Crowds line up during the April foodstruck event in York City. That event attracted 9,000 people.
Crowds line up during the April foodstruck event in York City. That event attracted 9,000 people. (York Dispatch file photo)

Foodstruck — that celebration of edible goodness so wildly successful its organizers keep doubling the number of food trucks — will return Sunday, Aug. 31, for a third round.

This time, York City's Penn Park will host the party from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Organizers are hoping to book 50 food trucks for the event. That's up from 27 trucks that served goodies such as lobster rolls and French crepes at the April 11 installment.

The first foodstruck in October attracted nearly 1,700 people despite some seriously rainy weather.

Expecting about 5,000 people in April, organizers expanded the offerings.

And then 9,000 people showed up. The huge turnout created some long lines, despite more rain.

Hoping to relieve congestion and attract even more eaters, foodstruck organizers have made some changes for the festival in August.

They've planned for a Sunday event instead of a Friday, moved the event to a bigger location and expanded from four to seven hours.

Oh, and one more thing: There will be beer.

Beer: The request for beer has been a common refrain among foodstruck fans since the first event last year, organizer Philip Given said.

"It just makes sense. Food and beer have gone together for ages," Given said. "We just want people to enjoy some food, have a couple beers and enjoy a lot more food."

CrocodileDog Marketing, which coordinates festivals such as Taste of Pennsylvania and Yorktoberfest, will handle foodstruck's beer island in the center of Penn Park.


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Plans are still in the works about which regional and national breweries will be featured, but everything will be craft beer.

Given said the adult-friendly beverage options won't detract from foodstruck's family-friendly atmosphere.

Organizers are aiming to create a feeling similar to a baseball game, he said.

Craft beer will be just one tasty option among dozens, after all.

More trucks: To increase the number of trucks from 27 to 50, organizers are planning to pull more mobile restaurateurs from cities like Philadelphia and Baltimore.

"We've sort of reached the limit and scope of all of the trucks within central PA," Given said. "We've got those guys."

A few trucks from the region's big cities traveled to York for the April event. Word is spreading — especially among Philadelphia's competitive community of food trucks — about York, Given said.

"We are definitely becoming known," he said.

Given said he's excited about moving foodstruck to Penn Park, an open green space in York City not far from downtown.

"We really want to show Penn Park off," he said. "That space is beautiful, and a lot of people don't know anything about it."

One foodstruck fan on board with the Penn Park plan is Mayor Kim Bracey, who said she's hoping the new central location draws more city residents to foodstruck.

Bracey said she is encouraged by foodstruck organizers' desire to host the event in the city.

"They believe in the city and want to be a part of the city. That makes me feel good," she said.

— Reach Erin James at ejames@yorkdispatch.com.