By Brittany Llorente
VERO BEACH -- It's not often that events under the oaks at Riverside Park cause this much of a hunger among the residents in the county.
With more than 25 gourmet food trucks ranging from arepas, burgers, barbecue and dessert trucks, the organizers of the Food Truck Frenzy say bring your appetites.
The first ever event in Vero Beach is partnering with the Vero Beach High School cheerleaders to raise money for the cheerleaders and the Buggy Bunch organization.
The trucks will open shop Saturday, Aug. 17 from 5-9 p.m.
The Buggy Bunch, a nonprofit corporation made up of more than a thousand Treasure Coast mothers, has helped residents with their Buggy Bunch card. The card provides discounts on the Treasure Coast at more than 200 businesses.
"Based off of the Facebook response, earning more than 1,200 'likes' within the first week of the page starting, this is something Vero Beach has never seen before," said Kelly Sartain, the executive director of Buggy Bunch.
The food trucks will feature both local vendors, like Bono's Pit Bar-B-Q, Wild Thyme and Snowballs - New Orleans Style, as well as roving food trucks like the Bite Gastrotruck and Monsta Lobsta.
During the event, the Vero Beach High School cheerleaders will be selling the $10 Buggy Bunch cards that are able to be used for discounts at participating food trucks. The Buggy Bunch card is valid until Dec. 31.
The organization hopes to continue to do a Food Truck Frenzy each month, partnering with a different local business each month.
"The reason that The Buggy Bunch is so focused on helping our community through the family discount card and fundraisers is because we care about Vero Beach, helping local business, and, specifically, moms," Ms. Sartain said. "All of our programs and events are free for moms to attend. The Buggy Bunch family discount card and our various other fundraisers exist to keep it this way."
The Food Truck Frenzy is free to attend. Each truck will have their own menu and pricing.
Event organizers encourage attendees to bring chairs, TV trays and even small card tables.
There will also be bounce houses courtesy of The Moon Man for children and music courtesy of Breeze FM.
New food trucks are being added every day as well as contests on the Facebook page.
There is also a special call to all local photographers to bring brides and grooms to the event. All brides in wedding dresses get to cut in line. The event makes for a unique photo shoot opportunity.
For more information, visit www.buggybunch.com or visit facebook.com/foodtruckfrenzyverobeach.