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…