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Aug 18, 2018








Empanada Dada. Courtesy photo.

 Food Truck Festival

When: Friday, Aug. 17, 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 18, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Northeast Delta Dental Stadium, 1 Line Drive, Manchester
Cost: Free admission; foods are priced per item at each truck
No pets or chairs are allowed, but guests are welcome to bring blankets. 
More food festivals
For more foodie fun this weekend, check out these food and brew festivals happening in the Granite State. For more information, visit, click on “past issues,” then click on the Aug. 9 issue and turn to pages 30 and 32.
• Taste from several dozen locally made chilis at the Henniker Rotary Club’s 16th annual Fire on the Mountain Chili Fest, which returns to Pats Peak Ski Area (686 Flanders Road, Henniker) on Sunday, Aug. 19, from noon to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $12 per person, $6 for kids ages 10 and under and free for kids and toddlers. Your ticket grants you access to sample as many chilis as you want in 1-ounce cups, plus all of the car show areas, live music, children’s activities and more. Visit
• The annual Gate City Brewfest & Wing Competition returns to Holman Stadium (67 Amherst St., Nashua) for the sixth year on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 1 to 5 p.m. The festival is presented by the Bellavance Beverage Co. and the Nashua Park & Recreation Department and features tastings from dozens of local craft breweries, a chicken wing competition by several local restaurants, live music, children’s activities and more. The cost is $25 in advance (through Aug. 17), $35 on the day of the event, $10 for designated drivers and attendees under 21, and free for kids ages 12 and under. Visit
Participating food trucks
Al’Burrito (find them on Facebook) 
B’s Tacos (find them on Facebook; 
Friday only)
Bird’s Nest (
Canterbury Kettle Corn (find them on Facebook) 
Clyde’s Cupcakes ( 
Cravin’ Shallot (
Empanada Dada (
Ice Cream for You (; Saturday only)
Just Chill’n Cool Beverages & Treats (; Friday only)
Prime Time Grilled Cheese (; Saturday only)
Sal’s Pizza (
Tracy Girl Food Truck Co. (find them on Facebook; Friday only)

Mobile eats on the field
Fisher Cats host their first food truck festival


 By Matt Ingersoll
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats are adding to the food truck trend with a new event. The first annual Food Truck Festival at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium will feature all kinds of locally made food items from nearly a dozen trucks over the course of two days, on Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18.
Stephanie Fournier, director of hospitality and special events for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, said each truck will be parked on the warning track in the outfield for both days. Infield areas will be sanctioned off to welcome people to bring blankets, listen to live music and play lawn games like cornhole, giant Connect Four and giant tic-tac-toe.
“We’re always trying to do more things and try some new things out while the team is on the road,” Fournier said, “and for me personally, having a food truck festival is something I’ve been wanting to do.”
Most of the attending trucks will be there for both days, according to Fournier, while some will be there on Friday only and some on Saturday only. Among the choices will be Empanada Dada, a Lowell, Mass.-based Cuban food truck serving fresh beef and chicken empanadas, and B’s Tacos of Londonderry, which will serve tacos, burritos, rice bowls and other Mexican option.
Fournier, who volunteered during this year’s Food Trucks for CASA event, said the goal was to bring a lineup of trucks that each offered something different.
“We have the PoutineFest here of course, which is great, but that’s obviously more of a specific thing,” she said. “With food trucks, it really is ... a lot of different foods that give people an opportunity to try a little bit of everything. We have one that’s doing fried manicotti, one that’s doing Mediterranean food … and then we’ve got the Ice Cream for You truck. It’s a gentleman who renovated an old novelty ice cream truck from the 1960s.”
In addition to inviting the trucks, the New Hampshire Fisher Cats will also be offering portable bars on the field, and will have the Tiki Bar open for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 
The first day of the event on Friday night will also feature an appearance by representatives of WGIR-FM (Rock 101) from 5 to 10 p.m.
Other festivities during the day on Saturday will include bounce houses, face-painting, lawn games, and live musical performances by Ryan Jarvis of The Budds (from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and April Cushman (from 1 to 3 p.m.).
“We’re really excited to host our first food truck festival and we’d love to make it an annual thing,” Fournier said. 

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