Update: the festival organizer changed the price for tickets to $5. Bring your ticket back on Sunday and pay only $2 admission!
Connecticut peeps really like their food trucks. And, on July 19 and 20 from 11-7 on both days, CT peeps are gonna fall straight up, head-over-heels in LOVE with a helluva lot of food trucks at the The Connecticut Food Truck Festival at the North Haven Fairgrounds. Although the final details are still being worked out, there are already a few dozen trucks that have been signed up, with 40-50 expected by the time of the festival. That brings this festival into the record books here in CT as the biggest food truck festival. The previous record was at Westbrook Tanger Outlets with about 20 food trucks, and the recent RBS Food Truck Festival clocking in at 15. And, the top record will soon be broken with an estimated 33 trucks at the Hamden Food Truck Festival…still not as big as the CT Food Truck Fest, though.
There will be an entry fee, but it won’t be much at all: $
2 5 per person with a maximum amount of $5 per person with seniors and kids 17 and under free. A portion of that money will go towards advertising, making the event great, and donating to a local food bank. Not a bad deal at all! In addition to the massive amounts of trux, there will be bands, a retail area, crafts, and artisan vendors too!
“It’s going to be great because there will be lots of food trucks from around the state that people don’t normally get to see,” said Rob Craven, organizer of the event and owner of Connecticut Insiders. “The festival will not only feature the gourmet trucks (we all have our favorites), but there are lots of brand new food trucks that have just launched. So, it’s great to bring all the new trucks out who are just getting started. And, what a great place to advertise and let people know about you with thousands and thousand of people in attendance.”
As for Rob, he’s no stranger to bringing the community together. He has 10 years of experience of building up international companies to success, but at the end of the day it left him feeling unfulfilled. So, he took things in a new direction and decided that he wanted to start a company that supports local businesses. His recent endeavors include helping to open the North Haven Flea and Farmers Market in the hopes of building one of the largest markets in CT. He is also ready to launch Connecticut Insiders, which is a deals site similar to Groupon, that is focused on local business. Unlike the big-name deal sites, they’ll charge only a small fee. To Rob, it’s all about “starting where you live” and making a difference in your local community. “CT has taken a beating with companies leaving, so it’s important to help support the companies that stay and change things up.”
They’ll be teasing the participating food trucks over the next couple of weeks and will be releasing more information shortly. Already, you can expect to see Fruit Whirled, The Whey Station, The Spud Stud, and Aurora’s Gypsy Cafe on both days. Check back with us and check out their FB page for more up-to-date info.
And, if you’re a food truck owner and would like to be there on either or both days, please contact Rob Craven at email@example.com get in on the action.
Aurora’s Gypsy Cafe (both days)
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Truck (both days)
Bounty Food Truck (Sunday)
The Buzz Truck (both days)
DiSorbo’s Bakery Truck (both days)
Four Flours Bakery (both days)
Fruit Whirled (both days)
Gotta Q BBQ (both days)
Local Meatball (both days)
Mamoun’s Falafel Truck (both days)
Pierogies on Wheels (both days)
The Spud Stud (both days)
Tampa’s (both days)
Vanchetta (both days)
The Whey Station (both days)
1st Annual Connecticut Food Truck Festival
Time: 11-7 pm
Cost: $2 per person, $5 per family, kids 17 and under and seniors are free
North Haven Fairgrounds
300 Washington Avenue
North Haven, CT