ALTON — Kenny and Erica Tourville celebrated their eighth wedding anniversary Saturday. Their romantic dinner — Korean tacos at Seoul Taco, one of virtually two dozen meal vans at the annual Alton Food Truck Festival at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
The annual occasion, backed via Sauce Magazine, added hundreds of people down for meals, amusement, and a risk to get out.
“We noticed an ad on Facebook for Seoul Taco,” Kenny Tourville said. “I’ve constantly heard appropriate matters, but the photograph they posted appears scrumptious.”
He additionally deliberately hit a stand making fries.
“We just love food,” Erica Tourville said. “The tacos did it for me because that’s my favored food.”
She was additionally eyeing a truck specializing in baked goods.
Kenny Tourville had one regret.
“I want I’d have were given more than one taco,” he stated, looking on the lengthy line.
This is the competition’s 5th year.
“It’s extremely famous,” stated Dan Herkert, a member of the Alton Amphitheater Commission.
“The first year we did it, we had no expectations, and we form of were given stuck with our pants down,” he added, regarding very long strains and some vehicles strolling out of meals.
“The last few years, we’ve averaged four,000 to 5,000 humans,” he stated, “and with this weather, we can also hit 6,000.”
The temperatures had been in the high 70s to low 80s Saturday with a moderate breeze, something several human beings commented on.
“I’m on pita obligation,” stated Joe Chapo of Go Gyro Go. “Luckily, today’s a stunning day. When it’s ninety-five ranges, it’s difficult.”
Talking simply earlier than the occasion’s commencing, he stated Go Gyro Go planned to serve 500 to six hundred meals on Saturday.
Many of the food trucks already had strains when they started out promoting at four p.M.
Bill Terry and his wife, Carlo, of Alton, have been the first in line at Buzz’s Hawaiian Grill. They stated they got there about 25 mins earlier than the start and had come especially for that stand.
“We lived in Hawaii, and we noticed it on the net, so here we are,” he stated. “We want to participate in matters happening in Alton.”
Once the trucks commenced promoting, it became common to peer a person in one line, consuming every other truck’s meals. Aubrey Cloninger was one of them.
“That’s how I do it,” she said. “You get to attempt a bunch of recent things.”
On her list were brisket mac n’ cheese, fried street corn, fried green tomatoes, and peach cobbler — in addition to what she became already consuming.
“I’m going domestic to visit bed after this,” she stated.
She stated she came to the food truck festival to see what changed into to be had.
“I work in downtown St. Louis, and these kinds of vehicles are available,” Cloninger said. “I need to peer wherein they’re and the entirety so I can observe them if I want to get more of it.”
She changed into in line at Truck Norris, adding she saw it in St. Charles the day before.
Jarrett Hickman, of Alton, also become consuming in line at Truck Norris.
“My wife and I commonly attend food truck matters in this vicinity. We similar to collect as a great deal food as feasible,” he said. “I think it’s just able to get out of the residence and revel in the day with the youngsters and consume new meals.”
Some of the providers said the occasion is “a number of a laugh.” Vincent Marsden, a proprietor of Vincent Van Doughnut, stated he enjoys the annual Alton occasion.
“There are such a lot of exact vehicles in St. Louis that make their manner into the Alton region for those types of activities,” he said. “We likely do about 15 (fairs) 12 months.”
Because they have two brick-and-mortar shops, Marsden said they are restrained within the range of events they attend. Unlike a lot of Saturday’s trucks, they had been simplest selling, not making, food.
“With the fryers and the yeast, it might be tough,” he said.
Herkert stated it took plenty of greater paintings to get ready for this year’s occasion after the flooding alongside the riverfront.
“This has changed loads in beyond month,” he said. “Where we’re standing proper now had about 3 or 4 feet of water.”
He praised Alton’s metropolis and its workforce for the work they installed to get the amphitheater lower back in form after the flood.
“The town came collectively and hustled and labored their tail off, so we didn’t lose any extra occasions or had to pass any greater events,” he stated. “We are complete speed ahead.”