By Allen Jones | Chron.com
Promoters of this year’s West Houston Food Truck Festival are promising it will be bigger and better than ever.
A collection of 13 food trucks will be on-site at Temple Sinai, 13875 Brimhurst Drive, from 12-4 p.m. April 19.
The number of food trucks at the annual event has increased since the event was established three years ago, said Irv Berger, who is helping to publicize this year’s festival.
The trucks will offer waffles, hamburgers, sandwiches, wraps, grilled foods and deserts. Beer and wine beverages also will be for sale, in addition to soft drinks and water. Typical food costs depend on the vendor, Berger said.
In addition to food and drinks, music will be performed by three bands: Xuan Songz, Rod Branch and Righteous Cause. There also will be children’s activities including face painting and a bounce house with a slide.
Every year, Berger said the number of attendees has increased. The first year, just under 1,000 people attended the food truck festival.
“We want people to come out and have a good time,” Berger said.
Admission to the festival is $8 per person. Children under the age of 12 may attend the festival for free. Tickets are available the day of the event at the festival. Cash, credit cards, and debit cards will be accepted. Once inside the festival grounds, food and beverage purchases are separate.
The annual event is hosted by the Temple Sinai Brotherhood, an auxiliary group of the synagogue, as a fundraiser for the Reform Jewish Synagogue and for the nonprofit Houston Food Bank, a hunger relief agency.
“The brotherhood is a men’s group that sponsors and promotes community-building projects,” Berger said. “The members celebrate their male Jewish spirit.”
The brotherhood’s members are hoping to raise $1,500 to $1,600 this year, he added. The event raised approximately $1,200 last year.
“The Houston Food Bank is very grateful for the generosity and enthusiasm of community partners like the Temple Sinai Brotherhood who host creative events to raise fund for our hunger relief programs,” said Heather Icenogle, director of annual giving and events for the Houston Food Bank.
“Events like this one provide critical funds with minimal staff involvement, which truly maximizes the impact we can have on our hungry neighbors with their donation.”
The Houston Food Bank estimates that funds raised by Temple Sinai Brotherhood’s past two festival helped provide more than 3,600 meals.
From the food bank’s warehouse at 535 Portwall St., the nonprofit distributes food to its partner hunger relief agencies.
The Houston Food Bank serves church and community food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless and abused, and meal sites for children and the elderly.
On a typical day in the 18 Southeast Texas counties served by the Houston Food Bank, Icenogle said 66,000 people are hungry and cannot afford to purchase food.
“Of that number, 5,000 are children,” she said. “With the support of the community and partner agencies the Houston Food Bank serves 800,000 people annually.”
To learn more about the food bank and its hunger relief programs, visit www.houstonfoodbank.org.
To learn more about the upcoming West Houston Food Truck Festival, visit www.westhoustonfoodtruckfestival.com, follow the festival on Facebook, or call Temple Sinai at 281-496-5950.