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West Virginia Food Truck Festival to spice up Main Street on Saturday

April 13, 2018

HURRICANE — The West Virginia Food Truck Festival is rolling into Hurricane this weekend.

This year marks the second year for the event, which will take place on Main Street in Hurricane on Saturday, April 14.

The event was previously held at Valley Park, but had to be moved to downtown Hurricane due to the renovations at the park.

“We are hopeful this event brings new people to Putnam County, and that the businesses along Main Street benefit from the additional traffic to town for the festival,” said Kelli Dailey, director of the Putnam County Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is one of the organizations hosting the event.

“Because of the change in location, guests will have the opportunity to leave and return to the festival and enjoy all the shops along Main Street in Hurricane. This way, they can explore the boutiques, stop in at Books and Brews or Hidden Creek Mercantile for beer or wine and then return to the festival for more food, dessert or to enjoy the music,” she said.

Some of the state’s most popular food trucks will be on deck, including Bridge Road Bistro, Island Teriyaki, Diehl’s Pig Shack, Gritt’s Gourmet, Belknap Dough Company, Mountain Que, Hash Browns and New Grounds, and Kona Ice, among others.

An adult ticket to the festival includes three food samples. All ticket holders will be given access to all of the food trucks.

As an effort to keep the event affordable for families, organizers said all food items sold at each truck will cost no more than $5. A ticket to the festival also grants participants access to the concerts and a Frisbee plate.

The event begins at noon Saturday, with the first concert kicking off at 12:15 p.m. with a performance by The Settlement. That High Country Revival will take the stage at 1:30 p.m., Fletcher’s Grove is set to perform at 2:45, Tony Harrah & the Fly-Over States will take the stage at 4 p.m. and the duo Key to Adam will be playing between each set.

“The food trucks keep all items at $5 or less as part of the festival agreement, so guests have the opportunity to try new things without spending a fortune. And we work hard to book a variety of musical acts, so that is a big attraction, too. With festivals like this becoming more common in our region, we wanted to host a signature event in Putnam County that showcases some of our local music and food, and also brings folks in from across the state and region,” Dailey said.

The West Virginia Food Truck Festival will be held rain or shine. General seating areas and picnic tables will be available, but organizers said they strongly suggest attendees to bring camping chairs and blankets of their own.

“I think people like that at the Food Truck Festival you can try food from multiple trucks in one location — because it is a food truck festival and not a festival that happens to have a few food trucks, it attracts folks who like to try multiple cuisines and flavors,” Dailey said.

Tickets can be purchased at the entrance, which is next to Hidden Creek Mercantile on Main Street, or in advance online. Parking areas will be clearly designated, and advanced ticket holders will be emailed parking information this week.

Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found online at www.wvfoodtruckfes-tival.com.