The operators of Gioia's Deli food truck are open for business. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

The operators of Gioia’s Deli food truck await customers as the Fall Food Festival begins. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

By Steve Bowman
Editor, The Brentwood Spirit
Email: bowmansj@sbcglobal.net

Somebody is about to enjoy her dinner from Hacienda Catering.

Somebody is about to enjoy her dinner from Hacienda Catering. (Photo by Tina Hogan)

A Friday evening with mild weather, five food trucks, a live band and a clown attracted dozens of Brentwood residents to the Fall Food Festival on Sept. 25 in the parking lot of St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church. Make that the first annual Fall Food Festival — the church’s Parish Council plans to do it again next year.

“We did this just as a community builder,” said Tina Hogan, the parish’s director of marketing. “It was a beautiful night to sit and enjoy the food and the fun family atmosphere.”

Hogan said it wasn’t hard getting food trucks to participate, adding that “We had to turn down several.” The vendors offered a variety of fare: Mexican from Hacienda Catering, barbecue from BJ’s Gullicious Backyard Q, hot salami from Gioia’s Deli, Asian from from MK’s Rolls and Wraps and dessert from Pie Oh My.

A clown created balloon hats and animals for children and a live band entertained the crowd.

The event began at 5 p.m. and lasted several hours.

Hacienda Catering drove over from their restaurant in Rock Hill. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Hacienda Catering drove over from their restaurant in Rock Hill. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

MJ's Rolls and Wraps.

A line forms at MK’s Rolls and Wraps. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Father Jack Siefert of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church chats with food festival participants. (Photo by Tina Hogan)

Father Jack Siefert (left) of Saint Mary Magdalen Catholic Church chats with friends. (Photo by Tina Hogan)

Barbecue

BJ’s Gullicious Backyard Q arrives in their school bus that’s been converted into a rolling barbecue grill. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Pie Oh My offered treats for dessert. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

Pie Oh My offers a wide variety of dessert items. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

If there had been an award for the most colorful food truck, Gioia's Deli would have won. (Photo by Steve Bowman)

If there had been an award for the most colorful food truck, Gioia’s Deli would have won. (Photo by Steve Bowman)