More than a dozen food truck vendors will be in Parksville on Saturday, May 11, offering both savoury and sweet eats.
The Parksville Pop Up Food Truck Festival, created by the Van Isle Food Trucks Group, will take place at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The festival will also include a pub-style eating area inside the community centre that will run for the length of the event. Local beer and wine will be highlighted, with some sampling opportunities available during certain times.
“The idea of the Food Truck Festival was created early this year to finally bring the food truck community together for a collaborative event that is long overdue,” said organizer Mark Chandler of Van Isle Food Trucks. “The reason this festival was created was to bring business into our city and the entire Oceanside region and we picked a time of the year to help us generate revenue during a softer time of the year for tourism. We would like to consider a festival each year for this area and perhaps next year we will see it move to the Qualicum, Coombs or Errington.”
Chandler said people are encouraged to bring cash but debit and credit will be available for several trucks.
The event will include entertainment by local band Black Moon Valley from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and a DJ service will be run by military veterans.
Parking will be available to the east and west of the community centre and a two-vehicle shuttle will run back and forth to link the three community park food trucks into the festival.
Chandler said volunteers are still needed and anyone interested can contact the community centre to get on the list.