Shrewsbury plans food truck festival in August

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Shrewsbury plans food truck festival in August
Becca Parrish is handed her ice cream from the Uhlman’s Ice Cream food truck at a recent Food Truck Thursdays event in Shrewsbury. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

SHREWSBURY – Every Thursday evening this summer, community members gather on the lawn in front of Shrewsbury’s Town Hall to enjoy the sun and food trucks. 

Now, the town is gearing up for a food truck festival on Aug. 5 at Oak Middle School. 

The event will feature food trucks familiar to attendees of the Food Truck Thursdays events alongside other guests. Superintendent of Public Facilities and Parks Angela Snell said there will also be a deejay and lawn games. 

“[It] should be a fun night,” Snell told the Community Advocate in May. 

Food Truck Thursdays

This is the second full year that the department has held its Food Truck Thursday events.

The events started unofficially during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic when a handful of truck operators reached out to the town seeking a place to sell food in a time when people weren’t eating indoors. 

Last year, Snell then helped organize the event along with the food truck operators. 

For Food Truck Thursdays this year, the town reached out to the trucks who were permitted in Shrewsbury to see who would be interested in participating. 

Nine different vendors responded, nearly doubling the amount of participants seen last year. 

Participants now include Anzio’s Brick Oven Pizza, Say Cheese, Uhlman’s Ice Cream, Moe’s Sweet Eats, Potato Potato, Birds Nest Italian Street Food, Trolley Dogs, Kona Ice and Shishkaberry’s. 

While they’re eyeing their separate August festival, Snell said organizers still schedule about four trucks each week with a mix of entrees and desserts for their weekly food truck nights.

“I like seeing all of the people out on the front lawn and seeing people coming together as a community,” Snell said. “There’s kids running around, there’s people waiting in line — seeing everybody socializing. It’s great having people back together even for an informal event. It’s nice to see that.”

Food Truck Thursdays will run through Oct. 27. The food trucks will be open from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. through the end of September. October food truck days will then wrap up early at 7 p.m.

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