By Erin McCracken | Flip Side PA
Food fans waited six months for the second Foodstruck York event.
And when Friday came, they waited some more.
Lines stretched out from nearly all of the trucks and carts parked on North Pershing Avenue. Visitors crowded the streets before the 5 p.m. start time. The number grew to 3,413 in the first hour. Despite light rain during the event, the count swelled to 8,579 by the end.
Alexis Petrovich and Mark Hammonds, both of York, craved lobster rolls. So did more than 50 people in front of them in line.
Petrovich said they staked out menus online before the event.
“We committed to waiting in line,” she added.
Jackie Sprout of Mount Wolf waited for 30 minutes to bite into a lobster roll — filled with seafood, kale, mango and jalapenos. Around 5:30 p.m., she declared it spicy, but good.
“It was first on her list,” said her niece Ronda Chasteen of New Cumberland.
Lobster rolls, made by Surf and Turf Truck from Philadelphia, were a new item at Foodstruck.
During the first event in October, about 1,700 people braved torrential rain to sample food from 15 trucks. The number of trucks nearly doubled Friday.
“We expanded our geographic reach for the event,” said Meagan Feeser, one for the event’s organizers. Vehicles drove from Pittsburgh and Baltimore.
Feeser said organizers expected about 500 people in October and many trucks couldn’t keep up with triple the demand.
“We’ve definitely taken great pains to prepare trucks,” she said, adding that organizers were expecting 5,000 Friday. Truck operators were told to expect to be at capacity for four hours.
By around 6 p.m. Katie and Mike Meyer of Uncle Paul’s Stuffed Pretzels had been in constant motion for about two hours.
Mike had 15 pretzels in the oven and several timers stuck to a shelf. Katie rolled out the fresh dough and sprinkled on ingredients — chicken, bacon and cheese were popular — as fast as she could.
In addition to lobster rolls and stuffed pretzels, visitor filled their bellies with empanadas, pork buns, wood-fired pizza, grilled cheese and smothered fries.
Steve Forbes ordered a bacon milkshake from Scoops Ice Cream & Grille. After the first sip, he said he liked it, especially the bits of bacon.
His friend Alek DeShong opted for a vanilla shake.
“I like it normal and plain,” he said. “I’ve got way more to eat.”
Food lovers might not have to wait that long for a possible Foodstruck III.
“We are definitely looking at the fall,” Feeser said. “We wanted to wait and see the response before we did another. We are looking … to grow it. We are learning with each event.”
Contact Erin McCracken at 717-771-2051.
The Legion of Eats: Unmasked
Foodstruck York organizers and locals began seeing tweets from The Legion of Eats about a week ago.
The identity of the tweeters was a mystery — even to Foodstruck York organizers — until Friday.
Doug Knight of Downtown Inc and Korey Warner donned masks and yellow capes to attend the event.
“We watch too many Marvel movies,” Warner, aka Grub Girl, said with a laugh. She said that she made the capes — complete with the Legion’s logo — in less than two days.
“We fight for truth, justice and good eats,” Knight, aka Captain Cuisine, said. “All of our friends had no idea who we were (on Twitter).”
The Legion of Eats had more members at Foodstruck. But the pair decided not to use any special powers to get food faster.
“We will stand in line,” Knight said.