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Vineland's Food Truck Festival on The Ave returns August 22nd


(VINELAND, NJ) -- Come hungry as the Food Truck Festival on The Ave returns to downtown Vineland for the fourth year on Sunday, August 22, rain or shine, from 11:00am to 7:00pm, at Landis Avenue and the Boulevard.

After a one-year hiatus due to COVID, this sizzling mega-event is roaring back and should be a highlight of your summer calendar. Admission is free and the event is organized by Main Street Vineland, with Members 1st of NJ Federal Credit Union as the major sponsor. It will feature over 22 food trucks, and a packed line-up of continuous entertainment and activities.

Choose from a wide variety of delicious foods available from the food trucks—Bake N Bacon, Battiato’s Ice Cream, Beast of the Street, Big Squeeze Lemonade, Butch’s BBQ, Chank’s Pizza Cones, Chimney Cake Factory, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cow and the Curd, Cubano X-Press, Dan’s Waffles, G’Day Gourmet, Good Mood, House of Cupcakes, J.R.’s Hot Dogs, Julio’s on Main, Kona Ice, Molto Bene Ravioli Co., Mr. Taco, Nick’s Roast Beef, Pirate Pete’s Soda Co., Sierra Juarez Restaurant/Mr. Taco, The Little Sicilian Riceballs, Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine LLC, and Twisted Steaks.

The proceedings will kick off with the official ribbon-cutting, which will feature Melanie Cope singing the National Anthem. DJ Zach Reed will then be your host for a packed line-up of non-stop entertainment  on the Entertainment Stage, including include live music by Cope, Inocente Gonzalez, Jordan Lively, Nathan Santiago, The Embassy House of Zion Choir, Funwave Band, Louis Vincent, Thomas Burgess, The KNomadz, and wrapping up with Karaoke with DJ Zach Reed.

Activities in the Kid’s Corner will include games, face painting, and sand art. Other activities will include a 30-minute fitness class by 6 Days Fit at 11:30am.  Stop by and visit the various non-food vendors on site, as well, including over 20 crafters.

Funding for the Entertainment Stage has been made possible by sponsorship from Newfield National Bank.

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"Our previous three Food Truck Festival on The Ave events were off the charts—a wide variety of great food and a festive atmosphere,” said Main Street Vineland Executive Director Russell Swanson. "We had to take a year off last year for health and safety reasons but, with people eager to get out and have fun, we see this year’s festival repeating the success of earlier. We’re planning a festival that will be fun and save."

The previous festivals surpassed the expectations of everyone, including the experts, according to Main Street Vineland Associate Director Robert Scarpa, and the intention is to make this year’s event just as good.

“We’ve brought over 9,000 people to The Ave each year and so many of the participating vendors want to come back this year,” he said. “Vineland has become a destination for food trucks from near and far. Come early, stay late, and enjoy!”

Opening Ceremony

11:00am: Ribbon-Cutting—National Anthem sung by Melanie Cope

Entertainment Stage

11:05am: Melanie Cope

12:00pm: Inocente Gonzalez

  1:00pm: Jordan Lively

  1:30pm: Nathan Santiago

  2:00pm: The Embassy House of Zion Choir

  3:00pm: Funwave Band

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  4:00pm: Louis Vincent

  4:30pm: Thomas Burgess

  5:00pm: The KNomadz

  6:00pm: Karaoke with DJ Zach Reed


Food Trucks

Bake N Bacon (bacon-inspired dishes); Battiato’s Ice Cream (soft-serve ice cream); Beast of the Street (buffalo tostados, fried rice with filet tips, and other gourmet offerings); Big Squeeze Lemonade (lemonade); Black Bird (baked goods); Butch’s BBQ (award-winning BBQ); Chank’s Pizza Cones (favorite pizza flavors to go); Chimney Cake Factory (Hungarian bread treat dessert with ice cream and toppings); Cousins Maine Lobster (lobster rolls, lobster recipes, and tater tots); Cow and the Curd (deep-fried cheese curds); Cubano X-Press (Cuban sandwiches); Dan’s Waffles (bubble waffles with ice cream and sweet topping, various sliders); G’Day Gourmet (Australian meat pies); Good Mood (gourmet burgers, wings, and fries); House of Cupcakes (various cupcakes); J.R.’s Hot Dogs (hot dogs); Julio’s on Main (Mexican cuisine); Kona Ice (shaved ice); Molto Bene Ravioli Co. (various kinds of raviolis); Nick’s Roast Beef (roast beef and roast pork); Pirate Pete’s Soda Pop Co. (gourmet soda); Sierra Juarez Restaurant/Mr. Taco (tacos and other Mexican fare); The Little Sicilian Riceballs (variety of rice balls); Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine LLC (lamb chops, filet mignon, and other gourmet offerings); and Twisted Steaks (cheesesteak pretzels).

Photo courtesy of Main Street Vineland

originally published: 08/11/2021

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