Food Truck Festival on Saturday

Last year, there was a food truck festival in Worcester, and there will be another one this year.  I’d posted information about it, but I don’t think I’d ever written further about it.

A friend and I went last year because I had won free tickets from boston.com.  We ate from the Bon Me and Frozen Hoagies food trucks; both were really good, but we wouldn’t have shelled out money to attend.  There are great restaurants right here in Worcester, and the entertainment was somewhat limited (one three-piece band in the middle of a long line of food trucks) and the lines got quite long.

Last year, you had to pay for tickets and then each food truck took so many tickets for each item.  (This was after they’d tried to sell admission for $30, and then $15…)  Each ticket cost $1 (as I recall) and sandwiches at Bon Me were 6 or 7 tickets.
 
This year, you can buy a wristband that gets you discounts on the food.  You can buy the wristband for $7 online ($10 at the door), but if you buy online you need to pay another $1.38 in handling.  I am cheap, but buying online to save $1.62 doesn’t seem worth it even for a cheapo like me.

Also, the website doesn’t say what kind of discount you’ll get with the wristband.  If the reviews on Yelp (from last week’s Cambridge festival) are any indication, you won’t be getting any sort of discount with the wristband — or at least not enough to justify shelling out $10.

I’m sure the costs associated with this kind of festival (between closing off Park Ave between Highland and Elm, as was done last year, and the permits and police) are high, but asking for volunteers to work an eight-hour shift for lunch and a t-shirt at what is essentially a commercial endeavor…

June Boards and Commissions Vacancies

The next selection meeting for city boards & commissions will be Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30pm in the Saxe Room of the Main Library.

The list of vacancies can be found on the City website.

There are lots of openings.  Some highlights:

  • There are openings on some other influential city boards.  If you live in D4, there’s an opening on the Planning Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals.  If you live in D1, D3, D4 or D5, there are openings on the Community Development Advisory Committee (which has recently been in the news).  If you live in D3, there’s an opening on the Conservation Commission.  There are three openings on the Historical Commission for those who live in the historical districts.
  • There is one opening on the Citizen Advisory Council for a resident of D1.  If  you’re interested in getting folks more involved in city government, now might be your chance!
  • Two lesser-known boards that will likely heat up in the near future have openings: Cable Television Advisory Committee and Off-Street Parking Board.
  • If advocacy is your thing, there are openings on Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, Elder Affairs Commission, and Commission on Disability.
  • There are also two openings on the Hope Cemetery Commission.

If you’d like to see how the process works, watch Worcester Boards and Commissions 101.

Please consider applying for the boards that look most interesting…and get the word out to those you know.