If you like food, live music and craft vendors, this Friday the 13th will be your lucky day.
Food Truck Oktoberfest, sponsored by the Brunswick Downtown Development Authority, will kick off at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Mary Ross Waterfront Park on Bay Street. The festivities continue at 8:30 p.m., when the party moves to Jekyll Square on Newcastle Street for a live band and more entertainment.
Several Coastal Georgia food trucks will be on hand to offer a variety of cuisine, along with entertainment, drinks and games, the authority said in a news release.
“This is a great event for family and friends to get together to play games, win prizes, and try a wide variety of food,” the release states. “We’ll be having live local music performing later in the evening.”
Kathy Stratton, a self-described semi-retiree and co-owner of the mobile wood-fired pizzeria All Fired Up, said she’s excited about being part of the festival.
“The fun thing about food trucks is there’s always a variety,” she said. “You can get everything from a snack to a full meal. It’s fun to see who shows up. In all likelihood, you’ll find something you like.”
Eight members of the Savannah Food Truck Association will post up at Mary Ross park, offering everything from desserts to barbecue and seafood, said Sean Custer, a spokesman for the association.
“The downtown authority contacted us and said they wanted to do a food truck festival,” he said. “So we worked with them to connect them to our members.”
Four of the food trucks set to be at Oktoberfest are based in the Golden Isles, while eight more are coming from the Savannah area, he said.
As a nonprofit group, the Savannah Food Truck Association works to promote the mobile food industry, connect members with events and festivals and, hopefully in the future, bargain collectively with wholesalers, Custer said.
“We want to promote the industry, and we’re out there trying to grow it in this region,” he said. “We’re trying to get to the national level of where the mobile food business is.”
Currently, the association has 25 food truck members, and more than a dozen other food trucks that are not in Coastal Georgia, but occasionally participate in regional festivals in the area, he said.
If you’re not able to make it to Oktoberfest this Friday, don’t fret. The Savannah Food Truck Association will be back Oct. 29-29 at Gascoigne Bluff park on St. Simons Island for another festival.
Set for the weekend of the Georgia-Florida football game, at least 25 trucks will be on hand, along with a big screen to watch the game and entertainment for the whole family, Custer said.