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Food Truck Fest Revs Up Friday in Fitchburg

May 7, 2019

FITCHBURG -- Fourteen food trucks from around Central Massachusetts will come to River Styx Brewing this Friday for the city’s first Food Truck Festival.

“It’s going to be a pretty big deal,” said Mark Gallant, coordinator for the Central MA Food Truck Alliance, which is hosting the city’s festival. “It’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The festival will run Friday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. outside the brewery. Admission is free.

Gallant said the Facebook event for the festival is the second-fastest growing compared to those for other festivals through the Central MA Food Truck Alliance.

As of Monday, more than 400 people said they plan to attend the festival and nearly 6,000 are interested in coming.

At the festival, people are welcome to walk around the lot and sample dishes from the food trucks, eat at tables, and listen to live music. They can also stop inside the brewery and have a drink.

The lineup will include the city’s own Capo Italian food truck and Zapata Mexican Cocina, which has a restaurant on Lunenburg Street and a food truck that often parks in front of City Hall.

Other trucks that will be at the festival will offer a variety of cuisines, including Asian fusion, Chilean, and barbecue.

Most of the food trucks will offer a “tasting menu” with smaller portions of food that aren’t as expensive, Gallant said, which would allow people to eat from multiple trucks and help speed up service.

Because of limited space, only 14 food trucks will be at the festival, he said.

Planning for the food truck event has been underway for about three months, Gallant said.

The food truck alliance reached out to the city about holding the event, he said, and from there it has supported the event.

“It’s really the City of Fitchburg that is the driving force behind this,” Gallant said. “Our hope is that with this year this will take off.”

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