PHOTOS: Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest Exceeds Expectations

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Organizers were hoping to get 1,000 people out to the inaugural Irvington Avenue Food Truck & Craft Beer Fest in South Orange on Friday night.

They did better. Much, much better.

Despite being dogged by a wretched forecast and some actual showers, an estimated 2,500 people came out to Irvington Avenue for the evening festival that closed down Irvington Avenue and put 10 top food trucks on the street.

The response was so overwhelming that some of the food trucks ran out of food. The Gaslight, which supplied three craft beers, ran out of suds but quickly requisitioned more. Some of the local restaurants — open and catering to the crowds as well —  ran low on supplies.

“With the extreme success of the festival, it is obvious that the current strength and future potential of Irvington Avenue can not be denied,” said Doug Zacker, Chair of the Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee. “The tasty food trucks, diverse craft beers and Dean Shot’s wonderful blues were a great draw. Attendees also flocked to the local restaurants and businesses.”

Zacker thanked Deputy Village Administrator Adam Loehner, the Village Trustees, the South Orange Department of Public Works and the many local volunteers.

“The food trucks may now be gone, but we expect everyone to return for our great restaurants and businesses which are not going anywhere.”

Photos by Doug Zacker:

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