Family-friendly wellness event part of 'Seniorpalooza'
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- Food trucks have been all the rage lately, and now, they are serving up delectable dishes in Melbourne.
This year's Brevard Association of Human Services' annual Health and Wellness Festival, called "Seniorpalooza," will feature at least 12 food trucks at the Wickham Park Pavilion, just south of Brevard Community College's Melbourne campus.
"We have held health fairs for many years," said Kathleen Cummins, president of Brevard Association of Human Services. "So this year, we're taking it one step further to really spice things up. Food is always a good way to draw people, and, of course, food trucks have been such a craze in the Orlando area, so we decided to combine these efforts."
"Seniorpalooza" will be held on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3 to 7 p.m.
"Although our event is called 'Seniorpalooza' because it is targeting seniors, it will also be a wellness festival for all ages," Ms. Cummins said.
In addition to food trucks serving up gourmet cuisine, the festival will feature various health care and wellness vendors, as well as music and informative groups.
"We will have representatives from spas, chiropractic and alternative medicine fields, assisted living and independent communities, home health industries, hospice groups, physical therapy practices, banks and elder law attorney organizations," Ms. Cummins said. "The event is not exclusively for seniors - we just love the name 'Seniorpalooza.'"
She said she expects more than 1,000 people to attend this year's event.
Most of the food trucks are from the Orlando area, with a few based locally. Monsta Lobsta, which can be found setting up shop in various cities of Central Florida, will serve its fresh Maine lobster rolls at the event.
She suggested that people plan on spending $7 to $12 dollars per meal, which typically include a drink.
"This is not your state fair kind of food," Ms. Cummins said. "It's gourmet food, and it's the real deal. This will be a feeding frenzy."
Brevard Association of Human Services is a nonprofit networking organization of professionals within the human services industry that focuses on education and networking to improve healthcare and related services within the community.
"We're really excited about this event, and we're really excited to partner with these food trucks," Ms. Cummins said.