New location, activities for FoodStock Music Festival

By on July 19, 2017

The FoodStock Music Fest 2017 is slated for noon to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 29 on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, 2775 Lebanon Road (Route 72), Manheim. Cost is $25. Admission includes live music, a buffet, car show, and cash bar.

“This is the fourth year for the event, and each year it gets bigger and bigger,” said Bobby D. Jones, known to music fans as Bobby D.

Although the event has grown, it remains true to its original purpose — raising funds to aid organizations that help fight hunger in our local community.

“Most of the time when people think of hunger, they think of it as something that occurs in other countries or other parts of our country,” said Jones. “There is hunger in our own community, and our weapon of choice to fight it is our musical instruments. Everything we raise through Foodstock stays within our local community.”

This party with a purpose was founded by trumpeter Todd Fulginiti and guitarist Tom Hayden. Fulginiti is not only a musician and composer, he is the music teacher at Kissel Hill Elementary School. He also served on Lititz Borough Council.

Percussionist Bobby D Jones, photographed during a Lititz Second Friday event, is one of the organizers of Foodstock 2017.

In addition to performing with local music groups, Hayden may be familiar to Ephrata residents as a letter carrier for over 26 years. As a postal carrier, he’s been involved with the National Association of Letter Carriers’ Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This nationwide food drive has been held the second Saturday in May (the day before Mother’s Day) for the over 20 years.

The experience with this food drive is what prompted the musician to think about how the music community could be a part of an effort to benefit local food banks. While on break during a gig with the Lancaster band Back In Motion, guitarist Hayden shared his concept for a hunger-fighting community service group. Several band members pledged support and things developed from there.

Jones explained that he became involved after a discussion with Hayden and Fulginiti.

“We’re all musicians and we were all involved in food drives of some sort, so it made sense that we would all work together,” he said.

FoodStock was incorporated in 2011 as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. Hayden serves as president, while Jones is vice president and Fulginiti serves on the board. Jones said that the name not only evokes the iconic 60s music festival Woodstock, but it also points to the mission of the event — stocking shelves at community food banks and food pantries. The logo, which features a guitar handle and a pear, also gets the point across.

Initially, FoodStock was held in downtown Lancaster at Marion Court Room. Jones explained that after the second year, the music festival outgrew that space.

“Word was getting out about the event,” he said. “We had more bands and more people, so we needed a larger venue.”

The Little Leroys, of Lancaster, is one of the bands performing at Foodstock. They are known for their roots rock, blues, rockabilly, and honky tonk with a signature Lounge-A-Billy style.

Last year the event was held in the large outdoor pavilion at the Lancaster Liederkranz. A Chinese auction, 50/50 raffle, horseshoe tournament, ride-in motorcycle contest, and classic car contest joined the lineup of activities. But the event needed more space, so that’s where the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire comes in.

“The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire as a company has always been involved in providing food to those in need in our community through directing donations of food to the banks,” said Scott Bowser, CEO Mazza Vineyards and the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. “Bringing this event to the Faire grounds is a natural combination of efforts by FoodStock and the Faire. The hope is that together we can grow this event and we will all be able to provide an even bigger positive change where it is needed.”

This year’s FoodStock Music Fest features outstanding lineup of local musicians. Bands include the Little Leroys, Roof Rockers, Steel Radiance, Blues on the Loose, Rooster Stone, and Back in Motion.

“This year’s lineup is really exciting,” Hayden said, “These are some of the Lancaster area’s most talented musicians coming together to help us fight hunger in our community. With six bands, there’ll be something for everyone.”

The event also features an all-you-can-eat buffet provided by Divine Swine In-Out BBQ; a Chinese auction; 50/50 drawings; craft show and sale; plus an antique, muscle, street rod, and classic car show.

Mount Hope’s wines, Swashbuckler Brewing Company beers, and Lancaster County Ciders will be available for purchase. Mount Hope Winery also created a special labeled FoodStock sangria. Bottles will be available for purchase the day of the event at both Mount Hope’s wine shop and a special Foodstock swag tent. Half of the proceeds of sangria purchases will benefit FoodStock.

Rooster Stone, photographed at The Deck in Ephrata in April, will be performing at Foodstock on July 29. Their fan page says, “With their crisp harmonies and killer licks, Rooster Stone knows how to turn you up and get you moving.”

“The support we’ve gotten from Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire and local businesses has been tremendous,” Hayden. “I love it when the community comes together for a worthy cause,” Hayden said.

Fulginiti added that although Central PA Food Bank is the key recipient of funds raised from the event, funding is also directed at other efforts in the county such as The Power Packs Project, which he said serves both Warwick and Ephrata Area School District.

Further information about Foodstock Music Fest is available at foodstockpa.org or the organization’s Facebook page: facebook.com/foodstockmusicfestivalpa. Tickets are available at parenfaire.com. To make a donation or to volunteer, contact Foodstock at foodstockpa.org.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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