Food Fun(d) combines food, music and crowdsourcing to help fund new Jacksonville-based ideas. After a successful inaugural event in August, Food Fun(d) has teamed up with One Spark and returns to downtown Jacksonville to help fund a Jacksonville-based idea. Food Fun(d) will take place December 9th from 5:00pm – 9:00pm at the Jacksonville Landing.
The format is simple: attendees pay $1 admission for access to gourmet food trucks, live music from Jonnie Morgan Band and a beer garden. Six Creators will pitch an idea from categories that include Art, Education, Music, Health & Science, Social Good and Technology. Attendees vote on their favorite idea and the winner as decided by public vote is awarded a pot of money that includes the total cost of admission receipts plus up to a $500 match from One Spark.
Food Fun(d) was started by the creators of Jax Truckies, Northeast Florida’s leading resource for food trucks, and Jaxsons Night Market, a new monthly night market in downtown Jacksonville featuring local farmers and artisan small businesses.
The first Food Fun(d) winner in August, Vagabond Coffee, used their winnings to help open a mobile coffee barista in downtown Jacksonville that will soon be expanding into a brick and mortar location. “The impact on Vagabond Coffee was massive,” said Will Morgan of Vagabond Coffee, on winning the first Food Fun(d). “It helped to establish a relationship with The Barnett, where we will be opening our flagship location. I am so grateful for the exposure and doors that were opened from being involved with Food Fun(d).”
“Downtown Jacksonville is at the heart of a burgeoning start-up revolution that is re-shaping our city in a very positive and dramatic way. The goal of Jaxsons Night Market has always been to bring new businesses downtown.” stated Mike Field, Executive Director of Jaxsons Night Market. “We’re very excited to partner with One Spark to help fund ideas that need a push in the right direction, and to do so in a really fun and unique way that celebrates our community. Between institutions like One Spark, CoWork Jax and the exciting changes soon to come at the Jacksonville Landing, downtown Jacksonville is at the forefront of becoming the Southeast’s next great success story.”
“Events like Food Fun(d) might be smaller in scope but have provided a big boost to creative communities in markets throughout the U.S..” said One Spark Executive Director and COO Joe Sampson. “I think what I like about this concept is that it’s another activation in downtown Jacksonville with a mission and purpose that is both economically and community centered.”
Food Fun(d) is provided through in-kind support from One Spark, the Jacksonville Landing and CoWork Jax. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JaxsonsNightMarket, Instagram using handle @JaxsonsNightMarket or on Twitter using handle @JaxsonsMkt
Details for Event
When: Tuesday, 12/9/2014, from 5-9pm
Where: On the river at the end of Hogan Street next to the Jacksonville Landing. Park using free street parking after 6pm or $5 parking in the lot at the Jacksonville Landing.
What: The last Creator meetup of 2014 (and the first since the opening of Creator Registration), Food Fun(d), a performance by Jonnie Morgan Band, and more…all in one great evening!
Details: $1 Cash Admission gets you in and goes directly to the winner. – A bevy of food trucks dispensing delicious cuisine as well as a full bar at your disposal! – 1 Creator will pitch from each category (Art, Education, Music, Health & Science, Social Good and Technology) – The crowd will vote via text message and decide a single winner. – All money raised from admission plus the matched funds from One Spark will go to the single winner as decided by public vote.
About Jaxsons Night Market
Jaxsons Night Market presented by Community First Credit Union is a monthly open-air market in downtown Jacksonville featuring local farmers, artisan makers, street food vendors and a local craft beer garden. For Jaxsons, by Jaxsons, the market features the kinds of small businesses that make Jacksonville unique. Jaxsons Night Market occurs the third Thursday of every month from 5:30pm – 9:00pm in Hemming Park.
About One Spark:
One Spark, The World’s Largest Crowdfunding Festival, is committed to fostering environments of creativity and innovation by connecting artists, entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world with the human and capital resources they need to launch ideas. The One Spark festival is an interactive experience that allows attendees to support ideas and projects that inspire them via voting and direct contributions and decide on the next big thing. One Spark Jacksonville 2015 takes place April 7 – 12, 2015 in downtown Jacksonville, Fla.