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On Aug. 31 through Sept. 1, thousands of foodies, people with an ardent interest in food, gathered at Mohegan Sun, a casino and resort in Uncasville, Conn. for its fourth annual Food Truck Festival. The festival had thirty-one food trucks stationed for guests to circle, ranging from seafood to cannolis to chicken and waffle sandwiches. The first thing I tried was a cannoli, an Italian dessert. I have wanted to try one for the longest and it only cost me four dollars. It was delicious. Next, I went to a Brazilian food truck and had something not very Brazilian: a steak and cheese sandwich. It was a good sandwich, but I’m hoping that next time I will be confident enough to try something out of the ordinary.
This festival is just one of many events that the Mohegan Sun plans out throughout the year to attract visitors and locals to its location. The casino and resort hosts concerts, sporting events, a beer festival, a BBQ fest, etc.. Every event is put on with a grandeur meant to entertain. “They are expecting a good ten thousand people. There’s a lot of in and out,” said Victor Pavilla, the Sports Specialist at Mohegan Sun who posed at the event as part of the security. “It’s a good day activity as a family; you can come and enjoy the music while you eat.” I went towards the end of the event roughly around 8 p.m. and it was still pretty packed. Parking was crazy. If you ever go, please be prepared to be on the prowl for a parking spot for at least a good ten minutes if not more.
Food trucks and people travel from all over New England to participate in the communal festivities. Clyde Pullen, owner of Clyde’s Cupcakes food truck, has done the festival at Mohegan since its start. Based in Exeter, New Hampshire, Pullen made his bakery mobile, attending eighty-six events a year in the New England area. A long line of people anticipated Clyde’s food truck at the festival. “Everybody knows our brand and our identity. Once you see the pink truck or me wearing pink, everyone knows that we’re here,” said Pullen. I had one of his cupcakes, and I can personally testify that they live up to the hype. It was a rather small cupcake, but worth every bite. They also give out really cool stickers with every purchase, and I loved that!
Apart from the food trucks, there were activities for everyone to enjoy with field games like corn hole and frisbee throwing, live music, face painting, and even fireworks Saturday night. I was there for the fireworks and I thought it was a nice way to end the night. Attendees with VIP tickets had early access to the event and a choice of one draft beer or non-alcoholic beverage of choice; as well as, one pre-selected menu item from select vendors. The regular entry fee was $8. If you are thinking of attending this event next year, I would suggest purchasing the tickets online in advance. The entry pricing was $6 online. Nonetheless, this is a great event to go to on the first weekend back from summer. The atmosphere is great and you get to try amazing food.