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Black Food Truck Festival Expands Reach in the Lowcountry

The event is back in April

Attendee at the inaugural Black Food Truck Festival.
Katrina S. Crawford Photography
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

After a successful inaugural year, the Black Food Truck Festival is back in the Lowcountry with a new location and even more vendors. The festival will put on its spring event at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson on April 23 and April 24.

Because of the popularity of the November 2021 event, founder Marcus Hammond decided to expand. Trucks and vendors will include Peace of Soul Vegan, Bourbon Street Catering, Sweetgrass Foodz, Bits n Bytes, La’son Anchor Grill, Daddy’s Girl Bakery, Chef TR Creations, Soul Sweet, Shantastic Treats, Cocktail Bandits, and more.

Prior to his first festival in 2021, Hammond said that he started the event because he attended a food truck rodeo in Charleston and didn’t see many attendees who looked like him. That experience prompted him to create his own celebration with Black-owned trucks and food vendors.

Hammond’s food truck day helped generate more than $225,000 for the Lowcountry’s Black community in 2021. “We’re excited to build on the success of last year with more food trucks, a new venue and additional entertainment,” he says, “We’re creating a fun, family friendly event and a memorable experience while positively impacting our community and businesses.”

Black Food Truck Festival [Official]
Alum Establishes Charleston’s Inaugural Black Food Truck Festival [The College Today]