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Keep forking another season
Free Activities for Kids at Tasting Australia Fork on the Road
The Fork on the Road food festival has become a local institution in Adelaide since its first free event at Victoria Square in November 2012. It rapidly became a major success for Splash Adelaide, creating a fevered frenzy of food truck affection that continued to grow throughout last year.
No longer were food trucks seen as the mobile hot dog vendors with tasteless sausages and Coles rolls that were often found at primary school fetes. Entrepreneurs noticed the crowds of thousands that flocked to Fork on the Road, and sensed an opportunity. A whole new breed of food vendor found that the public in Adelaide hungered for new and unusual taste sensations from afar.
The First Fork on the Road at a Very Different Victoria Square
Fork on the Road rapidly became one of the "must do" free things to do in Adelaide, then it took a turn and branched out to the post industrial quaintness of Bowden. It wasn't long before fans of the Fork were pleading for organisers to bring this food festival to their neck of Adelaide.
Even Premier Jay Weatherill Likes to Get Forked - at Touchwine
The fans weren't alone, as the government and councils also saw opportunities to leverage on the success of Fork on the Road and promote their own event with a flash Fork in tandem. There were Forks to welcome migrants, a Fringe Fork at The Depot, a Tasting Australia Fork, and in parks around Adelaide. No matter where, people came with renewed appetites and enthusiasm.
Fork on the Road is a one man show, run by Adelaide man Joe Noone. While initially receiving sponsorship from Splash Adelaide to run these events, and no doubt a contribution from participating food trucks, there is no charge the public at these free festivals. Free family entertainment, activities for kids, and live music are all part of the show at every event - but come at a cost.
Family Entertainment at the Solar Challenge Fork on the Road
Rather than charging admission and changing the spirit of this free food festival, Joe has opted to try crowdsourcing on Pozible to seek public funding to continue the third season of Fork on the Road.
In exchange for a donation to support Fork there is a chance to receive a reward - a queue jump ticket, limited edition t-shirts, and special dinner dates for example. The money Joe receives is planned to cover one-off costs, and enable cutting the overheads of running the next season of Fork on the Road.
For an explanation about why the money is needed look here, otherwise why not just mosey over to the Pozible page and see if you can find it in your heart to help out and keep this fabulous free food festival happening. But be quick - the campaign ends on August 31, and if the target is not achieved then Fork gets nothing.
Fork on the Road is one of the most popular free things to do in Adelaide, and we need to keep on Forking!