Rev your engines, Wilton, and get ready to motor on over to Miller-Driscoll School this Saturday, Aug. 17, for the 2nd Annual Wilton Food Truck Festival, all to benefit Trackside Teen Center. In just its second year, the community is already one of the organizations largest fundraisers, something organizers say is especially needed to help with center’s financial challenges and budget deficit.
Almost 20 food trucks will return to the food fest on Saturday, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; in addition to a wide variety of meals on wheels, the event will feature local musicians, kid friendly entertainment and over a dozen vendors to delight and entertain attendees throughout the day.
Trackside Teen Center, as a private non-profit, is the uniquely valuable place for Wilton teens. The center provides free drop-in hours after school and runs a number of programs ranging from arts to improv, gaming to self-esteem development for pre- teens and teens in grades 6–12. As a safe place that is not home, and not school, organization official call Trackside the ‘in-between’–where pre-teens and teens can come to socialize, explore new interests, meet new friends and most importantly just be themselves in a supervised environment.
“There is no doubt that Trackside is important to our teens,” says the center’s development and operations director, Cindy Moser, “for as one recently shared with us that, ‘Trackside is heaven on earth.’”
Trackside Teen Center is one of the few teen centers in Fairfield County, and will be celebrating the unique achievement of being open for 15 years this Fall–something members of the Trackside Board of Directors say they could not do it without the ongoing support of community members and businesses.
“Last year, we had over 600 cars with an estimated 1,500-2,000 attendees on a cool day at the end of October,” Moser says. “This year, we are anticipating a larger turnout and looking to generate even better attendance to help with our budget challenges and ensure we can continue to offer great and meaningful programs for our teens.”
Food Truck Festival Details
For this year’s Food Truck Festival, 19 food trucks were registered to attend with more potential participating trucks registering (*Wilton businesses indicated with an asterisk; see Trackside’s website for an updated list):
- Fork in the Road
- Greek Style Grill
- Taste of Grill
- SWAT (Southern Wings & Things)
- Bubble & Brew*
- Kona Ice
- Bumski’s (Beer, Wine and Tito’s)
- Pierogies on Wheels
- College Creamery*
- Fire and Rice
- Crazy Taco Mex
- Mamoun’s Falafel On Wheels
- Claypot Chef
- Proof Pizza
- Smokin Bandits BBQ*
- NoRa Cupcakes
- An EP Experience
- Oak Haven Mobile
- The Painted Cookie
- Sweet Pea Farm*
- Teach Art 2 Me (Face Painting & More)
- Paparazzi Accessories (Karen Burke)
- Little Red Pennies
- Emmy Starr Designs*
- My One Creation (Heather Towner)
- Megan Bray
- Orange Theory Fitness
- Westside Jerky
- Old Tyme Toys
- SSDS Martial Arts of Wilton*
- Crossway Worship Center*
- Meredith Walsh
The sponsors to date for this year’s event include GOOD Morning Wilton, 95.9 The Fox, Fairfield County Portables and Paul’s Prosperous Printing. In addition, Fairfield County Talk Radio, produced by Sharc Creative, Inc. (a Wilton business) will be broadcasting live from the event.
Admission at event is $10 per car which can be paid upon arrival at the event.