Tapping into good times at Sumter fairgrounds

Annual food truck, craft beer festival rolls to Sumter fairgrounds

BY ADRIENNE SARVIS
adrienne@theitem.com
Posted 3/6/18

Sumterites and food lovers from surrounding areas enjoyed a day of unique eats and drinks on Saturday during Sumter's third food truck festival, Untapped: Food Trucks and Craft Beer Festival.

"The weather is beautiful," Lynn Kennedy, city of …

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Tapping into good times at Sumter fairgrounds

Annual food truck, craft beer festival rolls to Sumter fairgrounds

About 4,000 people were expected to enjoy a variety of craft beers and food from food trucks that came as far away as Georgia and North Carolina to set up at Sumter County fairgrounds on Saturday.
About 4,000 people were expected to enjoy a variety of craft beers and food from food trucks that came as far away as Georgia and North Carolina to set up at Sumter County fairgrounds on Saturday.
ADRIENNE SARVIS / THE SUMTER ITEM
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Sumterites and food lovers from surrounding areas enjoyed a day of unique eats and drinks on Saturday during Sumter's third food truck festival, Untapped: Food Trucks and Craft Beer Festival.

"The weather is beautiful," Lynn Kennedy, city of Sumter events manager, said on Saturday. "Seems like everybody's having a great time."

About 4,000 people were expected to attend the event throughout the day to try food and drinks unique to the Sumter area.

"You name it, we've got it," Kennedy said.

With a wide variety of foods, from pizza, turkey, chicken wings, stir-fry noodles and barbecue to snow cones, there was something for everyone.

One of the biggest hits was Island Noodles, Kennedy said. The line was at least 30 people long all day, she said.

The most unique item was drinks made from and served inside fresh pineapples, she said.

Kennedy said her favorite was a Cuban sandwich, something she had never tried before Saturday.

"[I] really enjoyed it," she said, "but that's all you can eat once you eat that Cuban sandwich because it's big."

Inside the barn on the fairgrounds, visitors tasted a variety of craft brews from local and national breweries.

There truly was something for everyone.

On Saturday, Sumterites enjoyed cuisine from about 20 food trucks and vendors that traveled from various parts of the state as well as North Carolina and Georgia.

Though there may have been foods that some guests may have never thought to try before, the vendors were sure to be enjoyable because they were hand-picked by Kennedy.

It took about two years to build up a list of food trucks to bring a festival to Sumter, she said.

She said she thought it would be a good idea to bring a food truck festival to Sumter after seeing the success and popularity of food truck festivals in other areas.

The food truck festival is also a good partnership between the city and county, Kennedy said.

A veteran to bringing highly attended events to Sumter, she keeps her ideas fresh by attending multiple events each year.

"I try to go to at least 20 festivals a year," Kennedy said.

Sumter's first food truck festival was held last March when about 3,500 people came out to enjoy the good eats. A second festival was held last November.