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Apr 26, 2019








Cupcakes are on the menu at the NH Food Truck Festival. Courtesy photo.

New Hampshire Food Truck Festival

When: Sunday, Oct. 1, noon to 5 p.m.
Where: Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth
Cost: General admission is $5 in advance or $10 on the day of the festival. VIP tickets can also be purchased for $20 to get you in an hour early. All food is priced per item at each individual food truck.
Participating food trucks
Away Cafe Mobile Kitchen (Hingham, Mass., 781-361-1234,
Big T’s Jerky House & BBQ (Sterling, Mass., 508-723-4488,
Cape Cod Cannolis (Rochester, Mass., 508-813-0644,
The Chubby Chickpea (Canton, Mass., 781-828-6868,
Clyde’s Cupcakes (Exeter, 583-4850,
The Cookie Monstah (Danvers, Mass., 978-539-8564,
Cousins Maine Lobster (626-793-6544,
The Farm at Eastman’s Corner (Kensington, 347-1909,
Gabi’s Smoke Shack (Londonderry, 404-2871,
GottaQ BBQ (Cumberland, R.I., 401-475-1296,
Kerry’s Culinary Creations (Hampton, 838-3825,
Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen (834-4345,
Mediterranean Home Cooking (Boston, 978-882-1782, find them on Facebook)
Patty B’s Mobile Kitchen (Dover, 749-4181,
The Poutine Co. (Old Orchard Beach, Maine, 978-660-5639)
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese (Allston, Mass., 617-202-5864,
Teddy’s LunchBox (Leominster, Mass., 978-289-2436, find them on Facebook)
Vovo’s Kitchen (Fairhaven, Mass., 508-400-0005, find them on Facebook)

Mobile eats
NH Food Truck Festival returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 A variety of specialty items, from gourmet grilled cheeses and tacos to cupcakes and cannolis, will be served out of trucks when the New Hampshire Food Truck Festival returns for its fourth year to Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth on Sunday, Oct. 1.

Food Truck Festivals of America launched in 2011 to bring the popular urban food trend to areas in the country where food trucks aren’t quite as prevalent. 
“We always try not to do our festivals … in major metropolitan areas like Boston or New York City, because those areas are saturated with food trucks on every corner, and it didn’t make sense because people can go to them there every day,” said Janet Prensky of the Massachusetts-based Aigner/Prensky Marketing Group, which created Food Truck Festivals of America. “So to have events like this in Portsmouth, for example, it’s a real treat for people to come experience 20 to 25 different food trucks all in one place.”
Food Truck Festivals of America organizes similar events all across the country, featuring trucks based within a two-hour driving radius of each venue.
“Food trucks are always looking for new markets … and for people up in southern New Hampshire who, for example, may have heard of the Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food truck down in Boston but have never had a chance to get down there and try it, [this event] seemed like a formula that worked very well,” Prensky said.
Prensky said most of the food trucks appearing at the festival have simple but specialty menu items. You can try a gourmet short rib grilled cheese sandwich with Asiago cheese and caramelized onions and sourdough bread from Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, or a “barbecue sundae” from the award-winning Rhode Island-based GottaQ Barbeque, which is a layer of pulled pork topped with a layer of macaroni and cheese, a layer of coleslaw and a layer of cornbread all in one cup.
Other trucks that will be there this year include Clyde’s Cupcakes, Cape Cod Cannolis, Mediterranean Home Cooking and Teddy’s LunchBox. A newcomer to this year’s festival is Cousins Maine Lobster.
“Their specialty is lobster everything, so lobster soups, chowders, quesadillas, paninis, you name it,” Prensky said.
If you’re new to experiencing the food truck trend, Prensky recommends choosing smaller items in order to get the most of out multiple trucks.
“What becomes really fun is getting to graze around a lot of the different trucks, since they are all there for the day and you have the opportunity to do so,” she said. “We often have a waiting list for our festivals and make determinations on what truck goes where … so that there is a nice variety.”
Just eight food trucks participated in Food Truck Festivals of America’s first event in Plymouth, Mass., in 2011. But more than four times as many people showed up for it, so many that the grilled cheese food truck ran out of cheese, Prensky said.
“We actually had to buy 20 pounds of cheese at a nearby market,” she said. “Basically what came out of all of that first event was that we realized food trucks were here to stay and that we were on to something.”
In addition to the trucks, the event will feature craft beers, live music by The Budds, and games like cornhole, giant Jenga and more. Prensky said people are invited to bring blankets and chairs and stay to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival.
“Food trucks are a burgeoning business, and people find they are always pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food,” Prensky said. “So we hope that it’s a great day to just eat, drink and be merry.” 

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