BROCKTON -- The city’s first food truck festival saw a turnout in the thousands at the Westgate Mall Saturday afternoon.
“I think it’s exceeded our expectations,” said Luciano Villani, vice president of the mall. “It’s been well-received by the community.”
People of all ages, as well as a few canine companions, meandered around the “Brews & Bites” festival, which took place from noon to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the mall. There was no admission fee.
The festival featured eight food trucks: Across the Border Food Truck, Away Cafe, Ben and Jerry’s, Lady C and J Soul Food, Mangia Food Truck, Mom On the Go Food Truck and Restaurant, The Sausage Guy and The South Shore Taco Guy.
“It’s got a lot of potential,” said Clint Smith, owner of the South Shore Taco Guy. “It’s a good turn out for a first event.”
Easton-based Shovel Town Brewery and Everett-based Artifact Cider Project provided beer and cider to attendees.
Entertainment included live music from The Franklin Underground, a local band that performs a mix of rock, funk, blues and alternative. Corn hole boards, as well as Connect Four and Jenga games, were also on hand for attendees to play.
The city was extremely supportive in setting up the event, Villani said, and he anticipated that they would see 2,500 to 3,500 attendees by the end.
By around 3 p.m., Rebekah Macchia, marketing director at the mall, said she believed they already reached that number.
“Everyone we’ve spoken to is really happy,” she said. “We’d love to do it again next year.”
Brockton resident Terie Starks, who attended with her family, was excited to have a food truck event in the city.
“It’s very good for the community [and] it’s very good for families all together,” she said. “It brings everybody together under one umbrella.”
The food was great, she said, although she suggested trying to lower prices for low-income residents so they could afford to attend.
“It doesn’t feel like we’re drinking beer in the mall parking lot,” said Raynham resident John McLaughlin. He attended with his wife, Beth, and friends Gary and Erin Houghton, also from Raynham.
Their kids played Jenga while they all enjoyed the selection from Shovel Town.
“It’s nice they do something in the city for families,” said Gary Houghton, ”...and people who like beer, like us.”
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