The annual Indian Orchard Food Truck Festival returns on Saturday with delectable dishes from numerous rolling kitchens in the Greater Springfield area.
The festival takes place from noon to 6 p.m. in the parking lot across from Myrtle Street Park at 117 Main St. It includes at least eight food trucks offering tacos, chicken wings, waffles and more.
Here are some food trucks participating in the festival:
Sweetera & Co. will be at the Springfield Indian Orchard Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8. Pictured here is their pumpkin bubble waffle sundae.
Festival goers with a sweet tooth look no further than Sweetera & Co., a food truck specializing in unique desserts. Take for example the loaded pumpkin bubble waffle sundae. It’s filled with bubble waffles, which are small ball-shaped waffles that originate from Hong Kong, ice cream, caramel, and whipped cream.
“Sweetera & Co. is looking forward to this amazing festival that will bring the community together,” the food truck operators said in a statement. “We’ve attended as guests in the past and are delighted to partake in this year’s festivities. We hope we’re able to sweeten everyone’s day with our unique sweet treats.”
Birria tacos from El Tacos Tao.
For Mexican food, visit El Tacos Tao, which offers a classic assortment of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and tortas, which are Mexican-style sandwiches typically with refried beans, avocados, meats, and cheeses. The food truck also offers “elotes,” which means corn cob in Spanish, and is grilled corn on the cob with mayo cream sauce, chili powder and cheese, and lime.
The food truck is relatively new as it opened nearly 14 months ago by a Mexican family, and it can typically be found at 1217 State St.
The surf and turf dish offered at La3pleta, a food truck returning to the food truck festival in Springfield.
In Spanish, a “tripleta” literally means triples, which in Puerto Rican cuisine refers to a sandwich made with steak, pernil (or roast pork), and ham. La3pleta offers numerous styles of this famous Puerto Rican sandwich, along with specials and plantain fries. The food truck is usually found at 1217 State St. in Springfield outside of the Club Aquarius.
One of the most popular dishes is the surf and turf, or “mar y tierra,” which comes with loaded plantains,
Most popular is the surf and turf, mar y tierra, with loaded plantain, sirloin steak, shrimp onions and peppers and house sauce and seasoning.
Chicken Man's Chicken Shack will be at the Indian Orchard Food Truck Festival on Saturday.
Staying true to the food truck’s name, Chicken Man’s Chicken Shack specializes in chicken wings, tenders, chicken and waffles, and chicken po’ boys. The chicken shack started business in June 2020 and saw a great turnout at last year’s food truck festival, said owner Citus Moorehead III.
Their signature ingredient is a candy apple BBQ sauce that gives dishes a “wow factor,” Moorehead said. The food truck is typically found at Rustic Brewery Company on Front Street in Springfield and Firestone Complete Auto Care on Boston Road.
Other trucks attending the food truck festival include MJs Cheesesteak, Krystal’s Food Truck, Sabor Nocturno, and 50/50 Food Truck, according to event organizer Zaida Goven, Ward 8 City Councilor and president of the Indian Orchard Citizens Council.
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