By JOSH TUDELA
Back for the third year and bigger than ever, local residents are invited to take part in the Halloween Food Truck Festival in support of Variety Village in southwest Scarborough this coming weekend.
The annual event will feature more than a dozen food trucks from all over the GTA set up in the parking lot of Variety Village, 3701 Danforth Ave. Times for the festival will be Saturday Oct. 28, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is billed as a family friendly and accessible Halloween celebration, requiring a $10 donation per person or $20 per family.
The festival encourages local families to participate in the fun with activities for everyone. Features such as the kids corner and the costume competition for the little ones, a vendors market and raffles, craft beer and live entertainment are planned.
A few of the highlights of last year’s festival will also be returning. These include an Open House at Variety Village for those interested in touring the facility and/or checking out the variety of programs offered. Also, Saulter Street Brewing and Great Lakes Brewing are back for their second year providing craft beer for the festival.
A new feature for this year’s festival will be a Halloween-themed movie screening after dark in the courtyard of Variety Village on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.
Some performers will also be back from last year including Josh Taerk and Kayar Live. New performers for this year’s festival include Dr. Draw and the Strange Parade.
The festival will offer alternative food choices such as vegan, vegetarian, halal and gluten-free food items.
Food trucks to take part in the festival will include 6Spicerack; Cheeseheadz; Esau; Parrilla BBQ; Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream; HK Food Station; Jerk Brothers; Mustache Burger; Philthy Phillys; Poutine & More, and Texas Tornado.
Halloween costumes are encouraged, and a costume competition will be held with a prize for the winner.
For more information, please visit https://varietyontario.ca/halloweenfoodtruckfestival/