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'What the Food Trucks' returns to York City for Labor Day weekend

Tina Locurto
York Dispatch

More than 40 food trucks will crowd Penn Park on Sunday for a festival celebrating all things delicious.

The festival, What the Food Trucks, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 at Penn Park. 

"For those hungry eaters, it's about strategizing what food to eat," said Kate Harmon, event coordinator. "For me and the other organizers, it's about the community and about having a big community get-together."

Dough Heads' stuffed barbecue pork waffles during What the Food Trucks at Penn Park in York City, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

Harmon said no two food trucks will be alike, offering a wide range of food, such as breakfast dishes, stuffed pretzels, coffee, snow cones and more.

Admission to the festival is free, with all food and drinks available on a pay-as-you-go basis.

"We're really strategic about making sure we have a little bit of everything," Harmon said. "We're very intentional about making sure there are no duplicates."

In addition to the surplus of food trucks, a beer garden titled Treasure Island will be featured in the center of the festival. Attendees can purchase tokens in exchange for beer or locally sourced wine.

Kara Ile, of Stacey's OrangeAde during What the Food Trucks at Penn Park in York City, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

New for the festival this year will be Booze Buggies, an event that will bring a limited selection of beer and cocktail drinks right to festivalgoers. 

Staff from Revival Social Club will circle Penn Park in golf carts with different drinks to offer to attendees while they wait in line at food trucks. 

"A lot of people spend time waiting in line for food trucks," Harmon said. "If they get stuck in line, they can pick up beer from the buggies."

Those who are 21 and over and plan on drinking at What the Food Trucks must bring a valid ID and receive a wristband from Treasure Island. 

Hunter Blommel, 4, of Saratoga, New York, enjoys his Kona Ice during What the Food Trucks at Penn Park in York City, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo

A full list of food trucks and a map are available on the What the Food Trucks website

— Reach Tina Locurto at tlocurto@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at  @tina_locurto.