In April, Foodstruck fed more than 8,500 visitors.

Afterward, those who organized York's second food truck party feasted on feedback.

What they heard prompted them to change aspects of the event, said Philip Given, a member of the Foodstruck team.

The next Foodstruck -- slated for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 31 -- will be different than the previous two. Given said organizers addressed the top requests.

"The lines are too long."

During the April Foodstruck event, people waited in lines that wrapped around North Pershing Avenue in York. Some lines overlapped. It took some folks an hour to work their way to the food window.

Given said organizers knew the event needed more space. They looked at a map of the city and saw a big swatch of green -- Penn Park, 100 W. College Ave. That will be Foodstruck's new location, and it will provide much more space, Given said.

The number of food trucks will likely double -- from 27 to 50 -- so that might thin out individual lines, too. And even if people are waiting for food, they won't be cramped, Given said.

"You need beer."

Given said organizers have been hearing this since the first Foodstruck event in October 2013.


In the past, Foodstruck visitors were able to take food into nearby bars, including Holy Hound Taproom and First Capital Dispensing Company. But Given said that some patrons weren't aware of Pennsylvania's liquor laws and questioned why they couldn't take their beer outside.

Foodstruck organizers are working with Crocodile Marketing -- which presents Yorktoberfest and the Taste of Pennsylvania Wine and Music Festival -- to bring beer to Penn Park. Given said the event has obtained permission to serve beer from the city, which owns the park land.

The idea is to create a Treasure Island in the middle of the food trucks. Of-age folks can get wristbands in order to sip beer.

Given said the law requires the area to be contained, but people will be able to move in and out of Foodstruck easily. Organizers are still working on logistics for the beer setup.

"It should be an all-day thing on the weekend."

Previous Foodstruck festivities have been held Friday evenings.

Given said they've gotten many requests to make the event a weekend festival.

So, organizers scheduled the next food truck party for Aug. 31, which is the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

Given said organizers will get an idea of how many people to expect once they start to send out invitations and Facebook updates. He said that he expects at least 9,000.

The holiday weekend might not work for some people, Given said. But it could attract people from across the region who don't have previous plans.

The event will still include live music as well as a vintage and homemade market.

For now, Given said Foodstruck will continue to be semi-regular event as opposed to a monthly happening.


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