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Chez Rafiki’s




 Spring Food Truck Festival

When: Sunday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: Hood Park, 14 Rollins St., Derry
Cost: Free admission; food is priced per item
Visit: facebook.com/derryed
 
Participating food trucks
Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen (834-4345, flatironcateringnh.com)
Chez Rafiki’s (978-476-6502, facebook.com/chezrafikisfoodtruck)
Clyde’s Cupcakes (583-4850, clydescupcakes.com)
Curb Appeal Meals (Kerry’s Culinary Creations, kerrysculinarycreations.com)
Hickory Stix BBQ (425-8003, hickorystixbbq.rocks)
Somerset Grille (340-3006, facebook.com/somersetgrille)




Take on the trucks
Derry gets its first food truck festival

05/03/18



 By Matt Ingersoll

mingersoll@hippopress.com
 
The success of having three food trucks at Derry’s annual downtown trick-or-treating event last year has prompted a new event: the first annual Spring Food Truck Festival, happening at Hood Park on Sunday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Festival co-organizer Christina Gossel, who serves as a member of the Derry Economic Development Advisory Committee, said the event was capped at six trucks with each showcasing a variety of cuisines.
“They each have their own flair,” she said. “It’s a great culinary experience with so many diverse food options that you wouldn’t typically find at most restaurants.”
Hickory Stix BBQ, for example, offers a menu of fresh barbecue options like smoked brisket, pulled pork, dry rubbed St. Louis ribs, and smoked chicken sandwiches with pineapple, in addition to more traditional favorites like hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled cheese for the kids. Another truck that will be there is Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen, which owner and chef Chris Kozlowski said focuses on authentic Cajun, Creole and Caribbean food.
“We usually have about eight to 10 items for our normal menu, and we’ll have the whole menu available for this particular event,” Kozlowski said. “So we do black and red fish and blackened shrimp tacos with fish that we get shipped directly from New Orleans … and then our hottest sellers are the Cajun chicken jambalaya and the crawfish monica. … We’ve also got kids’ hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream sandwiches.”
Talks to bring a food truck festival to Derry have been in the works since last year, Gossel said, as a way to promote the local businesses downtown. The opportunity eventually arose to have a few local trucks appear during the trick-or-treating event in October. Kozlowski’s truck was one of the three that was there, and was on board when the town began moving forward with a full-scale festival.
“We choose different places to go now based on how we feel about the area, and Derry definitely has a great hometown vibe to it,” he said.
According to Gossel, Hood Park was chosen as the venue because of its proximity to the many shops on Broadway and Crystal Avenue. A 3-on-3 single elimination basketball tournament will be held concurrently at the park. Admission is free to watch as a spectator and $100 per team. There will be cash prizes for first-, second- and third-place teams, with 50 percent of the money being split among the top finishers and the remaining amount to benefit the Hood Park Revitalization Fund.
Gossel said the hope is that the food truck festival will provide more foot traffic to several of the other areas in downtown Derry.
“There are lots of great restaurants and cool shops on Broadway, and we want people to be able to see all that Derry has to offer,” she said. “Food trucks are growing in popularity, and so we saw it as a great way for people to get outside and become engaged in the community.” 





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