Food trucks drive in

Published 8:00 pm Tuesday, August 25, 2015

By Alyssa Esposito

Staff Writer

The smells of food from a variety of food truck vendors filled the air of Chesapeake Square Mall’s parking lot on Friday at their first food truck extravaganza.

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“Eat the Streets 757” was an event in which family and friends could enjoy an evening eating some appetizing food, listening to live music, and allowing their children to play.

“We’ve had a good time. My daughter has had a good time walking around, and the food’s been good,” Rebecca Crocker said. She came out after learning about the event on Facebook.

A variety of food trucks, including Twisted Sister, Malbons BBQ, Sofrito and Lucky Peach, set up in the parking lot of the Chesapeake mall and awaited the crowd of customers. Long lines formed, and eventually vendors began to run out of some items, making it clear this event was a success.

Food-truck dishes included soft tacos, barbeque sandwiches, gyros, cupcakes and more.

“It’s really nice. It’s nice to have something different to do around here,” attendee Lauren Lawless said.

Throughout the evening, attendees and their children got their faces painted at the YMCA booth, played on the bounce houses, learned about local organizations for children and enjoyed the variety of food available.

A number of local organizations — Sylvan Learning Center, Master Hwang’s Tae Kwan Doe, Engineering for Kids and Kidgits — hosted informational tables.

Local musician Tyler Layne contributed to the entertainment with covers of popular songs, as well as some of his own original material.