Cape Cod Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival grows, has music, games

Cape Cod Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival grows, has music, games

Good news for adventurous foodies: The 10th annual Cape Cod Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival will be held Saturday afternoon, and there are expected to be 30 food trucks and close to 50 craft beers, seltzers and ciders to choose from.

Organizers of the gourmet food truck festival, held at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds in East Falmouth since 2012, expect at least 4,000 people to enjoy this local event, which will offer several types of food not included in the past. The event is one of more than a dozen such food and brew fests in the New England area sponsored by Food Truck Festivals of America (FTFA).

Melynda and Dan Hernandez of Lakeville find the wait is worth it for the pulled rib meat in mac and cheese at a popular truck at last year's Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival in East Falmouth.

“People want to be out there to try different foods and enjoy fun family events,” says Anthony Pepe, FTFA’s owner and executive producer. Last year’s Cape festival, which reopened after missing a year due to COVID-19 concerns, attracted what he calls a “huge” attendance following the forced hiatus.

With about 10 additional food purveyors this year, he says he hopes that people may “hang out and stay longer to enjoy the day,” with an added opportunity to vote online for their favorite gourmet truck.

Besides eating and drinking, there will be chances to play lawn games like cornhole and giant Jenga, face-painting and an inflatable bounce house for the kids. Live music will play throughout the day, and there will be an artisan market of creative crafters whose booths will show off apparel, jewelry, glassware, crafts, candles and treats and supplies for pets.

Last year, Avery, then 7, left, and 4-year-old Cody Brunetti chowed down on milk chocolate covered strawberries at the Cape Cod Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival.

From several food trucks new to the festival, look for flavors from Lebanon via the truck Villa of Lebanon; Italian pizza favorites from PieSons; empanadas from Latin America provided by Matilda; and an iconic New England menu from Cousins ​​Maine Lobster, a food truck business that began in 2012 with an on-air boost from ABC’s long-running TV show “Shark Tank.”

All food offerings are cooked right on the premises, according to the festival website, offering a wide range of flavors from around the world.

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