Local event organizers are pleased to announce that not only will Food Truck Warz continue in Brandon next year, the event is expanding and changing locations.
The event, organized by Darryl Wolski and Jody Sass, is slated to run September 14-16, 2018 and will be held in Downtown Brandon at Princess Park.
“Moving the event to downtown Brandon allows us to offer more to our guests and invite additional vendors to participate,” said Jody Sass, co-organizer.
“As such, we’re very pleased to announce that Wonder Shows will be part of Food Truck Warz 2. In working with the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation, we wanted to ensure that we have enough space for everyone to enjoy the amazing variety of food, as well as the fantastic entertainment.”
Wonder Shows is based out of Winnipeg and has been in existence for over 54 years. They typically travel throughout the province to major fairs and festivals such as the Morden Corn & Apple Festival to provide family entertainment. With this being their debut appearance in Brandon, they are looking forward to entertaining people of all ages with a variety of rides and other attractions.
“We’re really excited about coming to Brandon. It’s a great event and it will be a really good fit for us. There will be something for everyone, we’ll create a fun carnival atmosphere to complement the food vendors,” said Ken Kiernicki, Owner of Wonder Shows.
Elisabeth Saftiuk, Executive Director of the Brandon Downtown Development Corporation, said that festivals and events like this have the ability to promote community pride and attract visitors, which benefits the local economy.
“We will welcome thousands of visitors into the downtown for this event and we fully anticipate that these visitors will take advantage of downtown Brandon’s many unique amenities, including its specialty retail and trendy coffee shops. Truly, it is initiatives such as this that help to create positive change in our downtown and help to make our city’s core a more desirable place to live, shop, dine and visit. Vibrant downtowns create smart, healthy cities and I am thrilled that this event will be held downtown next year; it’s where it belongs,” said Saftiuk.
In addition, due to the overwhelming response to the first-ever event held earlier this year, organizers will add seven more food trucks to help eliminate long wait times, they’ve added an extra day and they will have DJ’s performing all weekend long.
The event will kick-off at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018. To accommodate returning and new vendors, guests and to create a fun festival atmosphere various streets will be closed during the event. This includes Princess Avenue from 8th Street to 10th Street, 9th Street from Lorne Avenue to Rosser Avenue and 8th Street from Lorne Avenue to Princess Avenue.
“The success of 2017 shocked nobody more than myself. The people of Brandon and Western Manitoba proved that they want these types of events and we hope to continue this for years to come. We can’t wait for Food Truck Warz 2,” said Darryl Wolski, co-organizer.
Close to 20,000 people attended the two-day event in September, enjoying great eats from 18 different vendors.