Marydel food trucks supply more than just meals

Thousands of people are coming out to Marydel this weekend to find their new favorite foods at the annual food truck competition.

The event, now in its fifth year, is a way for food trucks across the peninsula to show off what they have to offer to a big crowd.

"I think it's a way for us to introduce our food truck to a lot of people," says Mike Lapenta, owner of Casapulla's Sub Shop.  "We've just been out for four months with our food truck, so we're kind of feeling our way in the food truck business."

But this competition is about much more than a taco or crab cake.  The proceeds benefit local veterans through Disabled American Veterans, and the Hero Hunts Foundation.

"We are in a military base community, the fact that the Dover Air Force base is right down the street.  It means the world to us to be able to give back to those who have served, so now we can help them get what they need," said Nan Nunan, charitable events coordinator for the event.

"Last year we raised $18,000 and bought that transport van you see out there," said Chuck Nunan, owner of Harvest Ridge Winery, the site of the competition.

That transport van is just one way these organizations help local vets and their families.  Proceeds from this year will go toward rescue dogs who will serve vets, and will fund a trip to Disney for three local families.

And it all comes full circle with those same soldiers chipping in to help put the event on.

"We've got about 30 volunteers here today to make sure this goes off without a hitch," said First Sgt. Montrell Jones, with the Dover Air Force Base.  "So they can focus on getting these things done well and for the people to come out and have a good time."

If you missed out on trying what Delmarva has to offer Friday, the show is back on Saturday afternoon from noon to 6 PM.

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