Best Bets: Fun on four wheels

Wachusett Mountain already has a successful food-truck festival in the fall, so why not add another one in the summer?

Wachusett Mountain already has a successful food-truck festival in the fall, so why not add another one in the summer? (COURTESY PHOTO)

PRINCETON — Enjoy everything from classic cars to sweet treats Saturday at Wachusett Mountain.

“I think people look for a little way to escape, and if they’re not sitting by the ocean, why not give them the perfect opportunity to come to the mountain?” said Tom Meyers, marketing director/public relations for Wachusett Mountain, 499 Mountain Road in Princeton.

The mountain will host its Inaugural Summer Food Truck Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Wachusett Base Area grounds. Before the festival, there will be a Cars and Coffee event from 8 to 11 a.m.

Tickets in advance cost $5 for adults and $3 for kids 6-12, and can be purchased online at wachusett.com.

Cars and Coffee runs from 8 to 11 a.m., on Saturday, then gives way to the Summer Food Truck Festival.

Cars and Coffee runs from 8 to 11 a.m., on Saturday, then gives way to the Summer Food Truck Festival. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF WACHUSETT MOUNTAIN FACEBOOK)

Tickets at the gate cost $7 for adults and $5 for kids 6-12. Kids under 5 get free entry.

“We have another event in the fall, our annual BBQ Fest, which has a variety of barbecue-specific vendors as opposed to food-truck vendors who have wider menu options,” Meyers said.

Wachusett Mountain collaborates with Food Trucks of America for that festival but decided to do its own event in the summer.

“They run a great event, and they have a very full schedule themselves, so we thought this would be a good opportunity to add an event on our own and, hopefully, use it as a way to promote their event in the fall,” Meyers said.


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At least 13 food trucks will be at the festival, with such food as specialty grilled cheeses from Melt, fun twists on the classic french fries from Friskie Fries, and delectable desserts from Five Loaves Bakery.

There will also be a variety of craft beers available at various pouring stations along the food-truck route through the mountain’s own food and beverage operations.

“I think people look for variety, and that’s probably the biggest appeal for food-truck festivals,” Meyers said.

Once you’ve made your rounds at the trucks, enjoy the mountain’s scenery all the way to the summit on the SkyRide. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for kids ages 6-12.

Music will be provided by the Bohemians from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Dan Cormier and Ethan Caouette will play from 2 to 5 p.m.

The Cars and Coffee event, sponsored by The Getchell Companies, is free. The categories expected at the event — for cars, that is — include classic, muscle, European, American or unique cars of interest. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m., and the show will run from 9 to 11, with awards for best in show at 10:30.

The event will feature coffee and pastries for purchase as well as music from a DJ.

All participants in the show will receive a discounted admission to the Food Truck Festival of $5 versus $7.

“Anytime you have a nice sunny day and good food and cold beverages and good music, it always makes for a fun time out at the mountain,” Meyers said.

Festival package pricing, which includes admission plus one trip on the SkyRide, is $13 for adults and $9 for ages 6-12 in advance. Package tickets at the gate cost $15 for adults and $11 for kids ages 6-12.

For more information, see wachusett.com.

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Planes

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