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2nd annual Southern New Hampshire Food Truck Festival

When: Saturday, Sept. 23, 1 to 6 p.m.
Where: Holman Stadium, 67 Amherst St., Nashua
Cost: $5 in advance, $10 at the door, and free for kids ages 6 and under
Visit: iugonashua.com
 
Participating food trucks
Boogalow’s Island BBQ (Seabrook, 818-1938, boogalowsbbq.com)
Chez Rafiki’s (Lowell, Mass., 978-476-6502, facebook.com/chezrafikisfoodtruck)
Chik Chak Food Truck (Boston, 617-213-5030, chikchakfoodtruck.com)
Empanada Dada (Lowell, Mass., 978-697-1621, empanadadada.com)
Farm to Coast Mobile Kitchen (Portland, Maine, 207-409-8173, farmtocoastcatering.com)
The Forking Awesome Food Truck (Hooksett, 486-2688, awesomenh.com)
Kerry’s Culinary Creations (Hampton, 838-3825, kerrysculinarycreations.com)
Let’s Roll Egg Rolls (Lowell, Mass., 857-445-6019, letsrolleggrolls.com)
Northeast Pie Co. (Rochester, 201-694-7243, facebook.com/northeastpiecompany)
Phoenix Rising Pizza (Lowell, Mass., 978-347-1077, phoenixrising.pizza)
Pomaire Chilean Food Truck (Nashua, 978-869-7851, facebook.com/pomairebostonchilean)
The Poutine Co. (Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 978-660-5639, facebook.com/thepoutinecompany)
Todd’s StreetSide Grille (Rye, 828-5812, facebook.com/toddsstreetsidegrille)
Tracy Girl Food Truck Co. (Laconia, 393-7430, tracygirlfoodtruck.com)
7th Settlement Brewery (Dover, 373-1001, 7thsettlement.com)




Food truck frenzy
Southern NH Food Truck Festival moves to Holman Stadium

09/21/17
By Matt Ingersoll listings@hippopress.com



 Nashua doesn’t usually see high food-truck traffic, but it will when more than a dozen trucks from across New England visit the city for the second annual Southern New Hampshire Food Truck Festival.

This year’s event, happening on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Holman Stadium, will feature nearly three times as many food trucks as last year’s.
Michael Aquino, chairman for the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce Young Professional group, or iUGO Nashua, said the group introduced the event to the Gate City last year as an experiment to see how much interest in the community would be generated. Six food trucks from Nashua and other New England cities and towns were featured at the festival, which attracted more than 400 people.
“I think people generally think of food trucks as having a below average kind of food, but quite frankly most people are surprised how great the items are,” he said. “I think it’s because most of these trucks have small and specialty menus, so therefore they have the opportunity to put more effort into preparing and serving quality food.”
Fifteen food trucks will be participating in this year’s festival, including Todd’s StreetSide Grille and Kerry’s Culinary Creations, two that Aquino said appeared last year and are returning. Each of the trucks offers a different kind of food, giving visitors plenty of options to choose from to discover something new.
“There are trucks doing poutine, there’s wood-fired pizza, there’s empanadas, and a couple of trucks that have a bit more of gourmet type of menu items, so it’s got a pretty good gamut,” Aquino said.
Other trucks will include barbecue food, Mexican food and even an egg roll truck, according to Chamber of Commerce Director of Marketing Lizzie Doherty.
This year’s festival will also feature live music from The Rampage Trio from 2 to 5 p.m., as well as beer sales and local vendors.
“There was a lot of interest from the Silver Knights and Holman Stadium to participate this year, and we knew that to make it a bigger event for us, we needed a bigger space,” Doherty said. “So they’ve allowed us to use a lot of their resources.”
Aquino said the festival was introduced not only to capitalize on the food truck trend, but also as a tie-in to iUGO Nashua’s efforts to bring new events to the young professionals community in the city.
“One of the challenges in doing a food truck event in Nashua is that you just don’t see them nearly as much day-to-day as you would with a place like Boston, where the presence is huge,” he said. “So we definitely hope that it gives people a chance to get outside and try something different.” 





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