Second Annual 4-State Food Truck Festival Excited For Another Year October 22 | Journal-news
MARTINSBURG — The second annual Main Street Martinsburg 4-State Food Truck Fest is back this year and will take place in downtown Martinsburg from noon to 7 p.m. on October 22.
Advocate Insurance Group, on Queen Street in Martinsburg, is the presenting sponsor.
After attracting thousands of people last year at the inaugural event, this year’s festival will feature 20 food trucks from the surrounding region, including West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Entrance to the festival is free, with each truck having its own menu and prices. Parking will also be free. There will be a beer garden, with over 15 beers and ciders on tap for purchase. There will also be a large children’s area with inflatables, face paint and more.
Robby Blair, Executive Director of Main Street Martinsburg, looks forward to the family event taking place on Queen Street for the second year in a row.
“The cool thing about these festivals is that they’re free. Anyone can come and enjoy it, bring their whole family and spend as much or as little as they want,” he said. “Corporations are excited, food trucks are excited and it’s going to be fun.”
Between the food trucks, the kid zone, the beer garden, live music and more, there is something for everyone. He said one addition this year is the improved children’s area – the PB&J (play, bounce, jump) area.
“Happy Hearts Preschool and Martinsburg-Berkeley County Parks and Recreation are both helping in their own way to contribute, volunteer, sponsor and manage this area,” Blair said. “Parents can have peace of mind knowing these are selected people who work in parks and recreation or already work in a preschool. We want safety and lots of fun too. We will have face painting, inflatables and lots of sensory activities for kids that we are adding this year so it is truly a family event.
He said while last year was a success, the biggest stumbling block was running out of food due to the large number of attendees. Blair was thrilled to announce that 20 food trucks will be in attendance this year and they will be prepared for a large crowd.
“That was the biggest stumbling block of the last year, but with that in mind, I think we fixed that pretty quickly. They know what we’re doing now when we throw these parties, and they’re going to be prepared,” Blair said.
He said that although there are already over 6,500 people who have indicated they are interested/coming to the event on Facebook, a good rule of thumb is to double that number for expected attendees.
“Any number on Facebook that wants to come, you can usually double that,” he said. “It will be fun. I’m all excited.”
Blair thanked Michelle Sadat of the Advocate Insurance Group for being the presenting sponsor of the event.
Sadat has been on the board of Main Street Martinsburg since 2006 and launched her business downtown in 2008.
“I’m a big fan of downtown and I know all that could be and now the beauty of seeing this realized and all the investment that’s coming to downtown,” she said.
She said that this event replaced the Chili Cook-off and that Advocate was also the main sponsor of this event. She served as chair of the cooking competition committee in the past and is now chair of the 4-State Food Truck Fest committee.
“I love that it’s such a community-driven festival. Being able to have a lot of different things for the kids, as well as all the foodies, and if you’re into music, it hits all the different points of interest for a variety of people,” Sadat said. “I think food truck festivals, in general, are so much fun. Everyone has different dietary restrictions or preferences, and when you go to a food truck festival, you know there will be something everyone will love.
She added that Advocate Insurance Group is proud to be part of the downtown community.
“We think Main Street has done such a great job of bringing all the businesses together and really being able to put on fun events like this so our community can come downtown and experience the community together at the heart of it all, what we think is downtown Martinsburg,” she said. “We are proud to be part of it and we are happy to have our business right downtown. We are simply delighted with the event and happy to be able to participate.
Blair added that although the football game between WVU and Texas Tech has a time to be determined on Oct. 22, he said the hope was that the time for the game would fall during the festival so it could be broadcast. in the beer garden. Everything will depend on the kick-off time as announced.
“I hope everyone has a reason to come downtown for this,” Blair said.
For more information about the festival, visit Main Street Martinsburg on Facebook.