Mohegan Sun hosts food truck festival

By Dan Stokes - [email protected]
Anthony Maurizio, owner of Southwest Savory Grill food truck, cooks during the afternoon rush of customers during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township on Sunday. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Ray Hillier, of Dunmore, particpates in the cornhole tournament at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival in Plain Township. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
People gather around the food trucks at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival. - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
John Ventre plays the bass with Dave Matthews tribute band A Proud Monkey during the Food Truck Festival at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. - - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader
Barbara Porter-Callahan, owner of Ally’s Air, makes a balloon for Leaonna Horay, 8, of Whitney Point, N.Y., during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. - - Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

PLAINS TWP. — Normally people head to the Mohegan Sun Pocono for some gambling or nightlife.

But on Sunday area residents stopped at the casino for food and some good old-fashioned fun.

The casino hosted its first ever Food Truck Festival that began at noon and lasted until 7 p.m.

“We (Mohegan Sun) really wanted to host a local event to support the community,” said Mohegan Sun Pocono director of events Jenn Dunigan. “We reached out to six local food trucks and three bands.”

Dunigan said that planning for this event started in May.

“It’s really a big task that involves a lot of coordination,” she said. “But it’s great to see the hard work pay off and people have a good time and enjoy themselves.

“I’m glad that people brought their children because this is a family event not just an event for adults.”

The Mohegan Sun casino in Montville, Conn., has hosted the New England Food Truck festival for the past three years.

Hundreds of people showed up to the event and took turns waiting in line to try the different types of cuisine on hand from local vendors Fon Dippity, Haymakers Grill, Nannycakes Bakery, PananaMan, Southwest Savory and Sweet Lush Cupcakery.

Scott and Lisa Percevault, of Mountain Top, were drawn to the event by the food.

“We’re foodies,” the couple said.

“We are kind of breaking our diet,” Scott said. “But it’s totally worth it.”

The Percevaults had food from the South West Savory Grill food truck, and they were not disappointed.

“The tacos are phenomenal,” Scott mentioned. “This zesty fish taco with sriracha mayo is delicious.”

While the Percevaults couldn’t try every food the venue had to offer, they did grab some dessert for the road.

“We are going to grab some cupcakes from the Sweet Lush Cupcakery truck before we go home,” Lisa said.

People who attended the event were treated to live music from A Proud Monkey, King Jeremy, a tribute to Pearl Jam, and Tom Sadge, a Neil Diamond impersonator.

Aside from the food trucks and stage with live music, some were interested in the cornhole boards set up by NEPA Cornhole.

“We reached out to the Mohegan Sun to participate in this event,” said NEPA Cornhole co-founder T.J. Griffiths. “They have seen how the sport of cornhole’s popularity continues to grow. We are just grateful that they added us to the event.”

The 3-year-old business said that established cornhole players came to the event as well as many people playing the sport for the first time.

“I think this is a good opportunity for people to come out and see what it’s like,” Griffiths said. “People can play for fun, or they can pay to be in the cornhole tournament today.”

Griffiths mentioned that many members of NEPA Cornhole participate in the American Cornhole League.

Anthony Maurizio, owner of Southwest Savory Grill food truck, cooks during the afternoon rush of customers during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township on Sunday.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090318FoodTruck1.jpgAnthony Maurizio, owner of Southwest Savory Grill food truck, cooks during the afternoon rush of customers during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township on Sunday. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Ray Hillier, of Dunmore, particpates in the cornhole tournament at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival in Plain Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090318FoodTruck2.jpgRay Hillier, of Dunmore, particpates in the cornhole tournament at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival in Plain Township. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

People gather around the food trucks at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090318FoodTruck3.jpgPeople gather around the food trucks at Mohegan Sun Pocono’s Food Truck Festival. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

John Ventre plays the bass with Dave Matthews tribute band A Proud Monkey during the Food Truck Festival at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090318FoodTruck4.jpgJohn Ventre plays the bass with Dave Matthews tribute band A Proud Monkey during the Food Truck Festival at the Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

Barbara Porter-Callahan, owner of Ally’s Air, makes a balloon for Leaonna Horay, 8, of Whitney Point, N.Y., during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township.
https://www.timesleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/web1_TTL090318FoodTruck5.jpgBarbara Porter-Callahan, owner of Ally’s Air, makes a balloon for Leaonna Horay, 8, of Whitney Point, N.Y., during the Food Truck Festival at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Township. Sean McKeag | For Times Leader

By Dan Stokes

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Reach Dan Stokes at 570-991-6389 or on Twitter @ByDanStokes

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