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I had read several blog posts about food truck festivals in the city, how people said you should get there early because the lines are so long and the food runs out…that being said, I figured a festival outside of the city wouldn’t be as crowded. I bought tickets online ahead of time, but you really didn’t need to. The tickets were $7 in advance, and $10 at the festival. A portion of the ticket sales were donated to the Red Cross. The tickets got you special prices at the food trucks, usually $1-3 off. Parking was good- we didn’t have any trouble finding a spot, and it was Sunday, so it was free. We headed toward the park in Natick Center and get our tickets. The line to buy tickets was shorter and going faster than the advance purchase tickets. You could also buy tickets from any one of the volunteers walking around the event.

Here was the lineup: Amanda’s on Wheels, A4 Truck, Batch Ice Cream, Benny’s Crepe Cafe, Bon Me, Boston Super Dog, Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Chicken on the Road, The Chubby Chickpea Mobile , Compliments, The Dining Car, Frozen Hoagies, Insanewiches, M&M BBQ Ribs, The Pasta Pot, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, The Happy Taco, The Whoo(pie) Wagon, Trolley Dogs.

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With two of us, we felt like we needed a system. We each waited in one line and bought food for the two of us to share, hitting more trucks than if we waited in line together. There were some trucks here that I knew were around the city, so I didn’t feel an urgency to go there. Some, however, don’t make it into the city – so we wanted to hit those up for sure.

IMG_0009 We started with the Dining Car. One of my all time favorites – they hit up Back Bay during the week, but we decided to wait in line anyway – it was moving quickly. We picked up the pulled pork sandwich with picked cabbage. We loved this – the pork was tender and the sandwich had a nice sweetness to it from the picked veggies and the sauce. We ended our day by going back and grabbing a second one of these babies.

IMG_0007There were some special items on the menu at each truck that were only for people who had tickets/wristbands.

IMG_0008We also grabbed some crispy cauliflower from the Dining Dar, a favorite of mine – eat it quickly though as it doesn’t taste as good when it’s cooled down.

The Dining Car on Urbanspoon

IMG_0012Izze was there handing out free samples to help wash down all the food we had been consuming.

IMG_0013Already brand fans, we hopped in line to grab some peach flavored juice.

IMG_0011Food Should Taste good was also at the event handing out free bags of chips and coupons. Love their chips. Blue corn is top on my list.

IMG_0014We didn’t wait in line for Augustas, while the chicken smelled and looked delicious, the line was one of the longest ones.

IMG_0015Chubby Chickpea makes its way into the city frequently, so we didn’t stop there either.

IMG_0016I hadn’t even hear of the Whoo(pie) Wagon before, so we were pumped to try this truck.

IMG_0017We had the original – the filling didn’t taste like regular whoopie pie filling, it was more of a sweet buttercream frosting. The cake was fresh and really tasty.

IMG_0018We also picked up a chocolate chip whoopie. Yum! This was probably the better of the two whoopies. The line was going quickly as the whoopies were pre made.

Whoop(ie) Wagon on Urbanspoon

IMG_0019The menu from Compliments.

IMG_0020Check out the menu from The Happy Taco. We were dying to try the lobster taco, and made the mistake of not waiting in line early. Since the line was long, we figured we would go over to City Hall where there were some other trucks parked. Big mistake. By the time we walked back from that lot, they had run out of everything but fish tacos.

IMG_0021There were certainly people grumbling about trucks running out of food, a woman next to me in line was quite upset. Lady, it’s not like the trucks have unlimited storage space…I’m sure they packed the trucks with as much food as they could.

IMG_0022Frozen Hoagies, another favorite of mine. Every time I go here, the sandwich sizes are different, the first time, two cookies and boat loads of ice cream, the second time, one cookie broken in half and ice cream, this time, two mini cookies and ice cream. Here is the fudge brownie cookie and chocolate chip ice cream.

IMG_0023The one thing that is consistent is that they give you TONS of ice cream!

Asia Dog on Urbanspoon

IMG_0024M&M Ribs is out of Dorchester – they were very popular at the festival.

IMG_0026We waited in line for about 45 minutes for the Pasta Pot. They were running what looked to be a full menu, as opposed to an abbreviated menu like the other trucks. Many of the people in line were waiting for fried dough which held up the line.

IMG_0027The trucks parked around the outside of the lot while people formed lines inside the parking lot. Snapple was in this lot giving away free samples of their drinks while WAAF was blasting music in the far corner.

IMG_0028I love that Batch ice cream has a truck – we grabbed an ice cream while we waited in line for the Pasta Pot.

IMG_0029I’ve had the vanilla and the coffee (delish!), today, we tried the salted caramel. Really tasty – and the flavor wasn’t overwhelming (like some salted caramel things can be). Love the truck, it’s super clever – I am definitely a brand fan.

IMG_0030Finally we got to the front of the line for the Pasta Pot. I grabbed us some mac and cheese with meatballs.

IMG_0031The mac and cheese was good, the sauce was light. The meatballs however were in a red sauce, which was a little weird on top of the mac and cheese. The meatballs were tasty and bite sized. I might recommend that they cut down their menu next time they do a festival – it would certainly cut down on the wait time. The food was good, but I probably wouldn’t wait in line for an hour again to try something else.

We ended the day at around 3:30 (we started at noon). Our bellies were full and we were ready to throw in the towel.  For next year, I would like to see more vendors here – this would be a great opportunity for brands to get out there and sample their products. Need ketchup on those fries that you just bought? Try this gourmet ketchup. I think people would really appreciate snacking on some free samples while they are waiting in line for the food trucks.

Local Pickins was at the festival – asking people to sign up and take pictures of what they were eating. You had a chance to win a a $20 gift card to a food truck, I won for my Frozen Hoagies photo!

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