Food truck festival returns Saturday

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BENNINGTON — The second annual Downtown Bennington Food Truck Festival — featuring an array of food, drink and entertainment options — will return to town this Saturday.

From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., food trucks stationed along School Street between Main and Pleasant streets will offer Mediterranean, Jamaican, Mexican, Slavonian, Thai, Mexican and other types of cuisine. Craft vendors showcasing handmade wares will set up shop at the nearby Harte lot on Main Street between Shaffe's Men's Shop and Hoisington Realty.

The Harte lot will also host children's activities, including face painting and an "art bus," and live music performed by three local bands. Beard & Glasses will kick off the event at 11 a.m., followed by Flashpoint at 2:30 p.m. and The Throwbacks at 4:30 p.m.

Madison Brewing Company will serve its Fest Bier and Harvest Pumpkin Ale at a beer tent for guests over 21 years of age.

Event co-founders and planners Sarah Perrin of Green Mountain Concessions and Betsy Greenawalt of Leap'n Cow Cafe and Frozen Yogurt said in a joint interview this week that they hope the event will draw foot traffic to downtown Bennington and inspire other people to host similar kinds of events.

Improvements for this year's event include a covered dining tent with seating and portable restrooms.

The organizers hope that the festival, which is free of charge, will draw an ample crowd. Greenawalt said that food trucks remain a "hot topic" and that passersby remarked upon posters and signs for the event as she placed them around town.

People interested in more information about the event can email bennfoodtruckfest@gmail.com.

Contact Luke Nathan at lnathan@benningtonbanner.com.

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