Food truck festival Saturday at Roosevelt Mall

Enjoy good food of Northeast Philadelphia from 15 food trucks.

Local flavor: The Northeast Philly Food Truck Festival, sponsored by Nick’s Roast Beef and the Castor Bustleton Cottman Business Association, will feature 15 trucks. SOURCE: NICKS ROAST BEEF / FACEBOOK

Nick’s Roast Beef and the Castor Bustleton Cottman Business Association will sponsor the first Northeast Philly Food Truck Festival on Saturday, Nov. 18, from noon to 7 p.m. in the Roosevelt Mall parking lot, on Cottman Avenue, near Bustleton Avenue.

The family-friendly event will feature children’s games, a bounce house, a disc jockey and a pumpkin chuckin’ contest.

In all, there will be 15 trucks.

“I think there will be a really good turnout. They’re coming to eat good food,” said Matt Rossi, operations manager at Nick’s and organizer of the event. “I think it will be a good time. We’re looking to bring the community together.”

Rossi is hoping for good weather and a turnout of up to 4,000 people. The event is rain or shine.

The four tucks selling sweets will be Curbside Creamery, Mannino’s Cannoli, Waffles and Wedges and Brilliant Beverages.

The 11 trucks selling savory foods are Nick’s Roast Beef, The Cow and the Curd, Innovative Catering, Lil Trent’s, BrazBQ, Phon’s Fresh Foods, Baby Blues BBQ, The Tot Cart, Philly Fry, JDogs and T&N Homemade Kitchen.

Rossi explained that many of the items sold by the trucks cannot be found in restaurants.

“We have some great food trucks,” Rossi said. “There’s such a variety of food.”

Nick’s has six trucks, and the one that will be at the festival will be selling roast pork, cheesesteak egg rolls, a variety of fries and, of course, roast beef.

The Philadelphia Mobile Food Association has sanctioned the event. Visitors to the festival will taste food as good as the items found in the top trucks in Center City.

“These are the best trucks in the city,” Rossi said. “Nick’s is proud to bring it to them.”

Rossi thought of the idea a few months ago. He is pleased with the response to the new business association, explaining that 30 merchants showed up at the last meeting.

The response to the festival has been good on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and newspaper ads.

There is plenty of free parking in the mall lot.

For more information, call 215–745–1292. ••