SILive.com contest winners join thousands of patrons at Food Truck Festival at The Mount

STATEN ISLAND, NY — A little rain couldn’t stop thousands of Staten Islanders looking for some delicious grub and outdoor fun this weekend.

Thousands of residents turned out Friday and Saturday for “Food Truck Festival at The Mount” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains.

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

The three-day food fest — which is running again today from 12 to 8 pm — is organized annually by Catholic Charities of Staten Island, in conjunction with Presenting Sponsor Staten Island University Hospital Northwell Health and Community Partner ShopRite.

Joining the more than 4,000 patrons in attendance for delectable local eats were our Advance/SILive.com contest winners for this month’s SILive Experiences event.

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Contest winners Gregory and Regina Markow enjoying some lobster rolls at “Food Truck Festival at The Mount” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

“Being a native Staten Islander, the Staten Island Advance has been in our lives since we were little kids,” Heinbockel said. “So it’s great to see they’re giving back to the community and readers like this.”

As a thank you from the Staten Island Advance/SILive.com, we offered our loyal subscribers free VIP tickets to enjoy tastings from every truck in attendance — free of charge!

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Contest winners Orin and Ellen Cohen grabbing a slice Saturday at “Food Truck Festival at The Mount” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

The group of winners sampled eats from all over the Mount Loretto parking lot — each finding it hard to keep up with the amazing selection.

“I’m stuffed!” laughed Gregory Markow. “Everything here is delicious and it’s really a great time trying it all.”

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Ruthanne Sawler and Kelly Heinbockel were two of our SILive Experience winners in attendance for “Food Truck Festival at The Mount” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Claire Atalla, newly appointed CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island, said she was honored to make this special tasting happen for our loyal subscribers.

“We’re happy to work with the Staten Island Advance to help make this a day to remember for these local contest winners,” said Atalla. “Local journalism is very important so we’re glad we can give back to these readers.”

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Even with some scattered showers, the crowd enjoyed live music performances, rides for children and tented areas for munching and drinking the day away.

“This really was a perfect day,” said Ruthann Sawler, another SILive Experience winner. “Thank you so much for this.”

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Claire Atalla, newly appointed CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island, poses with two of our SILive Experience winners Regina and Gregory Markow Saturday at “Food Truck Festival at The Mount” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th , 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

DON’T MISS THE TRUCKS TODAY!

If you haven’t been yet, you can still make the food truck festival today.

Tickets are $5 and currently available at the online box office. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free. Parking passes to the event are also available for a $5 donation.

Proceeds raised from this event will benefit programs at Mount Loretto. To purchase tickets, parking passes, and see more of the program as it is updated go to the website — Cc-si.org — or text the word MOUNT to the number 313131.

Some of the food, drink and sweets trucks in attendance were: Empanada Guy, Twisted Steaks, Montalbano’s of Rosebank, The Main Lobster, Carvel, Rosalia & Ashley’s, Cold Stone Creamery, Kettle Corn, Teps Truck Treats, Five Sisters Food Truck, Rescue Rolls, Langan’s Patties, Lefty’s Cigar Truck, The Sweet Spot, Mac Truck, Country Donuts, House of Cupcakes, The Smoke Boss BBQ, Bella Napoli Pizza, I Got Balls, Ma & Pa’s Tex Mex, Joyce’s Tavern, Gio’s Restaurant and Flagship Brewery .

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio

Food Truck Festival at the Mount 2022

– Thousands of — including our Advance/SILive.com contest winners — turned out Saturday for the three-day-long “Food Truck Festival at The Mount residents” on the grounds of Mount Loretto in Pleasant Plains, Saturday, June 11th, 2022. (Staten Island Advance/Shane DiMaio) Shane DiMaioShane DiMaio