Bites on the Bridge drew a crowd of area natives, ECU students, children and dogs to the Greenville Town Common on Sept. 30 with a special theme of Paint It Purple for East Carolina University’s Homecoming Week.
Food trucks in attendance at the event included Last Call Pizza Company, Uncle Fred’s Caribbean and Southern Cuisine, D’s Shrimp and Grits, Beeter’s Brisket and BBQ, Anita’s Authentic Mexican Street Food, The Jerk Truck: Original Jamaican Grill, PreVail Hawaiian Street Food, Coffee Cookies Charity and East Carolina Italian Ice.
Calvin Johnson, owner of the East Carolina Italian Ice truck, said Bites on the Bridge is an important event for his business. Especially after the pandemic, he said it excites him to meet people again for the first time.
“Events like this are very important to East Carolina Italian Ice because we get to share what we have with the public,” Johnson said. “We get to see smiles, and we get to meet people.”
Johnson said he was excited to finally meet with people again face to face at Bites on the Bridge. COVID-19 challenged his business and to see smiles on people’s faces is what he looked forward to most about the night, he said.
Serving people’s dogs with a water bowl was another way Johnson said he tried to connect with his community.
“Well for the most part people are meeting each other for the first time again one on one. Just walking past each other and saying ‘hi’ is one of the best things,” Johnson said.
East Carolina Italian Ice and other food trucks at Bites on the Bridge were in support of the Pirate community at ECU and the university’s homecoming week. The bridge at the Greenville Town Common was lined with purple and gold balloons.
Johnson said his business plans on serving Italian ice at the homecoming game this Saturday in support of ECU. He said East Carolina Italian Ice hopes to see a pirate victory.
“We are planning on rooting for the East Carolina Pirates all the way,” Johnson said.
Emma Hudson, the president of the Junior League of Greenville (JLG), said gatherings like Bites on the Bridge are important to the Greenville community because it brings people together.
The JLG was the sponsor of the 2021 Bites on the Bridge. The event, for the nonprofit organization, was a fundraiser for leadership initiatives within the league.
“So as an organization, a community, we are very supportive of East Carolina and their students. They (ECU) provide a great education for thousands of students every year. So, we’re happy to be out here as a part of Bites on the Bridge and as a part of homecoming to support the Pirates,” Hudson said.
The Junior League of Greenville uses funds raised at events like Bites on the Bridge for leadership training of its members, Hudson said.