NEW: Wellington festival celebrates tribute bands, food truck fare

Feb 15, 2018
Scott and Barbara Carr (from left) of Greenacres sit with Vito Filomeno of Wellington as they eat food truck fare at the Wellington Amphitheater on Oct. 26. The village’s popular Thursday night food trucks and free concert event expands for the next two weeks with the fifth annual Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Wellington’s Tribute Music and Food Truck Festival is back, with a lineup that includes new performers and some fan-favorite food trucks.

This is the fifth year the village has held the festival that kicks off Thursday night at the Wellington Amphitheater, said Joe Piconcelli, cultural programs and facilities manager for Wellington. The festival continues Friday and Saturday, then picks back up from Feb. 22-24. Food trucks are on-site from 5 to 9:30 p.m. each day with concerts starting at 7 p.m.

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Attendance is free, and there will be 10 to 15 food trucks each night of the festival where attendees can buy food and drinks. Guests should bring their own seating, which could include lawn chairs, blankets — or even an inflatable couch, as was spotted at a recent amphitheater concert.

Wellington’s amphitheater has become known for hosting tribute acts and drawing large crowds. Piconcelli said he expects between 1,000 and 3,000 people each night.

“Last year we had close to 3,000 people for the Bees Gees tribute, and they’re coming back next Saturday (Feb. 24),” he said.

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Other performers this year include a Motown tribute by N2 Nation on Thursday, an Eagles tribute by The Long Run on Friday, a Stevie Wonder tribute by Natural Wonder on Saturday, a Billy Joel tribute by Turnstiles on Feb. 22 and a Prince tribute by Purple Madness on Feb. 23.

In the past the village has partnered with Food Truck Invasion to bring food trucks from across South Florida to the festival. This year Wellington is working with a new vendor, Gourmet Truck Expo, which Piconcelli said lets the village offer more variety to attendees.

Gourmet Truck Expo also is in the rotation for Wellington’s weekly Thursday night food truck and free concert event, alternating Thursdays with Food Truck Invasion, Piconcelli said.