Food truck festival comes to Westbury
When it comes to culinary trends, food trucks are one that won’t go away. Rather, if events like Smorgusburg and our affinity for halal carts have taught us anything, it’s that food trucks are becoming welcome parts of our diet, offering quick cuisine that ranges from guilty pleasure to artisanal delight.
And for diners who relish the experience of transportable treats, the Westbury Food Truck Festival is sure not to disappoint. The inaugural event, which takes place at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on Oct. 7, assembles a dozen mobile master chefs to unleash their specialty fare on the hungry masses.
“This is our first ever food truck festival. We always wanted to utilize our large parking lot for unique outdoor experiences that all types of people can enjoy,” said Tim Crowley, marketing manager at NYCB Theatre. “We thought this would be a great way to kick off the fall and try something new.”
The vendors, which hail from Long Island and the Greater New York City area, will offer a variety of cuisine including gourmet ice cream, artisanal doughnuts, made-from-scratch Mediterranean street food, Caribbean bites and more. The venue’s back deck will also serve as the space for a wine tasting, as well as feature an Oktoberfest Fair with German food and beer.
And as diners stroll around the lot to digest, they can enjoy a variety of activities, including giveaways from the New York Jets Street Team and New York Islanders, cornhole, balloon animals and a fire prevention trailer and truck courtesy of the Jericho Fire Department. WBAB and WBLI (who, in partnership with Live Nation, are presenting the event) will also provide the soundtrack to the afternoon’s affair.
Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item, to be donated to Long Island Cares.
The Westbury Food Truck Festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 7, from 3 to 8 p.m. Admission is $3.50, plus cost of food and drink at each truck. Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 800-745-3000 or by visiting the Westbury box office. For more information, visit www.thetheatreatwestbury.com.
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