McCoy to host in­au­gu­ral food truck and craft beer fes­ti­val

Pawtucket Times - - BLACKSTONE VALLEY - By BREN­DAN McGAIR bm­c­gair@paw­tuck­et­times.com Fol­low Bren­dan McGair on Twit­ter @BWMcGair03

PAW­TUCKET – From late-night com­fort food op­tion Haven Brothers to craft brew­eries based right here in the city, make sure to bring your ap­petite to McCoy Sta­dium on Satur­day for the in­au­gu­ral PawSox Food Truck & Craft Beer Fes­ti­val.

More than 20 food ven­dors on wheels and 20 craft brew­eries have been con­firmed and will be scat­tered in groups of three along the McCoy warn­ing track. The Paw­tucket Red Sox teamed up with Eric Weiner, CEO & Founder of Rhode Is­land­based FoodTruck­sIn.com and some­one who has earned a strong rep­u­ta­tion as the ma­jor over­seer for all ma­jor food truck events held in the Ocean State.

"We are thrilled to be part­ner­ing with the PawSox to bring the com­mu­nity out to McCoy for an even­ing that will be sure to bring to­gether old friends while mak­ing new ones,” Weiner said.

They’ll be plenty of op­tions for the self-pro­claimed foodie to taste. Want a hot dog? Stop by Gas­tros, a R.I. food truck that spe­cial­izes in hand­crafted hot dogs, sausages, brats, and other gas­tro­nomic eats. In need of some French fries to counter balance the meat con­sump­tion? Friskie Fries knows how to slice and dice a potato. Make sure to check out the va­ri­ety of­fered by Open Sea­son, whose menu in­cludes bar­beque, pig roasts, clam bakes, and game din­ners.

You’re prob­a­bly go­ing to need some­thing re­fresh­ing to wash all that yummy food down. Make sure to say hello to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Paw­tucket’s own Bucket Brew­ery. Re­vival Brew­ing Com­pany, from Cranston, and Grey Sail, from Westerly, will also be at McCoy along with the Wachusett (Mass.) Brew­ing Com­pany.

Each brew­ery in at­ten­dance plans to fea­ture two fla­vors to sam­ple. Those of le­gal drink­ing age can ei­ther buy a two-ounce sam­ple for one drink ticket or pur­chase a 12-ounce full pour for six drink tick­ets, which can be pur­chased through­out the event.

Grace Eng, di­rec­tor of McCoy Events for the PawSox, said that the orig­i­nal plan was to keep the food track con­cept sep­a­rate from the beer and stage two sep­a­rate events. Lo­gis­tics and tim­ing pre­vented each en­tity hav­ing its own day, which led to an epiphany last off-sea­son.

“You don’t see many events where the two are merged and brought to­gether,” Eng said. “We reached out to Eric and he loved the idea. He took it from there and got the ball rolling.”

One of the PawSox’ In­ter­na­tional League ri­vals, the Le­high Val­ley IronPigs, in­tro­duced the food truck frenzy last year out­side of Coca-Cola Park. By pop­u­lar de­mand, it re­turned to the Al­len­town, Pa. lo­cale this past May.

“We wanted to see how the mar­ket would re­act to that. So far we’ve seen some re­ally pos­i­tive stuff,” Ing said. “We’re ex­cited to see the turnout.”

The event will also fea­ture live mu­sic and the show­ing of hip-hip mu­sic videos on the McCoy score­board. There will be yard games to en­joy as well, in­clud­ing a dodge­ball radar gun and beer pong setup cour­tesy of the Su­per Fun Ac­tiv­i­ties Club. Those in at­ten­dance can mill about in the out­field grass or hang out in the right-field bar­beque tent area.

The fes­tiv­i­ties be­gin at 5 p.m. if you’re the holder of a VIP ticket and 6 p.m. for those hold­ing gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets. It will run un­til 10 o’clock. There will also be ad­vance/stan­dard prices and day-of-event prices. For VIP and gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets pur­chased be­fore Satur­day, the cost is $35 and $20, re­spec­tively. On Satur­day, the price for both ticket prices will get raised by $5.

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