Never let it be said that Yorkers are afraid of getting a little wet - not if there are pork buns and milkshakes to be gained.
Monsoon-like conditions couldn't stop nearly 1,700 people from venturing into downtown York City Friday for a chance to eat food from a truck.
The first-time event - dubbed FoodStruck - aimed to bring a big-city trend to York.
"That number's pretty close to what we were expecting if it were a beautiful day," said Philip Given, a FoodStruck organizer.
As anyone with a short-term memory can attest, Friday was not a beautiful day.
It had been pouring nearly non-stop for 24 hours when 5 p.m., FoodStruck's official start time, rolled around. Organizers, armed with the entire poncho inventory of a local dollar store, waited. Earlier in the day, the event's planners had used Facebook and Twitter to get their message out: Rain or shine, FoodStruck was going to happen.
By 6 p.m., FoodStruck volunteers reported counting 700 people already.
"It was at that point, sort of, we and the trucks realized this is going to be a crazy night," Given said. "And it was."
Trucks serving everything from pizza to spring rolls to crepes began running out of change.
The lobster mac and cheese - an item understandably in demand - sold out.
The line for pork buns never really disappeared.
And the truck serving milkshakes had to send workers to the store for more milk - twice.
You might call that a success.
In fact, the rain was a bit of a blessing in disguise, said Meg Feeser, another organizer.
"We were not prepared for how much demand there actually was," Feeser said. "With that knowledge, we know that we will have to make it even bigger and prepare even more for the next event."
FoodStruck organizers have already begun planning the next food-truck rally. Make sure your boots dry out by March.
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