Food lovers rejoice: the Cambridge Food Truck Festival rolls into town on June 8. Cambridge will host the first of six such festivals in New England this summer from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kendall Square. Wristbands for entry will cost $7 in advance or $10 at the gates, and will entitle you to entertainment and special festival prices at the trucks. Need more reason to indulge? One dollar of each wristband sale will benefit the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.
To make the most of your festival and ensure that all your cravings are satisfied, here’s what to expect from each of the festival’s 22 trucks. Sample servings and full meals can be purchased from most trucks, though full menus have yet to be announced.
New England is best known for its seafood, and Lobsta Love has made a name for itself by serving New Englanders’ oceanic obsession. Expect this truck to shell out its award-winning clam chowder or maybe even its less traditional lobster mac and cheese.
Newburyport Crab Cake Company
Crab cakes are one of the most essential seafood treats, and the Newburyport Crab Cake Company sells its cakes to three stores in Newburyport and Amesbury in addition to catering events from an extensive menu. This truck will surely sell its namesake seafood dish, but some other surprises like its signature desserts might turn up as well.
Bon Me will be living up to its motto of “serving the people of Boston and Cambridge bold, fresh, and fun cuisine” with its wide selection of Vietnamese culinary delights. The original Bon Me sandwich can be expected, as well as noodles, rice and fresh vegetables.
The Fugu Truck
Fugu desires to “transport the street food experience of Asia to the streets of Boston” with sesame or peanut noodles and pulled or braised pork. The Fugu Truck features the magnificent talent of Chef Bing, who pursued his culinary degree in France to follow his passion for cooking.
Mei Mei Street Kitchen
Mei Mei Street Kitchen has a lot riding on it after being named Boston Magazine’s Best Meal on Wheels and announcing the opening of its first brick-and-mortar location. All of this truck’s food is locally raised (or grown) and its menu is updated each day on its Tumblr page, so if you’re looking for a festival menu for the Chinese-American eatery, that might be your best bet.
Area Four is known for serving the highest quality of food decadence. Festival goers will be wowed with possible food choices like specialty gyro sandwiches, hearty pizza slices, or portions of classic comfort foods such as macaroni and cheese. With its brick-and-mortar store located in the tech-driven neighborhood of Cambridge, Area Four raises its standards accordingly and plans on serving up culinary excellence.
The Boston Super Dog Truck
Boston Super Dog will have you saying “who let the dogs out” with its famous all beef hot dogs. Authentic hot sandwiches will most likely be available as well, in addition to their well-known baskets of fries.
Compliments Food Truck
The chefs may not be telling you how great you look in your new sundress, but they will be complimenting your palate with delicious sandwiches and sides for you and your friends. Their use of puns in names such as the “Hot Chick” chicken sandwich will have you laughing and glad that you dined at such a unique food mobile.
M&M BBQ Ribs
Ribs, barbeque chicken and fried chicken wings – this truck’s menu is simple but caters to the taste America is known for. Head to M&M for a classic barbeque experience on wheels.
Pizza is another classic American(ized) dish, and Sweet Tomatoes serves it up the classic way. Its menu includes cheese, pepperoni, pesto, and barbecue chicken slices, so look for any or all of the above when you stop by their truck this weekend.
Trolley Dogs calls itself the “duke of dogs,” but it’s up to you to decide. Take a cross-country road trip with its four all-beef dogs: the Tex Mex, New Yorker, California Dog or Chicago Dog.
Grilled Cheese Nation
Grilled Cheese Nation promises to provide a grilled cheese sandwich that goes beyond average, using organic breads, locally-sourced cheeses and gourmet ingredients. In addition to your cheesy delight, you can also enjoy a “shot” of fresh gazpacho soup!
In less than two years, Pennypacker’s has gone from a single truck to two trucks and a soon-to-open storefront location in Magoun Square in Somerville. Its signature porchetta sandwiches have certainly resonated with food truck fans, so be sure to fuel up with one before the day is over.
Roxy’s Grilled Cheese
Roxy’s site boasts an appearance on the Food Network and recently served festival goers at the inaugural Boston Calling, so it could be the star of the show this weekend. If you’re looking for a grilled cheese that goes beyond the basic white bread and American slice, look no further than Roxy’s.
Chubby Chickpea will have both vegans and carnivores back for more. With their selection of crispy falafel sandwiches and fresh salads, the Chubby Chickpea Mobile will put a new spin on healthy, wholesome food!
The Dining Car
The Dining Car staff does not suggest that you eat and drive. Instead, they hope that you will sit and simply enjoy their eccentric entrées and vegetarian-friendly menu options, including tossed salads and specialty sandwiches.
Don’t be fooled by the name – Taco Party does indeed serve tacos, but this isn’t your standard Mexican food. This truck brings vegetarian food to the streets, serving up its tacos with tempeh, seitan, and tofu, and even offers vegan cheese. Not feeling particularly carnivorous? Then this is the truck for you.
The Frozen Hoagies Truck has the chance to serve you a quality, decadent dessert. Two bakery fresh cookies sandwich a portion of handmade ice cream to form the most delectable dairy treat that will satisfy even the most stubborn sweet tooth!
Kickass Cupcakes is sure to provide you with a dessert that will kick your taste buds into high gear! Flavor options for the Food Truck Festival are still undetermined, but expect a choice of both classic and limited edition cupcake delights!
The Whoo(pie) Wagon
Save some room for dessert! The Whoo(pie) Wagon serves up whoopie pies in a variety of flavors from chocolate chip to pumpkin, and while it has yet to announce its festival lineup, one choice that you can prepare yourself to make is the filling. Will you pick marshmallow fluff or vanilla cream cheese?
The Sweet Truck
Delicious dessert on wheels? Check. The Flour Girls Baking Company, known for their sandwiches and sweet treats, will bring the latter to the festival, likely in the form of its popular cupcakes and cookies. Yum!
Baja Taco Truck
Bajo Taco will be providing authentic Mexican-American cuisine at reasonable portions. Customers can expect fan favorites, such as the Boston-style California Burrito or the grilled chicken tacos. Their commitment to culinary excellence will have your inner mariachi band dancing atop your taste buds!
-Jake Reed and Jen Morgan