Upcoming Southern fried food truck festival

The Collegedale Commons on Swinyar Drive. The second annual Southern Fried Food Truck Festival will take place here on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2022.
(Photo by: Keishla Galán)
The Collegedale Commons on Swinyar Drive. The second annual Southern Fried Food Truck Festival will take place here on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2022. (Photo by: Keishla Galán)

The second annual Southern Fried Food Truck Festival will take place on May 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and May 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 100 food trucks, commercial and craft vendors will be parked at the Collegedale Commons for attendees to enjoy. Free admission and free parking will also be available for this event. 

Alongside these attractions will be features such as inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, trackless train rides and other entertainment for friends and families to enjoy, according to Shannon Wright, coordinator of the event and founder of Touch the Sky Events and Promotions.

Touch the Sky Events and Promotions is sponsoring the festival for a second year. 

“The inspiration behind [the festival] is that people love food trucks and festival foods,” Wright stated in an email to the Accent. “So, what better way to put the two together to create the Food Truck Festival!” 

Wright founded Touch the Sky Events and Promotion, LLC in July of 2016. She said she attended many craft shows, festivals and other events throughout her childhood. In 2015, she was asked to coordinate a Christmas craft show in Birchwood, Tennessee. 

“It went so well that my husband encouraged me to do this full-time,” Wright said about the company’s origins. “I prayed about it for seven months, and the Lord woke me up one night and spoke to my heart.” 

The name of the company is based on Wright’s favorite song “Touch the Sky” by Hillsong United. Since the company’s creation, Wright has promoted and coordinated over 50 events. 

According to her company website, the profits made from the events go toward supporting the free mentoring services Wright offers to people struggling with issues of addiction, abuse, adultery, depression and self-harm

Wright stated that the proceeds from the food truck festival will be directed to help the people of Ukraine through the Cleveland Church of Evangelical Faith. 

Wright encourages people to attend the Southern Fried Food Truck Festival with their family or friends. 

For more information about this upcoming event — as well as past and future events — visit the company’s website, TouchTheSkyEvents.com, or its Facebook page, @touchtheskyeventsandpromotions.

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