Written by Community Editor Nicole Foulke
A swath of Main Street and the Montgomery County Courthouse lawn on Saturday were covered with booths from Norristown restaurants and people snapping photos of flashy vehicles parked in the streets, brought by the annual Norristown Car, Truck and Bike Show’s partnership with the Norristown Business Association’s (NBA) very first annual Norristown Restaurant Festival.
There was a one-week delay for the events due to inclement weather, but Saturday was crisp and clear. The event was slated to start around 10 a.m. and run to about 3:30 p.m.
There was a black Lenco BearCat, an armored vehicle used by SWAT team members in Montgomery county. There was a tiny, vintage orange Fiat and a bigger orange car emblazoned with the words “Clockwork Orange,” “Ice Man,” and more. There was a range of vehicles that reflected different eras and their owners’ different tastes, and there were trophies for an awards segment.
Then, there was the food. August Moon restaurant brought their modern Korean and Japanese, such as savory Korean pancakes, to their booth at the base of the courthouse. There was a line leading up to the purple TNT water ice truck, whose list of flavors included mango and coconut.
At the far end of the event, the Willis Brothers World Famous BBQ doled out hearty food from their huge grill. An out-of-state visitor, Sweet Treasures from Derrick, of Voorhees, New Jersey, brought carefully-made goodies like coconut cake and sweet potato pie.
“We appreciate one of the key organizers of the Norristown Car Show, Chief Richet’s willingness to partner with the Norristown Business Association for the community to see exciting cars while having their culinary desires satisfied by a variety of food options,” wrote NBA founder Edward Turner, in an email to Patch.com. “We also would like to thank Montgomery County for allowing us to use the courthouse lawn and Norristown Municipality for assisting with the cleanup.”
According to Turner, NBA plans to continue to champion Norristown restaurants by sponsoring other such events in the future.