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GETTING OUT: Food Truck Festival Comes to Elm Park

Thursday, July 12, 2012


The Food Truck Festival of New England is making a stop at Elm Park on Saturday, and this event is not to be missed!

Worcester is the festival’s third stop, and comes in from Salem, NH.

Food trucks, which have been made popular by the Food Network show, have been making their way to New England, and more than 30 are parked throughout the metro Boston area, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

More than 20 trucks are expected to be at Worcester’s festival. Here is a sampling to whet your appetite.

Sweet Truck by Flour Girls Baking Co.

Showcasing family dessert recipes started as a sweet shop for owner and operator Jill Houck before she decided to take them on the road.

Featuring Ginger-Molasses Cookies, which Houck has shipped as far as Hawaii, and Lemon Bars, Snickerdoodles, and Chocolate Chip Cookies, Houck’s signature treat and best seller are apple-cider donut holes. Houck also offers seasonal treats including fruit cobblers in the summer and pies at the holidays.

Max Dawgs

Leominster based Max Dawgs is a recent addition to the line up and will be serving Chicken Caesar Wrap, Turkey Wrap and Loaded Homefries.

Go Fish!

Go Fish! is bringing its fresh summer gazpacho, which chef Dave Stein is offering with or without crab, seafood fritters, griddled catfish tacos and shrimp burgers.

“We make everything from scratch,” Stein said. “I have 30 years experience in the restaurant business, and I launched my truck in June 2011.”

Stein said he is bringing his gourmet restaurant experience to the food truck business, and serves lunch six days a week and dinner three days a week, also does high end catering out of his truck.

Gabi’s Smoke Shack

New this year to the Food Truck Festival, New Hampshire based Gabi's Smoke Shack brings a little bit of Texas in every bite of our low-n-slow cooked BBQ. Owner Anthony Martino got started last year, after 10 years of cooking Texas BBQ for family and friends.

“It all got started when I got laid off two years ago, and I told my wife that I was going to serve barbeque on the side of the road,” Martino said.

Martino, who serves lunch during the week at the Harley-Davidson store of Nashua, in Merrimack, NH, said he is looking to be a part of Worcester’s Food Truck Festival. “I’ll be there smoking chicken,” he said.

Gabi’s truck features a 25 feet mobile kitchen with an Ole Hickory Pit, where they cook down home Texas BBQ on site. Saturday’s menu options include Pulled Pork sandwiches and tacos, smoked chicken, and red beans and rice.

Grilled Cheese Nation

From the Boston Common (Vermont cheddar with tomatoes and or smoked bacon) to the Blue Man Goo (Blue Cheese and Organic Fig Spread with Aged Balsamic on pecan raisin bread ), the Swiss Family Boston and the Smore, Grilled Cheese Nation has raised the lowly lunch staple to an art form.

Other participating trucks and their menus include: 

Away Café: Grilled Cuban Sandwich, Drunken Beef Sub, Hawaiian Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich, Thai Basil Wings
Bon Me: ‘Bon Me’ Sandwich, Soba Noodle Salad, Thai Basil Lemonade, Vietnamese Iced Coffee
Boston Super Dogs: Deep-Fried Grillo Pickles, Hot Dogs, Charred-Grill Pastrami
Captain Marden’s The Cod Squad: Clam Chowder, Coconut Shrimp, Fish Cakes, Lobster Roll
Cookie Monstah: Fresh Baked Cookies, Cookie Splits, Signature Ice Cream Sammies, Ice Cream Bowls
Daddy’s Fried Dough: Gourmet Fried Dough
Frozen Hoagies: Assorted Ice Cream Sandwiches, Ice Cream Bowls, Cookies
Juniper Farms Ice Cream: Assorted Ice Creams Pops
Kona Ice: Assorted Hawaiian Shaved Ices, Many Self-Serve Options
Lobsta Love: Lobster Quesadillas, Sliders, Mac & Cheese, and Rolls
M&M Ribs: Beef Brisket Sandwich, 3-Bone Teaser, Half Slab of Ribs, Mac & Cheese, Baked Beans, Sweet Tea
Trolley Dogs: Hot Dogs, Italian Ices

The festival runs from 11 am till 4 pm, and will take place rain or shine.

Tickets for the festival are sold in groups of 10, 20, 30 or 40. Individual trucks will determine how many tickets are needed. Advance purchase is recommended, and tickets are available online. Click here to purchase tickets. 


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