15000 expected at end of summer “What the Food Truck” Festival in York, Pa

Thousands of people will pack Penn Park this weekend, grasping the last gasps of summer with help from What the Food Trucks.

The festival, which started last year and took the place of Foodstruck, brings 42 food trucks and several music performers to the downtown York park.

What the Food Trucks 2016 saw 13,000 people pack into the park, and more are expected this year.

Here is the skinny on this year’s What the Food Trucks, including which food trucks will attend. Make a plan before you go!

Ann Kent, of Lebanon, reaches into the Airstream trailer of Sven’s Cafe for a pork carnitas. Sven’s is one of several trucks returning to What the Food Trucks this year.
Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record/Sunday News

The details

Where: Penn Park, 100 W. College Ave., York

When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday

Cost: Admission into the park is free, and you pay for your food at the truck.

Treasure Island VIP tickets, which give you four beer tokens plus a souvenir glass, are $20 and available to purchase online before the event only.

Parking: Complimentary shuttles will run from York College’s Rail Trail parking lot at Grantley Road and West Campus Drive, and the Susquehanna Commerce Center at 221 W. Philadelphia St. Shuttles run from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Parking throughout the city in garages and at meters is free on Sunday.

More information: www.whatthefoodtrucks.com

More: Love the food at the York Fair? Here’s a foodie’s guide to this year’s event

The free ice cream

Neighborhood children and teenagers who help pick up one bag of trash on Saturday will be given a ticket for one free ice cream. Those picking up two bags will receive two tickets. Trash pickup will begin on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Sweet Willows Creamery Homemade Ice cream truck will arrive at 4 p.m. to collect those tickets, or save it for Sunday during the festival.

An American Adjunct IPA from Collusion Tap Works in York called “Give Corn a Chance.”
Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record

The beer

The following breweries and beers will be served during the festival:

  • Collusion Tap Works
  • Crystal Ball Brewing Company
  • South County Brewing Company
  • Wyndridge Farm
  • Aldus Brewing Company American Blonde Ale
  • Blue Point Brewing Company Toasted Lager
  • Lancaster Brewing Company Blue Trail shandy
  • Shocktop Belgian White
  • Spring House Brewing Company She Monster mango IPA
  • Yuengling Lager
  • Natural Light

Related: Meet Hamir Patel, the chef behind York’s Indian Fusion

The music

Entertainment starts at 11 a.m. and the last performance starts at 4:30 p.m. Ian Carroll will perform around the splash pad and the Community Corner. Those taking the main stage are as follows:

  • 11 a.m. – Port Ellis
  • 12 p.m. – Suzi Brown
  • 1:30 p.m. – Nathan Miller
  • 3 p.m. – Devix
  • 4:30 p.m. – The Ok-Ok’s

The trucks

Sunday’s festival featured 42 food trucks stationed around the edge of the park, including 13 new trucks.

  • The Green Bowl, Baltimore
  • Crossroads Bistro, Baltimore
  • The Roaming Raven, Delaware
  • Sugar Whipped, Ephrata
  • Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels, Hamburg
  • Surf Turf Truck, New Jersey
  • MAD Sandwiches, Harrisburg
  • Gourmand, Lancaster
  • Lancaster Cupcake, Lancaster
  • Rocky’s BBQ, Lancaster
  • Dough Heads Waffles, Lancaster
  • Sven’s Café, Lancaster
  • Lancaster BRGR, Lancaster
  • Vie Vie’s Gourmet Reubens, Lancaster
  • Scoops and Lil Scoops, Lancaster
  • Mad Dash Concessions, Lewisberry
  • Lickity Split, New Holland
  • Kona Ice, New Oxford
  • The Perk Up Truck, Topton
  • Savory’s Pumpkin Funnel Cakes, York
  • Smoothie King, York
  • Bricker’s, York
  • Here We Dough, York
  • Flying Deutschman, Media
  • Mr. Bill’s Quality Seafood, Dallastown
  • The Cow & the Curd, Philadelphia
  • Forno Bova, York
  • Sweet Willows Creamery, York
  • Roosevelt Tavern, York

The new trucks

  • Wow Wagon, Gilbertsville
  • Potato Coop, Harrisburg
  • Hen House BBQ, New Holland
  • The Tot Cart, Philadelphia
  • Dia Doce, West Chester
  • Taco Bus, York
  • Gary’s Pig Roast, Fayetteville
  • Roost Uncommon Kitchen, Lancaster
  • The Dog House Grill, York
  • DanJo’s Kettle Korn, York
  • Upohar, Lancaster
  • Munchie Monsters Grill and Catering, Spring Grove
  • The SteakOut, York

Anthony J. Machcinski is the food reporter for the York Daily Record. Follow him on Facebook, @ChinskiTweets on Twitter or email him at amachcinski@ydr.com.

A map of Penn Park and where certain trucks will be stationed during What the Food Trucks 2017.
Photo courtesy What the Food Trucks
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