McCoy to host inaugural food truck and craft beer festival
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.