By: Tonya Jackson
This past Saturday was a beautiful day to hang out downtown in Ferdinand Park. It was also the day the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, “Pensacola Hot Wheels a Food Truck Festival,” was held.
This origin festival featured music by the Tallahassee-based Sarah Mac Band, a tasting contest judged by locals from Pensacola and Milton, and adult beverages provided by Gulf Coast Brewery and Hopjacks.
With attendance topping 2,000, this event was a huge success. According to Nancy Wolfe, Pensacola Habitat Director of Development and Communications, “A lot of people think Pensacola Habitat is only about building homes and affordable home ownership, but we wanted an event that would also show that we are building communities. We are a community builder. We like to bring people together to do things. This event helped us get that message out. Our attendance numbers exceeded our expectations.”
Participating food truck vendors included 3-D Burgers and Tea, Arepas by Samantha’s Gift, Beachy Barista, BellyBusters Food Wagon, Busy Bee Al Fresco, The Hip Pocket Deli, Joe’s Caribe, Jordan Valley, Nomadic Eats, and Trolley Stop Ice Cream Shoppe.
The Habitat website for this event states the proceeds, “will be used to further Pensacola Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, community, and hope.” It continues with, “Pensacola Habitat has expanded its work to include helping neighborhoods to organize and improve existing homes and neighborhoods through neighborhood revitalization efforts.”
Starting May 7th Habitat will have a home featured in the 58th Parade of Homes. This beautiful energy efficient three bedrooms, two bathroom home is located at 816 West Belmont Avenue. On June 9th at 1:00 pm they will participate in the Annual Community Summit Sustainable Communities at Gulf Power located at 1 Energy Place.
So who won the coveted “Victory Circle” award? Busy Bee Al Fresco came in third place, The Hip Pocket Deli came in second place, and the Trolley Stop Ice Cream Shoppe took home the trophy.
Look for Habitat to return next year with this community building event.
By: Tonya Jackson