After successfully hosting Hamilton’s first food truck rally last summer, Shared Harvest Foodbank will revive the FOOD FOR ALL Food Truck Rally & Music Festival for a second great year.
The FOOD FOR ALL Food Truck Rally & Music Festival takes place from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, September 28, at Marcum Park and RiversEdge Amphitheater in Hamilton’s German Village.
Admission to the event is free.
“September is Hunger Action Month,” said Terry Perdue, executive director of Shared Harvest Foodbank, which has been supplying charitable food pantries and soup kitchens of Southwest Ohio since 1983, “and we thought what better way to let people know about hunger and poverty issues than by feeding them!”
The event was started last year by Shared Harvest’s founder Tina Osso and a committee of community volunteers and Shared Harvest staff. Osso said that she felt Hamilton’s Marcum Park would be a perfect setting for such an event: A beautiful new park, centrally located, and in the hub of a flurry of activity in Hamilton’s downtown revitalization.
“For a first-time event, we managed to attract a nice variety of food trucks,” Osso said, “a little something for everyone, from the trendy ‘suburban cuisine’ of The Golden Goose and gourmet fusion of The Screaming Goat, to more traditional Mexican and Italian cuisine -- not to mention the participation of local culinary institutions like Richard’s Pizza!”
This year, there will be even more trucks, more music, and more family friendly activities, Perdue said.
The Great Lawn of Marcum Park will be packed with family-friendly activities including projects from the Girl Scouts, face painters, salsa-making, and live animals from the Ohio State University Extension. FEMA and the Hamilton Fire Department will have vehicles available for hands-on exploration, and a “Hunger Games Scavenger Hunt” offers cash prizes and the opportunity to learn more about hunger issues in the area.
The RiversEdge Stage will also be alive with music all day long, with a line-up of music as diverse as the cuisine, a mix of classic rock, big bands, roots rockers, and acoustic acts. Acts scheduled to perform include Billy Two Shoes, Swingfoot, H&R Rock, Ohio Brass & Electric, Big Time Pharaohs, and Kevin & Barb.
“Some of the musicians have been long-time supporters of Shared Harvest Foodbank,” Osso said, “and we are excited to have such a great line-up of acts, especially when all of them are donating their time to the cause.”
Osso and Perdue said that they are hoping for good weather and a great turn-out.
For more information about the FOOD for ALL Food Truck Rally, please visit www.foodforallrally.com for the latest information.