WORCESTER – Dozens of food trucks descended upon the Worcester Ecotarium on Saturday, marking the beginning of the Clustertruck Food Festival, where attendees were treated to music, drinks, and an extraordinary variety of different flavors of food from vendors across the state.
The types of cuisine sold ranged from Latino and Jamaican, to Korean and Kebabs. Some trucks bore alliterative names, such as Cape Cod Cannolis, Gourmet Grilled Cheese and Moosey’s Muddy Brook.
Local craft beer from Wormtown Brewery was also sold to those 21 and over. In additon to food and drink, there were vendors who also sold Henna designs, clothing and jewelry.
For Mike Nickerson, a member of the Billerica-based food truck Augusta’s, which specializes in fried chicken [their signature item: Buffalo Chicken and Mac n’ Cheese sub], the event is a chance to showcase their food as well as to partake in the festivities.
“We like going to these events. they’re always entertaining,” said Nickerson. “We have some of the best damn chicken around, and it’s good to show that to the people.”
After getting their food from one of the many food trucks on display, attendees could then sit down either on the grass, or under a large tent with rows of benches, where the local band Doctor Robert played covers of classic rock songs.
“This event is fantastic because there’s such a wide variety of food,” said Chandler Friend of Worcester, who visited the event with her boyfriend. “There really was something for everyone. They really selected great vendors.”
The event ran from 5 to 10 PM, with the Ecotarium closing early at 3 to host the event. Parking was provided by both the Ecotarium and North High School. In addition to being sponsored by the Ecotarium, other sponsors included Pulse Magazine, Energy Monster, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare, and Cantiani Insurance.