Tuck in at Truck Feeding the hungry to save the starving
Contrary to what the name may suggest, Truck is a music festival, originated by two brothers with a farm near Steventon, Oxfordshire. Their aim was to promote local bands in a pleasant rural setting where young people and families could get together to enjoy music, without disturbing the neighbours. Wisely they enlisted the help of their friends at the Rotary Club of Didcot who not only helped with the stewarding, but got all the necessary certificates to provide food at the venue, raising funds for charities and good causes along the way.
uch was the popularity of this family-friendly event, festival goers soon reached the thousands and Didcot engaged the help of other Rotary Clubs and local charities on the catering side. Freshly-made doughnuts and soft drinks added to Didcot’s now legendary ‘fry-ups’ and breakfasts. A vegetarian option of Asian food, now run as Dalicious by Oxford Spires and friends and a Pizza Palace, courtesy of Faringdon, came onto the scene. Most recent arrivals are Witney Rotary Club with their very popular Pig Roast.
With growing popularity came other logistic anxieties like traffic build-ups on major roads and the organisers decided it was time to engage a commercial firm to manage the event. There were concerns that the voluntary groups might be edged out with the need to gain income from stall-holders to pay salaries. But, so far so good as the new organisers strive to retain the original ethos of the event.
Didcot’s chips were the talk of the Festival and additional supplies had to be rushed in on Saturday. In total, Festival goers consumed nearly TWO TONS OF CHIPS.
Chips with everything....
Ready for action .......
Didcot Rotarians dug in for some seriously hard work, as a record number of Festival fans flocked to the annual Truck Festival at Hill Farm, Steventon. In addition to an extended licence for three days of music, the Festival organisers had also secured increased capacity, of up to 10,000.
New security and access arrangements may have been an additional burden on Rotary Clubs and other charities, but despite more commercial outlets this year, it was fantastic to see big queues at all the charity outlets, with business booming at Didcot’s Food Hall, Oxford Spires ‘Dalicious’, Faringdon’s Pizza Palace and Witney’s Pig Roast.
As always, the Didcot Rotary Breakfast Bar was very popular, with early queues forming to grab the (in)famous Breakfast Specials – best cure ever for a hangover!
We couldn’t have done it without an army of helpers – friends, neighbours, relatives, Didcot Dragons, Guides, 6th Formers and students, with colleagues from Wantage and Wallingford & Didcot District Rotary Clubs providing additional experience and expertise. Champion rower Eoín Hartwright flipped burgers to great effect, and we also had volunteers from South Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance and the charity Against Breast Cancer.
Early indications are that this is Didcot’s most successful year ever, raising a record amount for charity.
Discover more at www.didcotrotary.org.uk
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