September 18th, 2019

Street Eats fest whets the appetite

By Bobinec, Greg on June 17, 2019.

Herald photo by Greg Bobinec
Food truck workers served large crowds looking to try new foods at the fourth annual Street Eats Festival, Saturday afternoon at the Enmax Centre. @GBobinecHerald

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

Lethbridge residents got their food cravings filled this weekend at the fourth annual Street Eats Festival on Saturday, at the Enmax Centre.

This year’s festival served up food from 24 unique food truck vendors from various locations across western Canada. Hundreds of people throughout the day made their way to the Enmax Centre to fill up on food and enjoy the wide range of activities. New to this year’s event was the kids zone and some new live entertainment. This was also the first year the festival was used as a fundraiser.

“Today is our Street Eats Festival, and it is presented by Alberta Blue Cross and Silverberg Group, and we have around 24 food trucks, we have every kind of food you could imagine and we have a kids’ zone,” says Michelle Gallucci, director of advancement and communications for Lethbridge Family Services.

“This is the fourth year, but this is our first year being here because the Enmax Centre decided they wanted to give the event to a charity and we got involved. What we wanted to do was provide a family experience for free for children with a bunch of different activities.”

Throughout the day, Lethbridge Family Services and the Alberta Blue Cross Street Team had a variety of different draws and activities that people could participate in, along with helping to fund the DaCapo Disability Accessibility Project. The funds raised from the event will help support their programs and clients, but also is being used to renovate the kitchen where their clients bake goods for the volunteers that help them.

“Our purpose today is to have some fun with families because the dollars that we raise through this event is going towards DaCapo disability accessibility project,” says Gallucci. “DaCapo has been in their building for 30 years and lots has happened since then, for instance wheel chairs have gotten bigger because they maneuver better and we don’t quite have some fairs to accommodate those wheelchairs.”

Whether it was going out on a Saturday afternoon to try some new foods for supper with the family, or to take in some of the activities and support the cause, the Street Eats Festival continues to grow and involve more of the community with their community loved event.

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