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The chatter coming from people waiting in lines Tuesday, Feb. 20, was that they thought food trucks only happened in big cities. Well move over, New York, Palm Coast is now home to Food Truck Tuesdays.
With an estimated 2,000 people in attendance, the first food truck event, held by the city of Palm Coast, was more than city officials hoped for.
“I was very impressed at how the community embraced it,” said Lisa Gardner, events coordinator for the city.
While strolling around the lake at Town Center, the wafting aromas changed drastically from smoked barbecue to freshly brewed coffee. Eleven food trucks, ranging from Mexican cuisine to beer and wine, invaded Central Park for the event, which doubled as a fundraiser for Flagler Schools.
With a portion of sales donated from each truck and a 50/50 drawing, the event raised about to $1,500 for the schools, which will be put toward the homeless education program and mentoring programs.
“Not every event truly needs to make money for the city, and this was one that I thought we can give back,” Gardner said. “I try to look for where the community has a need, and I know that the schools always seem to have a deficit.”
The evening also offered music and entertainment by Beach 92.7 FM and a car show presented by collectable car owners.
Flagler Schools Project Coordinator Sabrina Crosby said the event is just one example of how the government entities in Flagler County work together.
“You don’t see that everywhere,” she said. “It seems like Flagler really excels in that area.”
The next Food Truck Tuesday is planned for March 19, and will also serve as a fundraiser for Flagler Schools.
“There are so many different areas in the schools that need help, it makes sense right now,” Gardner said.