The Santoro family of Springettsbury Township eats lunch during foodstruck on Sunday at Penn Park in York City. Mom Kelly, Dad Joe and the children —
The Santoro family of Springettsbury Township eats lunch during foodstruck on Sunday at Penn Park in York City. Mom Kelly, Dad Joe and the children — Phoebe, left, and Lola — shared a meal from some of the 50 food truck vendors at the event. (Randy Flaum — rflaum@yorkdispatch.com)

Despite rain at times on Sunday, more than 10,300 people turned out for the latest and the largest edition of foodstruck in York City.

Philip Given, event organizer, said that count could be a bit low since people were waiting in Penn Park, the location of the latest foodstruck, before it kicked off.

The event not only drew locals, but also people from Carlisle, Maryland and beyond, he said.

With such a large turnout, a record for the event, Given said future foodie events — either held annually or biannually — could be in the works.

"I'm really excited to see how far we can grow it," he said.

Foodstruck, a collection of food trucks selling eats, was first held in October. The second installment, which drew about 8,500 people, was held in April.

Francoise and Denny Hultzapple of Newberry Township split a meal from the Ka’Chi truck during foodstruck on Sunday at Penn Park. The event broke its
Francoise and Denny Hultzapple of Newberry Township split a meal from the Ka'Chi truck during foodstruck on Sunday at Penn Park. The event broke its own attendance records for both patrons and food trucks. (Randy Flaum rflaum@yorkdispatch.com)

All told, 50 food trucks — another event record — rolled into York City for the third foodstruck.

Near and far: In planning the latest event, Given said he and other organizers looked to broaden their food truck horizons, seeking out not only local food trucks but also ones from well outside the area.

"We sort of maxed out the ones in central Pennsylvania and we had to try hard for ones in (Philadelphia) and (Washington) D.C.," he said.

The event also featured a beer tent, vendors and live music.

Organizers upgraded the location of the latest foodstruck, opting to hold it at Penn Park along West College Avenue.


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Given said the location, perceived as unsafe by some people, may have kept a few people away but those who ventured out said they were impressed with the park. And with so many food trucks and people, Given said, the large park proved to be the perfect location.

"It was big enough that people felt comfortable," he said.

Reaction: The York Dispatch asked on its Facebook page what people thought of foodstruck. Some of their comments:

•Stacey Boyer: The location was perfect! Lots of room to move around, trees for shade and areas for kids to play. Everything we tried was delicious.

•Phyllis DeStephano Krall: My first time in Penn Park and thought that was a great idea to hold it there to get rid of the stigma that is attached to that park. Also my first foodstruck event and thought that it was great! I see lots of potential for this event, as in more non food vendors. Hats off to those who planned it.

•Linda Eberhardinger: Penn Park was great place to have this. It started raining so I didn't get to eat as much as I wanted. The stuffed pretzels were very good. My opinion would be to have one in the beginning of October. Cooler and less chance of storms.

•Jim Henney: The Ahi Tuna wrap was one of the best things I've ever had. Brilliant combination of sweet (watermelon, pineapple, grapes) acidic (honey vinaigrette) and perfectly seared tuna.

•Angel Zielinski: It was awesome. I finally got to try fried cheese curds and they were awesome. The Gyro from Greek on the Street was great and so was the cupcake from Lancaster Cupcakes. I'm still stuffed!

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.