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July 19, 2023

From Greek to Italian, traditional to absurd, Hartford’s Riverfront Food Truck Festival offers a taste

Contributed The Riverfront Food Truck Festival in Hartford takes place this week.

Whether you’re looking for an ethnic food staple, a fresh smoothie, a bacon waffle cheeseburger, a garden salad or fried-anything – the Riverfront Food Truck Festival has an option for you.

More than 20 food trucks will line Mortensen Riverfront Plaza, running the gamut from ethnic to American; traditional to bizarre; vegetarian to barbecued meat.

Hartford’s annual food truck festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Thursday and continues through Saturday. 

As patrons enjoy an assortment of food choices, they’ll be treated to live music at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater, which sits along the Connecticut River.

The food offerings include lobster rolls and chowder, authentic Canadian poutine, Lebanese dishes, including falafel, gyros and a variety of salads; Hawaiian coffee and tropical drinks; Jamaican-American cuisine and more.

Of course, there will be plenty of pizza, sliders, burgers, barbecue food, loaded tots and fried dough.

One truck takes snack food to the extreme, serving up “crispy balls of goodness” that include cheeseburger, chicken parmesan and taco fillings.

There also will be dessert trucks, offering homemade ice cream and cupcakes.

The food truck festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Admission is free.

A full list of food trucks is below:

  • Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ
  • Blue Chip Creamery
  • Bricins Festival Foods
  • Chompers
  • Clyde’s Cupcakes
  • Cousins Maine Lobster
  • Craftbird
  • Gina’s Eatery
  • Gramma Lil’s
  • Grilled to Perfection
  • Jamaican Jerkshack
  • Macken’s Sliders
  • New Haven Pizza Truck
  • Nutmeg Concessions
  • Patruno’s Place
  • Perfect PoundCakes
  • Poutine Gourmet
  • Quick Bites
  • Request A Chef
  • The Rolling Roti
  • Sausage Kings
  • Soulfully Vegan
  • Tacos los Mexicanos
  • Totally Tempura
  • Tots & Brats and Hots
  • Ultimate Barbecue

The following concerts are scheduled at the Hartford HealthCare Amphitheater:

Thursday, July 20

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: DJ Face
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: DJ Michelle Bee
  • 4 p.m.: The Bap Pack
  • 5 p.m.: Big Joe & The Stolen Hearts
  • 6 p.m.: Floydian Trip
  • 7 p.m.: Elephants Dancing

Friday, July 21

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: DJ Face
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: DJ Stealth
  • 4 p.m.: Vassell Meka
  • 6 p.m.: Middletown Symphonic Band

Saturday, July 22

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.: DJ Face
  • 2 – 4 p.m.: DJ Earle
  • 4 p.m.: Sean O’Reilly
  • 5 p.m.: HannaH’s Field
  • 6 p.m.: Rose Cora Perry & The Truth Untold
  • 7 p.m.: The Sparkle & Fade

The festival will also feature celebrity chef demonstrations by Rasheed Philips and Erica Roby. For more information, visit

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