Food Trucks Hit the Spot

This story was written for Newswriting, one of my classes at Boston University.

 

By Grace Ferguson

October 6, 2019

Hundreds of people sampled dishes ranging from rice bowls to street corn to whoopie pies at the Boston Food Truck Festival on the Rose Kennedy Greenway Saturday afternoon.

The festival on Oct. 5 featured over 30 food trucks. Crowds walked slowly along the Greenway to survey the menus, often stepping through and around meandering lines of  people waiting to order.

Friends and family sat on benches, steps and planter walls to eat out of takeout boxes in their laps. Those who ate standing up carefully leaned over their food so they wouldn’t drop a bite. Like many children there, a little boy enjoyed his dessert while reclining in a stroller. His skewer of chocolate-covered bananas left little chocolate smudges around his mouth as he ate it.

Lacking the ability to read menus or order food, the dozens of dogs in attendance studied the options with their noses. One dachshund whimpered while he watched sausages sizzling on a grill.

The event attracted foodies and food-truck newcomers alike. Adrianna Jordan, a self-described “food connoisseur,” chose what to eat by watching the lines. 

“A long line means it’s good,” she said, eating pork dumplings with noodles from Moyzilla.

Others decided to order something unfamiliar. Kiho Khorana and her friend Ewmi Fernando had their first-ever banh mi sandwiches from Bon Me. 

“I wanted to try something I’d never seen before,” Khorana said.

John Martinez and Marie Brown made a day of attending the festival. Despite being from New York City, Martinez had never eaten from a food truck.

“We’re gonna try a little bit of everything,” he said with a few food wrappers already in his lap. As Brown finished her baklava from the Mediterranean Home Cooking truck, the two planned to get tacos “and a few more things,” Martinez said.

“We thought we’d get something warm since it’s chilly,” Michael Jancesy said about the noodle soups he and his friends got from the Saté Grill truck.

“God, those look so good!” said a woman who was walking by and spotted the noodle soups. “Where did you get them?”

“Over there!” Jancesy pointed to the noodle truck before the woman disappeared into the crowd.

In addition to the food trucks, there were various vendors along the Greenway selling art, jewelry, candles and other things. The event also featured a dance performance on the grass by the fountain.

The food hit just the right spot for some. As the crowd began to thin out, one young woman sat in the dwindling sunlight between two friends. She swirled her spoon in the plastic bowl on her lap: “This is the soup I needed.”