters to help the community.

The idea came to his group during Hurricane Matthew, when they had to cancel their second festival. Once the worst of the storm had passed, he and his team were asked to bring food to emergency responders manning the control center.

“We showed up and fed them,” he says. “These were the police, city leaders, first responders … This new nonprofit will allow us to take action and use local food trucks to help the next time we are in a state of emergency.”

He says part of the plan is to also work on logistics so they are able to pull food from other areas of the state that are not affected by the disaster. They plan to work with Chatham Emergency Management Agency as well as Glynn County agencies.

And if 40 food trucks aren’t enough to satisfy your hunger for entertainment, the event also includes live music, live art, kids’ activities and craft vendors. Since heat may be an issue, Giannoni says they have planned ahead and will have lots of water, misting stations and water stations for pets.

As for the future of food trucks in Savannah, Giannoni says they are growing in numbers every day.

“We keep getting more trucks, but it’s because we have the talent here — these are very talented chefs that are operating these trucks. It’s very exciting.”

IF YOU GO

What: Savannah Food Truck Festival No. 3

When: Noon-6:30 p.m. June 4

Where: Daffin Park

Cost: Free admission, food and drink for sale

Info: savannahfoodtruckfestival.net

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