GREENWICH — The Washington County Fair will host the Fantastic Food Truck Corral allowing the community to enjoy fair food in the comfort of their own home.
Rebecca Breese, co-manager at the fair, said at this point, the status of 2020 fairs is still in limbo, and she wanted a way to support vendors in the area. For a lot of the vendors their entire calendar of events has been cancelled until August.
“The Food Truck Corral is a great option. We have the food vendors, we know how to work with food vendors and we have all this space,” Breese said. “For the last couple years, we have been talking about the food truck route. Food trucks are very popular now and people love it.”
However, COVID-19 struck the community and the idea was placed on hold until a few food vendors reached out to Breese.
“We are really excited. The response has been amazing from the community and we are really grateful. We really hope that people will come out and safely support these food vendors,” Breese said.
The Food Truck Corral will begin this Friday, June 12 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Breese said they would start out small with only a few vendors selling food. They wanted to ensure that everyone is comfortable being at the corrall with masks on along with social distancing guidelines and protocols in place. Breese said they hope to hold the corral into July.
“It’s a different kind of atmosphere for us but it still is a way to support our community and give people something to look forward to. I think right now there may not be a lot of that around unfortunately,” Breese said.
The corral will offer multiple ways to purchase and pick-up food. Community members can pre-order online as every Monday, Breese and her team will post the pre-order links. Orders can then be picked up curbside through contactless curbside pickup or customers can walk up to the vendor and pick up their order from the truck. The same options are available for day-of orders. To ensure safety and comfort, orders must be taken home and cannot be consumed on the fairgrounds.
“However, that’s the beauty of it. You can go home and enjoy fair food in the comfort of your own home,” Breese said.
The vendors featured this week include Coffee And, Miller’s Backyard BBQ, Giovanni Fresco, Slavonian European Café and Reggis Veggies. Coffee And will offer ice cream cookie sandwiches, baked by the owner who has then teamed up with Adirondack Creamery for the ice cream filling. They will also be making coffee floats featuring Adirondack Creamery and coffee from Iron Coffee located in Hoosick Falls.
“It’s a great way that local businesses can partner together to help each other,” Breese said.
Giovanni Fresco will be making fresh pasta that they roll out in front of customers along with additional Italian food classics.
The biggest way the community can give help is by ordering food and sharing with their friends and family. That supports these businesses,” Breese said. “A common misconception when you talk about fairs is people don’t realize what kind of an economic impact that fairs have on their whole community. Not just the gas stations or the local food markets…for these vendors this is their life. It’s a full time job.”
Breese added: “I just want to thank our community for supporting us in this venture so far. We hope to continue this for years to come. This is a bright spot in the pandemic and hopefully something fun comes out of it.”