Park your appetite at Sumter's Untapped food truck, craft beer fest

Event returns March 3

By Kayla Robins
kayla@theitem.com
Posted 2/18/18

For anyone who hates delicious, made-to-order food of myriad cuisines and does not like refreshing, locally brewed craft beer, read no further.

For the rest of us, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3, and prepare your palate for the …

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Park your appetite at Sumter's Untapped food truck, craft beer fest

Event returns March 3

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For anyone who hates delicious, made-to-order food of myriad cuisines and does not like refreshing, locally brewed craft beer, read no further.

For the rest of us, mark your calendar for Saturday, March 3, and prepare your palate for the Untapped: Food Trucks and Craft Beer Festival to roll into the Sumter County Fairgrounds.

"Come with friends, because it's a whole meal," said Lynn Kennedy, events manager for the city of Sumter and chair of Sumter Green, the nonprofit that runs the festival as a fundraiser for its beautification projects and other green initiatives.

About 20 food trucks from South Carolina, Savannah, Charlotte and Georgia will park at the fairgrounds and serve up everything from barbecue and nachos to Cuban sandwiches, gyros, seafood, tacos and Asian noodles from noon to 7 p.m.

Tickets to get in are $5 if bought in advance and $10 at the gate. That money goes toward Sumter Green, and sales from food go to the individual food trucks.

Kennedy said there will be a DJ and plenty of places to sit. The event, which will be the third such go-around and is sponsored by FTC and Mid Carolina Beverage LLC, is family-friendly.

The first two festivals were held last March and November, and after a lower turnout for the second event was attributed to residents' prioritizing football season, the festival is now an annual spring event, Kennedy said.

"We're hoping 3,500 [people come out]," Kennedy said. "We have a fall feast, but last year this was the biggest [Sumter Green event and fundraiser]. We're fortunate to live in a town that support Sumter Green."

While the food trucks will be parked all day, a major draw to the event in the first two was the beer tasting that will be in the barn from 3 to 6 p.m., where those who buy a special ticket can enjoy unlimited 2-ounce pours of local, regional and national craft brews.

Matthew Morse, webmaster for the city, said breweries will include RJ Rockers Brewing Company from Spartanburg, Local Motive Brewing from Florence, Rogue Ales from Oregon, Boulavard Brewing Company from Kansas City, Missouri, Catawba Brewing Co. from Morgantown, North Carolina, Highland Brewing Company from Asheville, North Carolina, Thomas Creek Brewery from Greenville and Southern Barrel Brewing Co. from Bluffton.

Tickets for the unlimited beer tasting are $30 in advance and $40 at the gate.

Bringing your own chair is allowed, but coolers and pets are not.