New food truck event announced in York

Sean Philip Cotter

An event called What the Food Truck will serve as the spiritual successor to the popular foodstruck events when it brings food trucks, beer and entertainment to Penn Park on Labor Day weekend.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, said event organizer Kate Harmon.

She's working with fellow organizers Matthew Davis and Brian Dudley of CrocodileDog Marketing; that organization has brought food-and-drink-based events including Hibrewnation, Taste of PA and Yorktoberfest to the city.

She said this past Labor Day weekend, foodstruck drew about 20,000 people to Penn Park for food trucks, beer and music. About 40 food trucks formed a ring around the park last year for the event.

Harmon said she expects a similar turnout this year and is contacting all the trucks that have come out to foodstruck in past years.

"We saw a need to continue the tradition," she said. "You don't need to leave York Labor Day weekend."

The biggest difference between this event and the several foodstruck events — which were organized by Downtown Inc's Meagan Feeser and York City Pretzel Co.'s Phillip Given — is this one will have an additional focus on providing services for people in York City, she said.

What the Food Truck

Harmon said the organizers hope to bring out local organizations with services geared in particular toward lower-income people, as many of the folks who live in that area are.

She said also the proceeds of What the Food Truck will go back into the area. That money will come from the vendor fees as well as donations.

"Whatever money has been made then then goes into a community project," she said. That could be something such as a cleanup effort or new playground equipment, she said; the goal eventually is for the community to decide.

Anybody interested can follow @WTFTYork on Twitter or go to

People can also like the What the Food Truck's page on Facebook. It's the same as the old foodstruck page, so if you liked that page, you'll already like this one, too.

— Reach Sean Cotter or on Twitter at@SPCotterYD.