‘Food Truck Festival’ opens at old carnival grounds in Tiyan

The "Food Truck Festival" operated for the first time on Wednesday night and it went smoothly. (PNC photo)

Island residents have a new place to grab a bite at the old carnival grounds in Tiyan.

The “Food Truck Festival” operated for the first time on Wednesday night and it went smoothly.

It was organized by the Barrigada Mayor’s Office to assist village residents in having a variety of options for dinner closer to home and help food truck businesses that were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Barrigada Mayor June U. Blas says that this was in the works for a little before a year ago. But due to the pandemic, plans were put to a halt.

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Blas said: “As Governor Lou Leon Guerrero signed the most recent executive order to move Guam to PCOR3, we felt it was the right time to move forward with putting food trucks together in Tiyan.”

She says no complaints or any signs of violations were reported.

“I was there. We were there. When families are together, they are socially distanced from other patrons. Other than that, it was great. The food truck vendors ran out of food by 7:30 pm,” Blas said.

Meanwhile, Ike Evangelista, the owner of Kettle Corn, says that the “Food Truck Festival” in Tiyan is a great assistance to his business.

The Yigo resident says his company was severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Evangelista says his business is profiting a lot more now that restrictions are being eased.

Aside from being at the Food Truck Festival in Tiyan, he is also at the Dededo Co-operative for “Food Truck Tuesdays” and at Skinner Plaza on Thursdays.

Dededo Residents Charisse Mesa and Alex Fitiausi said the food was great.

The atmosphere is breezy and well-spaced out, says Mesa.

Fitiausi says he and his girlfriend ordered two $10 fiesta plates from A&L Foods and waited in line for 10 minutes.

Mesa says the food was worth the wait.

Food Truck Festival takes place every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the old carnival grounds at Tiyan.