MALTA — If you enjoyed last year’s Malta Food Fest and loved tasting different cuisine from around the area, this year should be no different — except it’s curbside pickup.
The second-annual Malta Food Fest takes place with a take-out twist on Wednesday at Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART campus in Malta, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event, hosted by the Saratoga County Chamber, will still give attendees a chance to sample food from Ballston Spa, Malta and beyond, but the food will be packaged in grab-and-go containers. It’ll also feature a “boxed-to-go” dinner available to reheat at home, courtesy of Pizza Works, Bowled, The Hideaway, Esperanto, Nani’s Indian Kitchen, and Augie’s. Tickets for the event are $20 and available on the chamber’s website.
“We knew this event was important,” said Adrienne Snow, coordinator of Ballston Spa Central School District’s Clean Technologies and Sustainable Industries ECHS program. “We also knew that it was a good way to highlight our restaurants in our area that may be hurting because of the pandemic. We looked at many different scenarios and we felt like the safest way would be to have everything boxed up ahead of time so people would drive through, and we would give it to them as a curbside pickup. They could take meals home and really have that takeout experience as well.”
As they did last year, event proceeds will go toward the Ballston Spa Partnership for Innovation in Education Fund, with participating restaurants receiving a portion of ticket sales. Last year’s event raised over $6,400 for the fund.
“I think restaurants are excited because right now things may be slow,” Snow said. “And this is another way to highlight their takeout business as well. People will get menus and get to see what the businesses are offering.”
The event will also include a virtual silent auction, featuring gift cards and other items.