It was a good meal for a good cause on Saturday afternoon in Lower Burrell.
A food truck festival drew a sunny crowd – expected to be around 3,500 – with a variety of delicacies, able to satisfy everyone’s tastes, and a percentage of sales benefiting the Lower Burrell Fire Company No 3.
The weather was maybe a little warm, but no hotter than a hot Del Vecchios signature sausage. The Vandergrift restaurant was just one of 17 local vendors represented by a food truck at the festival.
“We make our own sausage, and I created a hot sausage with diced pickled jalapenos,” owner Tommy Scanga said. “Everything is accompanied by grilled peppers and onions. We make our own pulled pork. We make our own pulled chicken. And we do loaded fries with pulled pork and chicken.
Fred Hereda, 40, of New Kensington, was one of the customers to dig into Del Vecchios pulled pork and cheese with chips mixed with chicken and barbecue sauce.
“You have to go big,” Hereda said. “It’s delicious with homemade barbecue sauce.”
Filling a large open parking lot, there were food trucks with cheesesteaks, gyros, burgers, pierogies, ravioli, Italian beef sandwiches, hoagies, wood-fired pizzas, Chinese food , corn dogs and the obligatory funnel cakes and fried Oreos to name a few.
“First, we wanted an opportunity to showcase our fire department, and we wanted to give some local businesses an opportunity to support their products,” said Brennan Sites, deputy chief of Lower Burrell No. 3.
This is the third year the fire department has held this particular one-day event, and it expects to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 to help pay for renovations to the building.
“We thought why not try a fundraiser where we walk the public through our doors, see where their taxes go, see where their donations go, and support local businesses,” Sites said.
But the event is more than just a fundraiser, according to Food Truck Committee volunteer Brandy Grieff.
“This is a very special event for the fire department,” Grieff said. “It brings them closer to the community. Instead of meeting them on their worst day, they meet them on a fantastic day.
Paul Guggenheimer is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]