Earth Fest with food trucks

2014 festival will help residents go green at block parties

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Oak Parkers will get their choice of culinary delights via four wheels at the village's fifth annual Earth Fest celebration.

The festival, held at the LEED Gold-certified Public Works Center on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature food truck vendors "to serve up tasty snacks" right outside the venue, according to a news release from the village.

The festival will spotlight efforts to "go green" this year at neighborhood block parties. Residents also will have access to dozens of vendors in addition to composting and gardening consultations, outdoor kids' activities, energy-efficiency tutorials, car-sharing information, tips on eco-friendly landscaping and bicycle registration with Oak Park police.

Recycle Alley, a popular feature at last year's festival, will return, giving residents the chance to bring in items such as glasses, hearing aids, prescription drugs, CFL light bulbs, cellphones, rechargeable batteries and wine corks, which aren't included in the blue bin program. 

More information about the festival is available online at http://www.oak-park.us/earthfest.

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Nessie from OP  

Posted: April 7th, 2014 12:12 PM

We can have food trucks at block parties?

Ned Ryerson from River Forest, Illinois  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 3:05 PM

Nothing contributes to the perception of Oak Park being out of touch more than the phrase "vegan food truck".

Greener Than Gumby from Oak Park  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 3:02 PM

You know what's REALLY ecologically damaging? The insane amount of servers that essentially are the Internet. Abolish the Internet, save the porpoises.

Magpie  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 2:52 PM

Just so long as it's an artisinal beer, delivered by electric car, Paddy Boy.

Paddy Boy  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 2:03 PM

I love Oak Park .... but really, when are you folks going to get a sense of humor? It's a food truck people! If you're not hungry don't get in line! If it bothers you stay home! Just to teach everyone a lesson Paddy is going to show up driving a Beer Truck!

David  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 12:45 PM

Is Recycle Alley still going to be involved? I just received an email today from them. Here is a excerpt from the note :Dear ServiceAlley Customers, Today we are writing to announce the shutdown of ServiceAlley, effective April 18, 2014. For those of you who have used ServiceAlley regularly and have helped make it a stronger community, we thank you.

Maria from Oak Park  

Posted: April 3rd, 2014 9:45 AM

@Mark, One of the food trucks participating is a vegan food truck!

Bridgett from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 11:16 PM

The address of the Public Works Center is 201 South Blvd.

John Abbott from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 7:27 PM

no doubt food trucks will make this a trendier event, but am I the only one troubled by the implications here? Since when are food trucks part of any environmentally friendly program of action? Seems to me their major points of distinction are a) their lack of indoor plumbing (in other words, their dubious sanitation) and b) the fact that hungry patrons no longer have to walk anywhere in order to stuff themselves. So what again is the rationale for this?

Mark Graham from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 5:47 PM

I think it is a great idea to have food trucks. The event is 10-2 so perfect for lunch. The food trucks are a nice change of pace versus the fancy sit down food sold all over town.

Marie Perkins from Oak Park  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 5:40 PM

I sure hope that the food trucks offer vegan/vegetarian food. To offer anything other than that would be hypocritical seeing that animals raised for meat is one of the biggest causes of global warming. When you factor in the waste runoff into rivers and streams and the methane gas from the herds, not a very green thing to offer on Earth Day.

renata  

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 5:01 PM

I don't get why food is always the big lure for what already sounds like a terrific event. It's usually the already well-fed folks who line up at food trucks.

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