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Fine Arts Fiesta Good For Food Vendors

By Michael P. BufferMay 19, 2019

WILKES-BARRE — Sunshine and a beautiful spring day helped lure hundreds to the Fine Arts Fiesta on Saturday, and it was a good day for food and drink vendors.

So good that Sammy’s Caribbean Grill was out of chicken by 6 p.m. Owner Sammy James had to put out a sign informing customers he was out of chicken.

“I’m the king of the chicken. This is the jerk chicken shack. Anything with chicken goes first in my truck,” James said. “All our items with chicken are sold out. Chicken ranch wrap, barbecue chicken wrap, roasted pineapple and habanero chicken wrap, roasted pineapple and habanero chicken platter, Jamaican jerk chicken platter, all sold out.”

It eliminated most of his menu for the rest of the night.

“We have beef, and we also have steak and cheese wraps, and barbecue pulled pork on a bun,” he said.

James said he will be ready today to sell his chicken menu items.

“You better come early,” he joked.

His business is based in Jenkins Twp. He said this year was at least his seventh at the Fine Arts Fiesta.

Sales were also good at the Coco Bongos stand.

“Coconuts have been pretty busy today. Lots of coconuts,” owner Todd Englert said. “We haven’t had a good Saturday in three or four years. Really nice weather for the day.”

His business is based in Rochester, N.Y., and he’s been coming to work at the Fine Arts Fiesta for more than 10 years.

Lorraine Freedman, owner of a Moosic-based Sherri’s Crab Cakes franchise, was pleased with sales on Saturday.

“We have a new item this year, crab mac and cheese. It is selling amazingly well,” she said. “Everybody loves it. We have gotten a lot of good feedback. The president of the organization that puts this on, she loved it. A lot of the volunteers came and got it, and they like it. It’s doing very well, and I’m proud because it’s my recipe.”

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