The profit is still being tallied, but organizers of Foodstruck in York are calling their third event a success.
The gathering of 50 trucks, plus dozens of craft beers, in Penn Park on Sunday cost roughly $20,000 to put on, said Philip Given, one of the event organizers. There are still a few expenses outstanding, the expenses permits, police coverage, trash, tent rentals, table rentals, facility rentals, way finding, signs, advertising, beer and associated supplies, he said.
Any profits will go back into future events, he said.
The cost estimate doesn’t factor in the time spent by the organizers, a group of about 10 friends whose goal is to highlight the good things about York, thus drawing in more visitors — and businesses and cash — to the city. The event was sponsored by York Property Management Group, and dozens of volunteers assisted, Given said.
The trucks came not only from Central Pennsylvania, but also from the Philadelphia and Baltimore areas. Event-goers came from the York area, but also Harrisburg, Lancaster, Mechanicsburg, Baltimore, Carlisle, Philadelphia and even Atlanta, according to the event’s Facebook page.
The previous Foodstruck events were held on Pershing Avenue in downtown. But because this past weekend’s event was nearly double the last one, the organizers moved it to Penn Park. The first Foodstruck event was held in October with 14 trucks and drew about 1,700 people, Given said. The second was held in April with 27 trucks and it drew about 8,600 people.
“At the end of all tallying, we will donate $3,000 to area nonprofits, including $1,000 to Bring on Play — the group responsible for the work being done on the playgrounds at Penn Park,” Given said. “We’re pretty excited about that one.”