HAMMONTON — The group that has led the resurgence of downtown is holding its first-ever Hammonton Food Truck Festival June 12.
MainStreet Hammonton is bringing in at least 20 trucks selling “street eats” from Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as around New Jersey, said Executive Director Cassie Iacovelli.
Iacovelli said younger volunteers in town spearheaded the idea, while MainStreet committees saw it as a chance to attract big crowds and incorporate the Arts District.
The Noyes Museum on Second Street will be running a “Starving Artists Fair” during the festival, she said, selling regionally made art goods. So far 22 artists are signed up, she said.
Iacovelli has consulted with Sea Isle City, which runs its Food Truck Rally June 26-28, and a food truck festival in September.
She also has attended the festivals in Florida, where food trucks are very popular, she said.
“The way it has blown up on social media, we’re expecting a pretty good crowd,” Iacovelli said. “We’ll have the best food trucks in the area.”
Two trucks will focus on gourmet grilled cheese, and three specialize in seafood.
Hammonton’s local Tacos Al Carbon truck will be there, along with other regional favorites like Tony Boloney’s Mustache Mobile for cheesesteaks, The Cow and The Curd for “fresh-battered cheese curds,” and Di-Verge for “black and bleu fish tacos ... and brick-pressed sandwiches.”
Top Shelf Mobile Cuisine will be in a new truck, built by Hammonton’s Custom Mobile Food Equipment, serving specialties like rack of lamb crusted with herbs and spices, with garlic confit; or Himalayan salt plank seared scallop sliders, with baby arugula and peach mango salsa.
There will also be live musical entertainment.
The South Jersey cover band, Stealing Savanah, will perform a mix of rock, pop, top 40 and dance music on Central Avenue.
Live acoustic guitar music will be offered on Second Street near the Noyes Museum, and “DJ Jilly Lynn” will entertain along North Egg Harbor Road.
Annata Wine Bar on Bellevue Avenue will offer drink specials, and downtown shops and restaurants will run sales and discounts.