Big Brothers Big Sisters’ fourth annual downtown food truck picnic drew a crowd of more than 4,000 people this year on Sunday alone says communications coordinator Ashley Maginnis at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.
The picnic began at 10 a.m. and lines for food trucks started forming at noon. The sun shone and families sat on their picnic blankets as they enjoyed their food as the event continued to draw a crowd till 7:30 p.m. when it closed.
“We’re expecting a lot of business,” said Csilla Bajari from Sweet Temptations Cupcakery Truck.
“I know all the trucks have been personally promoting it on their Instagram, on their social media. We're anticipating it to be a fairly large event so we’re definitely really excited.”
Trucks lined up along Exhibition Street ready to serve a crowd that had plenty of options to choose from with 12 food trucks including Sweet Temptations Cupcakery, Eating Clouds, Ish and Chips, Giordano’s Kitchen Co., Pierogi Pigs, El Milagro, The Frying Dutchman, Breakfast Blues and BBQs, Fo’ Cheezy, Schmuck Truck, The Wild Boar and Jashan-e-Dawat
“I’m happy with it. There’s a lot of food trucks. A lot of decisions,” said Krystal Hamilton, an excited first-time attendee ready to try different options.
The event had other engaging activities for all ages with vendors such as Guelph Public Library
Canadian Blood Services, Guelph Family Martial Arts, Laza Food and Beverages, Guelph Nighthawks, Clean Slate Art Gallery, LoyaltyFunding, Coworking Parent Studio, Kultivar and Co., Cleo The Clown and Her Painting Pals and the Guelph Water Wagon.
“We wanted to be able to create an environment where people were going to not just be able to grab food but actually sit down and enjoy a day with their family so we tried to provide them with different activities on picnic tables where families are able to entertain their kids with skipping ropes and frisbees, said Maginnis.
Ten per cent of all proceeds from each vendor will do directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.
Proceeds of this annual event help over 700 children in the Guelph Area through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph organization.
“Overall, It's just been a really great atmosphere for families,” said Maginnis.