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The Fifth Annual Great Food Truck Festival Returns To The Peninsula

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NEWPORT NEWS—The largest food truck festival in the state returns to the grounds of Centura College in Newport News in September.

The Great Food Truck Festival, sponsored by Yelp, will feature food trucks and other activities. The event is the brainchild of Shannon Combs, founder and event coordinator with Lux Events.

The Great Food Truck Festival will offer more than 20 food trucks, vendors, exhibitors, special appearances by the world’s tallest walking robot, Disney Princess characters, and Marvel superheroes, a magic show, a game show, Extreme Hula Hoop performance, and cash prizes.

“We are celebrating five years of the Great Food Truck Festival,” said Combs. “This year we’ve doubled the amount of food and dessert vendors, we’re offering more prizes, including a vacation for three days and two nights to Massanutten Resort, as well as bringing back our festival menu. We’re trying to give our attendees the ability to sample an item from each food vendor for $3 without breaking the bank. Every year is a great time, and we just look forward to seeing our foodies come out.”

Attendees will be able to order off the full menus of each food truck or opt for the sample menus to take advantage of several different food truck offerings. Trucks that are expected to be at the event include The Bumbling Bee Vegan, Food For The Soul, Jems Caribbean Cuisine, Lormas Kitchenette, Chef Francis III, J&K Style Grill, Curbside Creations, Paulette’s Plates, A Pleasant Taste of the World, Get Cheesy, Chicken Stop, Moto Crepes, Georgia Ribs & Catering, Jozels International Food Truck, Lil Alberta’s Southern Desserts, Colonial Corn, The Distracted Cookie Company, I Got You Flavor Lemonade, Bali Bali, Korean BBQ, Jus Cukn, and Michael’s Ice Cream.

The event will take place on Saturday, September 17 and will run from noon to 6pm. General admission tickets are $5.45 per person for those 13 and older. VIP tickets, which allow ticket holders to get into the event an hour earlier, are $7.75 each. VIP ticket holders will also be included in a drawing that offers three cash prizes of $100 each. Three $50 prizes will also be drawn for people who shop with the event vendors.

In addition to hosting the food truck festival, Lux Events provides party planning services for any occasion. Whether it’s a dinner reception for 50 people or a large seminar for 300 guests, Lux Events provides a memorable event for every experience.

“Lux Events was a dream come true for me when I left my corporate job to pursue event planning,” said Combs. “In business, it’s a lot of trial and error. I had to figure out what I wanted to do as an event planner. I decided I’ve always enjoyed hosting and planning every detail of an event and wanted to create different and unique events that many people don’t get to experience in Hampton Roads.”

Centura College is located at 616 Denbigh Blvd. in Newport News. For additional information about the Great Food Truck Festival or to order tickets online, visit For additional information about Lux Events, visit

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