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Spring Training Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at JetBlue Park Saturday

By Staff | Mar 20, 2015

The first Spring Training Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will take place this weekend.

Hosted by Food Trucks Festivals of America, the event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at JetBlue Park, with a VIP hour from 11 a.m. to noon. Attendees will get to patron nearly 20 trucks.

“We try to have a taste of many cuisines,” Janet Prensky, a festival spokeswoman, said.

There will be barbecue and ice cream, Asian and crepes, quesadillas, Cuban, pizza and more.

“There will be something for everyone,” she said.

All of the trucks are based in Florida, coming from Naples, Fort Myers, Cape Coral and even Miami.

“We usually draw within a two-hour radius of the festival,” Prensky said.

People can watch their food being made and talk to the chefs.

“It’s really gourmet food,” Prensky said. “It is custom-made when you get there.”

The dishes will range from regular-sized entrees, to samplings available for a few bucks.

“Graze the festival so you can try a lot of trucks,” she said. “You have options.”

As the beer sponsor, Samuel Adams will offer several craft selections.

“We’ll have live music,” Prensky said. “There’ll be a variety of local artists.”

Call Me Cavalie, a cover band, will perform from noon to 1 p.m., followed by the country band Strong Side Draw from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Nashville artist Josh Dorr will take the stage from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

There will also be free face painting available for the children.

Attendees are invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

“They can bring anything to sit on that they would like to,” she said.

A large tent will be set up to provide shade from the sun.

Prensky explained that Food Trucks Festivals of America has organized 25 food truck festivals throughout the New England area. Based out of Boston, the company wanted to expand.

“This is our first food truck festival we’ve done outside of New England,” she said.

Organizers are estimating a turnout of about 4,000.

“We hope to do it annually in Fort Myers,” Prensky said.

General admission tickets cost $5 per person; children under the age of 12 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for cash, or in advance online at: www.foodtruckfestivalsofamerica.com.

Tickets are also available for the VIP hour for $20. The cost includes entry into the VIP hour, free unlimited non-alcoholic beverages, a dessert and a Food Truck Festivals of America coozie.

“People like to come early, avoid lines,” she said. “That’s your opportunity.”

Parking at JetBlue Park will be $5 per vehicle.

“It’s very unusual to get 20 trucks in one place at one time,” Prensky said. “It really is a lot of fun.”

For more on the Spring Training Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, visit the website.

JetBlue Park is at 11500 Fenway South Drive in Fort Myers.