The Hippo


May 31, 2020








Scenes from last year’s Food Trucks for CASA. Courtesy photos.

 2nd annual Food Trucks for CASA

When: Friday, June 1, 4 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, June 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Court, Manchester
Cost: General admission is $5 for adults and free for kids under 12. A pre-purchase package is available for $25, which includes one admission ticket, two beer tickets and an event T-shirt.
Participating vendors
• Belgian Acres Farm (
• Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen (834-4345,
• Chez Rafiki’s (978-476-6502,
• Clyde’s Cupcakes (583-4850,
• Dudley’s Concessions (966-7745, find them on Facebook)
• Empanada Dada (978-697-1621,
• The Forking Awesome Food Truck (486-2688,
• Harpoon Brewery (617-574-9551,
• Kevin’s French Fries (
• Lunch Lady Food Truck (731-4957,
• Mach’s Wood-Fired Pizza (
• Mr. Twister Pretzels (
• Pomaire Chilean Grill (978-869-7851,
• Squeals on Wheels (802-228-8934,
• The Wurst Haus (

Trucks with taste
Food Trucks for CASA returns


 By Matt Ingersoll
After becoming the first multi-day food truck festival in Manchester last year, Food Trucks for CASA is back for a second round, this time with more than half a dozen newcomers in addition to some returning vendors.
The three-day event, which also features craft beer and cider samples, live music and family-friendly games, is being held from Friday, June 1, through Sunday, June 3, at McIntyre Ski Area.
At least 14 trucks are expected to make appearances over the three scheduled days — and if you attended the festival last year, you may notice several new faces this time around, according to co-coordinator Loren Foxx. Most of the trucks come from New Hampshire or other neighboring states and encompass a variety of palates such as Cajun, German, Spanish, barbecue, desserts and more.
“What’s cool about it is it’s not like going to a food court where you get just one main course and a dessert and that’s it,” Foxx said. “If you’re going with a group of people, somebody might order from one truck and you might order from another, and you get to sample different trucks from each other that way.”
Among the many offerings throughout the weekend will be Cajun chicken jambalaya and blackened shrimp tacos from Chef Koz’s Crescent City Kitchen; cupcakes, brownies, cookies, edible cookie dough and other desserts from Clyde’s Cupcakes; fair foods like cotton candy, fried dough, fried Oreos and homemade lemonade from Dudley’s Concessions; and homemade apple crisp, ice cream and Indian pudding from Belgian Acres Farm. Some trucks that appeared at the New Hampshire Octoberfest last fall, like The Wurst Haus, which serves German food favorites like schnitzel, bratwurst, knockwurst and German potato salad, will also appear at this year’s festival.
But the festival will have its fair share of first-time participants, too. There’s Empanada Dada, a Lowell, Mass.-based Cuban and Spanish food truck that is known for its variety of empanadas and Cuban sandwiches and bowls; Squeals on Wheels, which hails from Vermont and offers barbecue options like pulled pork, and ribs; the Lunch Lady Food Truck, which launched in Concord last year and features a school-themed menu of popular options like Reuben egg rolls and garlic and Parmesan truffle fries; and The Forking Awesome Food Truck out of Goffstown, offering a Tex-Mex menu of burritos, quesadillas, fusion tacos and rice bowls.
“There are also vegan options from Chez Rafiki’s, and different options for kids depending on the truck,” Foxx said, “so they do a good job of catering to all audiences.”
As with the inaugural event, Harpoon Brewery will be on hand providing samples of several of its brews, including its Craft Cider, its Pink Lemonade Shandy and its signature IPA.
“They’ll have a mix of just about anything that the beer lover would want,” Foxx said.
There will also be live performances featured throughout the weekend, beginning with Dell Smart and Exit/In, an eight-piece band known for its Caribbean and reggae sounds. They will play on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m., Foxx said. Saturday’s lineup features Tapas from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m., 2Keyla from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and blues group DC Blue from 5 to 8 p.m., followed by Queen City Soul to close out the performances on Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ongoing games of cornhole, spike ball and giant Jenga will be offered as well. All festival proceeds will benefit CASA of New Hampshire, a statewide nonprofit that trains volunteers to advocate in court on behalf of abused and neglected children. 

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