The organizers of the first annual Food Truck and Music Festival in September hope the event will be a hit so they can spread even more kindness throughout St. Charles.
The festival, which will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 25 in Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles, will benefit Random Acts Matter. Founded in 2016, Random Acts Matter is a volunteer organization committed to sharing care and compassion in St. Charles.
The group performs acts of kindness and also provides $1,000 scholarships each year to one graduating St. Charles North High School senior and one graduating St. Charles East High School senior who are committed to making their community a better and kinder place to live.
In the past, the group has held its annual fundraiser at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles. Its 2019 fundraiser raised about $20,000.
“We wanted this time to reach out to a broader base to get more people interested in supporting Random Acts Matter,” said Debi Craig, who is chairing the event with Lori Georgson. “Food trucks and music festivals are so popular now. We thought a great venue would be Pottawatomie Park, which is a bigger venue than Mount St. Mary Park. This way, we are able to put the music up on the pavilion stage. And then there’s room for the food trucks.”
The festival is presented by the Fox Valley Auto Group. Tickets to the 21 and older event are $30, which includes one free drink ticket. They can be purchased at randomactsmatter.com.
Alcohol tickets are only available online.
The event will include a variety of music, food trucks, beer and wine and a signature drink from celebrity bartender, Joe Schuldt, who had worked at the ROX City Grill in the Hotel Baker for many years.
“Our color for Random Acts Matter is orange, so he’s putting together a drink that’s got orange juice and vodka and peach schnapps in it,” Craig said. “So that’s the signature drink we’re going to name Kindness Rocks.”
Both the bands that will perform at the event and the food trucks are from the local area. The bands include the Tiny Country Band, which performs Americana, folk and bluegrass music; the Dennis O’Brien Band, which performs classic rock; The Collective, which performs alternative rock and Billy Croft Trio Amigos, which performs country music.
“One of our musicians, Dennis O’Brien, he’s played all over the world and has opened for big names,” Craig said. “But he’s here in St. Charles. We know he has a big following. We want to celebrate our local talent.”
Fernando’s Street Kitchen, Brick’s Wood Fired Pizza, Stadium Street Eats, Kimmer’s Ice Cream and Soy and Lou On the Go Brew, a mobile coffee service that sells cold coffee drinks, will be among the food trucks at the event.
Organizers hope the event will become an annual tradition.
“We just think it’s a great format for getting people out,” Craig said. “We think it’s going to be a good draw. There’s pent up demand for live music.”
COVID-19 precautions also are being taken.
“This is outdoors and you can spread out,” Craig said. “We’re roping off a really nice large area at Pottawatomie Park.”
Volunteers are needed for the event. To volunteer, go to https://signup.com/go/tKGyArn.