Somerset Food Truck Festival and Beer Garden Coming Soon
Prep your sweatpants and your most comfortable shoes. Foodchella is returning to Somerset and this time it's bringing a beer garden.
Southcoast Outdoor Air Market, SOAM for short, is gearing up for the fourth annual food celebration -- "beer garden edition."
SOAM is best known for helping small businesses across the SouthCoast and Rhode Island promote their "fresh, local and handmade" artisan food and products.
Yes, this includes food trucks as well.
Buckle up. On Nov. 5, Foodchella 4 is taking over Slade Ferry Park from 5 to 10 p.m. Founder and Chief of Operations Allison Faunce is looking forward to another great event with more people, more food and, of course, the new addition: beer.
"We honestly can't wait, we're super excited," Faunce said, "Overall, we just want people to bring a friend, relax and listen to the music, all while enjoying awesome food and a cold brew. It's just a great time of the year, and we're hoping for a nice crisp fall night with six to eight local brews and wines, all locally brewed from Massachusetts. Something enjoyable for all ages."
For the first time, SOAM will have a beer garden for adults, 21 and older. Security will check IDs and distribute wristbands.
There's no better way to enjoy Foodchella than with live, energy-filled music; delicious, fresh food; and hand-crafted products. At every corner, see a community delivering all local, fresh and handmade items. Savor the scents and tastes of a variety of food trucks and food tents.
With the help of Ocean State Food Truck Festivals, you'll be able to relish over 20 food trucks, jam out to music by Deja Blue and 7 Day Weekend, and enjoy the refreshing Beer Garden from Memphis Kelle Tap Truck.
"This will be the first nighttime event outdoors for SOAM," Faunce said. "We'll be hanging twinkly lights in the trees and hammocks, and will even have a glass blower and a couple of bands performing."
To provide an overall better experience for families and food truck-goers alike, SOAM has extended the festival by two hours and increased the number of food trucks present for quicker lines.
It's been a learning experience for Faunce and her SOAM team ever since their very first Foodchella in 2021.
"It was not easy, although it ended up being amazing," Faunce said. "It was raining and thundering outside, but we still had nine vendors (food trucks) show up and once they did, then the people showed up. Regardless of the rain, People were still very much enthusiastic and the food trucks were all sold out. It was an incredible day.
"Every time we have this event, more and more people are attending," Faunce said.
So grab your friends and family, set down your picnic blankets and arrive on an empty stomach. A night of music, food and community awaits and it's going to be bigger and better than ever.