Food & Fun Festival this Thursday

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm The Firehouse Tap & Grille food truck was one of about a dozen at a recent festival in Meadville. It will be traveling to Warren for an event on Thursday. The Warren County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is holding the first Food & Fun Festival, Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic School, 608 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren.

If you need a time-out from the kitchen, a change from the usual work break or the kids are getting a little stir crazy, a local nonprofit is providing a one-stop event featuring fun and food trucks on Thursday.

The Warren County Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is holding the first Food & Fun Festival, Thursday, June 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Joseph Catholic School, 608 Pennsylvania Ave. West, Warren.

The event will feature some area food trucks, including the Firehouse Tap & Grille Smoke Wagon and the SorcErie Food Truck. SorcErie features regionally-sourced ingredients and vegan meal options.

There will also be family friendly-activities, including bounce houses for the kids.

The timing of the event was chosen to allow a great lunch break destination for employees of local businesses and a fun dinner option for families, according to Ariel Mickle, CAC executive director.

There is no set admission fee, but visitors must get a wrist band at the entrance and donations will be appreciated, Mickle said. “All donations will assist the CAC with general operating expenses,” she said. “We are a non-profit facility and depend on the generosity of our community to keep our doors open.”

“At the CAC, our focus is the reduction of investigation-related trauma for child victims of sexual and severe physical abuse,” Mickle said. “We welcome children and teens aged 3 to 18 for necessary forensic interviews. This reduces the need for victims to tell their story more than once. It also saves children from having to visit police departments, the court house, and other locations that may be intimidating, early on in the investigative process.” The CAC is also home to the local Multi-Disciplinary Investigative Team Coordinator, she added.

Mickle is hoping the festival is well-received with hopes of continuing and growing the event in the future.

“The more patrons who visit the food trucks on June 20th, the more likely we are to be able to grow this into a much larger event in the future,” she said.

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