KITSAP CENTRAL – As Jennie Falco and Kristopher Jones enjoyed their drinks Saturday afternoon, Falco joked that the two had come to Kitsap County Fairs wearing leggings.
“It’s the way to go today,” Jones said, standing in the beer garden at NW Food Truck Fest, a new event that drew hordes of hungry food seekers to the fairgrounds throughout Saturday.
“We are edible,” Falco said. “What better idea for a festival than to walk and eat all day?”
Trucks and food vendors settled on a lawn at fairs and offered a range of offerings like donuts, elephant ears, barbecue, shaved ice, pupusas, burgers and more. Local favorites like The Smoking Asian, Sauced and The Smokin ‘Robinsons baked the dishes as fast as they could for long lines of waiting customers.
“I was really excited to see so many people and do things,” Jones said. “At first there’s a bit of hesitation, because of what we’ve all been through this past year, but at the same time, it’s good to just be able to relax and enjoy without panic.”
In the middle of the day, Sunny Saunders organizer Sunny Jack Events estimated that about 4,000 people would attend the festival, noting that $ 2 from each ticket would go to Kitsap Central Food Bank. At times, the event had to stop entries due to attendance printing, and eventually ticket sales were sold out.
“About a year and a half ago I just decided if I’m passionate about it and I love it and I think it ‘s a good idea, I’ll just do it and the money will come, they’ll pay for themselves,” Saunders said. said “I had this idea years ago and I was finally able to say, ‘Okay, I’ll come in.'”
Saunders said she was planning to make the festival an annual event and hoped to increase it next year to have a bigger footprint over the two days.
By mid-afternoon, Amola, who serves Asian and Indonesian food from a commercial kitchen in Bremerton, was sold, with plans to have more offers ready for a dinner crowd, said Sherly Pantouw-Jones, one of the owners restaurants.
“The community has been so supportive,” she said. “We have been very blessed.”
Brothers Larry and Jim Pomeroy, while waiting to buy a cheese sandwich and a lap, planned to graze during the afternoon and listen to live festival music.
“I think these people have been collaborating for a long time, here’s a chance to get away,” Jim said of the packed event.
“I hope (the food is) still there when we get there,” he said as the two stood in line.
Nathan Pilling is a reporter covering Bainbridge Island, North Kitsap and Washington State Ferries for Kitsap Sun. It can be reached at 360-792-5242, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @KSNatePilling.
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