FoodStock rocks!

By on August 1, 2018

FoodStock organizer “Bobby D” Jones addresses the crowd. (Image from Facebook)

The fifth annual FoodStock Music Fest was held Saturday, July 28, on the grounds of the the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire to raise money for a local food bank through a dedicated nonprofit organization with committed volunteers.

A combination of food, art and crafts at 25 different vendor tables, a variety of music and fair weather brought in over 150 participants. Paintings, sketches, a private photo shoot, signed memorabilia and more were raffled off and a 50/50 was held to raise over $5,200 to fight hunger.

“We do it because it’s the cause we care about,” said Bobby D. Jones, vice-president of FoodStock.

Rob Reese opened up the festival and Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra played big band jazz. Hydroponic Philharmonic performed Grateful Dead covers, and Steel Radiance laid out some rock and blues favorites. The Benjamin Vo Blues Band and Vinyl Groov wrapped up the festival on a high note with original, and classic motown and blues covers.

All-female rock band Steel Radiance is always a crowd pleaser. (Photos by Nicole Jones)

“The people that helped me were all my friends and family, and they know what it is and what we do,” said Jones. “They ask,’How can I help?’”

Networking in the community provides education on what the organization does on a local level.

FoodStock promotes continuous assistance to local food banks, such as this year’s recipient, Conestoga Valley Christian Community Center. Located in Ephrata this food bank also has free lunch programs, backpack giveaways, and Soles for Souls, which provides kids with new shoes on the first day of school.

For more information about FoodStock, visit

“As long as there’s hunger, we will be there,” said Jones. “It’s not taking a vacation, so neither is FoodStock.”

Sarah Hummer is a freelance contributor for the Record Express. Contact her at

Benjamin Vo jams at FoodStock.


This sax player from the Corsair Blue Jazz Orchestra had it made in the shade(s).


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