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New Haven Food Truck Festival comes back to Elm City in June

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New Haven officials announced they will host a dragon boat regatta with the food festival in June. (WFSB) New Haven officials announced they will host a dragon boat regatta with the food festival in June. (WFSB)
Food trucks serve customers in New Haven on Monday. (WFSB) Food trucks serve customers in New Haven on Monday. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

The savory sights and smells of New Haven's popular food trucks, will once again fill Long Wharf for two days this summer.

The Elm City is hosting its second annual food truck festival and this year, there is an added attraction. The event will not only feature food trucks, but a dragon boat regatta.  

Barbecue, pizza, or Mexican will just be a few of the options foodies will find at 2016 New Haven Food Truck Festival on June 4 and 5.

"It’s very convenient, right off the highway, get your food ready in three minutes," John Suarez, of New Haven, said.

After drawing more than 20,000 visitors last year, New Haven is planning for even more and said they hope to have 40 food trucks on site for the two-day festival.

It costs $5 to get in while children 12 years old and under are free. That money goes to New Haven's Small Business Academy.

"All the proceeds will go towards a grant program to assist small businesses in either starting up small businesses or address an urgent need they may have,” Jackie James with the Small Business Service Center in New Haven said.

For the first time, New Haven will host a dragon boat regatta, similar to the popular attraction that's been taking place in Hartford for 20 years.

"Large canoes, 20 people, hopefully with the goal of having fun, camaraderie, getting out on the harbor, building community,” John Pescatore with the Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. said.

In addition to the food trucks and boat races, organizers said there will be a beer garden, a vendors market and live music.

"We're going to have a lot of people there and it will lead the way to a rebuilding of Long Wharf Food Truck area on a permanent basis, which is one of the things our city engineering department is working on to make this not only a tradition, but something people can enjoy every week, every day, safety and convenience, looking at that as the gateway to the city,” New Haven Economic Development Director Matthew Nemerson said.

There's a meeting at 6 p.m. at 200 Orange St. for food trucks interested in being part of the festival.

The food truck festival and the dragon boat race kicks off June 4. For more information on New Haven Food Truck Festival, click here. For more information on dragon boat regatta, click here. 

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