New York has its food truck festivals, Boston, has its food truck festivals, and now Connecticut has a major festival, too. Let’s count ‘em: 15-25 food trucks from Connecticut and surrounding states will show up at the Westbrook Tanger Outlets on 4/27-4/28. Plus, Westbrook Assistant Manager David DelVecchio says he’ll be updating the list (we’ll update for you, too) every few days as Food Trucks 2 Go brings new trucks in. There is absolutely no fee for attending, so you can use that saved dough to pig out. Here is the list as of 4/7:
- Away Café
- Away Café BBQ Truck
- Captain Marden’s Seafood (Saturday only)
- Caseus Cheese Truck (Sunday only)
- Chicken & Rice Guys (Saturday only)
- The Chubby Chickpea
- The Cupcake Brake
- Food Extrovert
- The Happy Taco
- High Tide Gourmet (Sunday only)
- Hog Wild
- Munchies Food Truck (Saturday Only)
- Spud Stud
- The Sugar Bakery Cup Cake
- Whey Station (Sunday Only)
The food trucks will be there for om noming from 11 am to 6 pm and there will be lots of live music to provide a soundtrack for your gorging pleasure. We’re talking The Red Hill Rockers, The Sin Sisters, The Shiney Lapel Trio, and others. There will also be live cooking demos from Clarke, Kitchen Aid, Soda Stream, Williams Sonoma, Chef Kashia, and lots more.
And, there will also be some major cook offs! On Saturday, 4/27, from 11 am to 4 pm the Westbrook Tanger Outlets is hosting the Backyard BBQ Cook Off. The contest is open to the public, but only 100 people can enter the contest for Best Ribs and Best Wings. While there is a cash fee to enter, all of that money goes into the prize pool making winning quite profitable. Call up (860) 399-8656 for your spot in the contest.
Then, wrapping things up, there will be the Tanger Chowder Cook Off on Sunday from 12 to 3 pm. Local restaurants will be competing to win the prize of best chowder and you get the direct benefit. Yes, don’t worry…you’ll get to try all the chowders and you’ll get to vote. All the proceeds are going directly to Westbrook High School Project Graduation: an organization run by parents to help pay for the graduation ceremony, balloons, a yearbook supplement, and a “safe grad night trip.”
We definitely plan on hitting this festival up! Which trucks are you most excited about? We definitely want to head back to FryBorg because we loved their chili fries and would love to try out Hog Wild, The Cupcake Brake, Munchies, and Spud Stud.
Here are complete details with times:
LIVE Music – Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm
The Red Hill Rockers, The Sin Sisters, The Shiny Lapel Trio and Full Circle.
LIVE Demonstrations – Saturday & Sunday, 11am - 6pm
CLARKE, Kitchen Aid, Soda Stream, Williams Sonoma, Chef Kashia and more!
Backyard Barbecue Contest - Saturday, 10am – 4pm
Open to the public – first 100 entrants. Cash prizes and awards for the best Ribs and Wings. Call for details (860) 399-8656 Ext. 101.
Chowder Cook Off – Sunday, Noon - 3pm - Taste chowders from area restaurants and vote for your favorite – Bills Seafood, Lenny & Joe’s Fish Tale, Westbrook Lobster, The Old Schoolhouse Deli and The Restaurant at Water’s Edge. Proceeds to benefit Westbrook High School Project Graduation. Come early, while supplies last only
Westbrook Tanger Outlets Food Truck Festival and Cook Offs