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15,000 attend second annual Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival in East Boston

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  October 4, 2012 04:18 PM

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(Food Truck Festivals of New England)

Thousands attended the second annual Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival in East Boston on Sept. 22. Seen here in a photo from the roof of Suffolk Downs are the trucks for Redbones BBQ, Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, and the Chicken & Rice Guys.

The Suffolk Downs racetrack recently played host to one of the largest food truck events in New England, drawing an estimated 15,000 people to sample from 23 trucks offering snacks ranging from crepes to Asian dumplings to whoopie pies.

Held on Sept. 22, the second annual Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival was the most successful of the five festivals produced by Food Truck Festivals of New England this year, surpassing by 50 percent the approximately 10,000 who attended the East Boston festival in 2011.

“It’s so exciting to be creating annual traditions such as the Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival — we hope it continues and look forward to creating destination events that bring some of the best gourmet food trucks in New England together with thousands of hungry and grateful guests ,” said Anne-Marie Aigner, executive producer of the festival, in an email.

“We’re lucky to have such great food trucks to work with — and look forward to our remaining 2012 festivals and the festivals we hope to produce in 2013,” Aigner continued.

In addition to dishes from the likes of Boston Super Dog, the Happy Taco, and Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, the event included a live band — the Bill McGoldrick Duo, a DJ from ACM Entertainment Group, sampling tables, and, naturally, horse racing.

Food Truck Festivals of New England will also host festivals in Framingham on Oct. 6, and in Newport, R.I., on Oct. 20.

(Photos continue below.)

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(Food Truck Festivals of New England)

Smiling festival attendees paused for a photo in front of the Go Fish! truck.

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(Food Truck Festivals of New England)

Among the many and varied options that festival-goers could choose from was this lamb taco from the Happy Taco.

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(Chip Bott)

Festival attendees could enjoy their grilled cheese sandwiches, barbecue, and tacos while watching the horses race past.

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