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Black Food Truck Festival coming to Mount Pleasant in November

Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen

A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen is traveling to Mount Pleasant from Columbia for the inaugural Black Food Truck Festival. Chris & Cami Photography/Provided

MOUNT PLEASANT — Former College of Charleston basketball player Marcus Hammond enjoys the Charleston Food Truck Festival, but he noticed something at the 10th running of the annual event in May.

“I’ve (planned) events here for the last 10 years, and I went to the food truck festival here. It was cool, but they didn’t have a lot of people that look like me,” Hammond said.

Hammond decided food trucks could help address the need for more inclusive spaces for Black residents and visitors. Despite having no professional experience in the food and beverage industry, the experienced event planner brought his vision for the first annual Black Food Truck Festival to life.

“I came up with the idea pre-pandemic. I didn’t think this would take me as far into food as I would go,” Hammond said. “The thing with food trucks is people have to trust the vision and see the vision. So I’ve had to get people to really buy in.”

Hammond, who has lived in downtown Charleston since moving to the area from Memphis for college, is bringing eight to 12 Black-owned food trucks to the two-day event Nov. 13-14 at Patriots Point.

TR Creations, Bourbon Street Catering, Bits-N-Bytes and Charleston Caribbean Creole are some of the participating vendors.

One of Columbia’s most popular food trucks, A Peace of Soul Vegan Kitchen, is making the trip to Charleston for the Black Food Truck Festival. Owner Folami Geter said she met Hammond at the Charleston Food Truck Festival at Riverfront Park in May.

Geter, who also owns a brick-and-mortar restaurant in downtown Columbia, will bring popular vegan eats like her crispy fried chicken sandwich, collards and mac and cheese to the Black Food Truck Festival.

“We started our food truck journey fall of 2018. We were beginning renovation on the brick-and-mortar, and we wanted to ensure our customer base still had access to delicious healthy alternatives,” said Geter, who grew up vegetarian and has never eaten meat. “This plan did just that and allowed us to visit neighboring cities as well.”

Impressive vendors like A Peace of Soul and Charleston Caribbean Creole, known for its crab rice, po’ boys and soul food tacos, will attract people who follow the area’s top food trucks.

Another part of Hammond’s vision is to create an energetic atmosphere and a cultural experience that’s representative of Charleston’s Black community.

Multiple music acts, including The Black Diamond Band, Blacknoyze featuring Ro Lafaye, DJ Tantrum and Deejay Rubin, are set to perform.

“My goal when I do these events is really to touch all the senses,” Hammond said. “What are they tasting but also what are they hearing as far as the music.”

Hammond is still adding to the Black Food Truck Festival vendor lineup, but he plans to cap the list at 15 trucks. Hammond's goal is to make the festival an annual event.

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Reach Parker Milner at 843-830-3911. Follow him on Twitter @parkermilner_.

Food & Dining Editor

Parker Milner is the Food Editor of The Post and Courier. He is a Boston College graduate and former professional hockey player who joined The Post and Courier after leading the Charleston City Paper's food section.

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