MetroWest residents can get a taste of the food truck phenomenon sweeping the nation in two weekends, as at least 10 food truck vendors roll into the Shopper's World parking lot Oct. 9 for an organized festival.
The WZLX Monster Food Truck Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature a variety of food types, from sea food to grilled cheese to cupcakes, as well as select apparel trucks. Live music will be provided by a local jazz/blues band, Good Question.
Event organizer Anne-Marie Aigner said town officials and organizers have expressed excitement for the upcoming event.
"Framingham has been so welcoming and enthusiastic, and we've been getting a better response than we thought," she said.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will mark the start of the event at 11 a.m., with Framingham Selectmen members Jason Smith, Charlie Sisitsky and Dennis Giombetti joining the WZLX morning show co-hosts to yield the ceremonial scissors.
Aigner said attendees can expect a smoothly run operation with safe sustenance.
"We have had no reports, from anywhere that the food trucks have been, of any problems whatsoever," she said. "The vendors can’t get in without a Board of Health permit, and the fire department monitors everything."
Aigner said organizers expect to draw thousands of residents to the festival.
"If people haven’t already, they will discover the fun of contemporary, modern food trucks, which is very different from anything they've experienced before," she said. "It's gourmet food on four wheels. We look forward to bringing more food truck festivals throughout New England."
The group of organizers, who will also host another food truck event later in the month at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, said the locations for the festivals are strategically planned.
"Part of the reason we look for these types of venues is because there's plenty of parking and a built-in crowd," Aigner said. "We do believe people will come to the food truck festival on its own, but we still need places for people to park. It's also nice to have other types of services available, so they can go shopping or go to the horse race."
The list of truck vendors will constantly update until the actual event, Aigner said.
So far, the list of vendors expected at the Framingham festival is as follows:
- Cool Cow Ice Cream – Ice Cream Truck Events executed with fun, style and flair. Frozen novelties, service and trucks making any event mooo-voulous!
- The Cupcakory – Boston's original cupcake truck creating tasty treats using locally sourced and organic ingredients.
- Daddy’s Fried Dough – Daddy's Fried Dough provides freshly made dough; fried golden brown topped with real butter, powdered sugar and cinnamon.
- The Fashion Truck – Boston's 1st boutique on wheels housing a well-curated mix of chic women's apparel and accessories.
- Firefly’s BBQ – Award Winning BBQ. Servin' up slow smoked ribs, pulled pork, bulldogs, and all the fixins.
- Frozen Hoagies – A new food truck serving homemade Ice Cream sandwiches… pick your cookie, pick your flavor and enjoy!
- Go Fish! – The first food truck by Brother Trucker boasts an array of New England seafood favorites plus American and International classics.
- Grilled Cheese Nation – Boston’s Original Grilled Cheese Truck serves up 8 of New England’s most delicious, chef-inspired grilled cheese sandwiches with "shots" of hot tomato soup!
- Lobsta Love – Precious lobster rolls and award winning clam chowder – savor the sweet taste of summer all year long.
- Mobile Home – A Boston-based food truck offering a selection of thoughtfully prepared dishes inspired by classic home cooking and comfort-style cuisine.
- Snappy Dogs – A tremendously adorable trailer located in downtown Hopkinton, specializing in grilled Pearl hot dogs topped with original relishes and sauces.
- Spoon Truck – From ribs, apple wood smoked chicken to hush puppies and more, this is uncomplicated BBQ.
- Woodman’s of Essex – Since 1914 the Woodman family has served up hearty portions of seafood and memories and now they are taking their award winning restaurant on the road.
Gluten free and vegan options will also be available at select trucks.
Those attending are asked to bring canned foods to be donated to The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Entrance is free, but the price of food will vary.