MERIDEN — Wolfski’s got its start with a few grills offering pierogis under a tent. Three years later, at the fifth annual Food Truck Festival, the business was back, this time with a trailer.
"I feel like the seed was planted literally right where we're standing,” said Paul Wolfer, who runs the food truck with his wife, Jessica Wolfer, and Chris Jamilkowski. The 2015 Food Truck Festival had been their first time selling to the public in person.
Rob Ferrie, owner of US Food Trucks, said he’s happy to see the event support the dreams of entrepreneurs.
“This is a way to get families to come out and create tangential memories... It really is about bringing people together,” Ferrie said. “That’s what I personally enjoy most about this, seeing people socialize and interact.”
The festival, which drew between 7,000 and 10,000 visitors to Hubbard Park over the weekend, also raises money for the Daffodil Festival.
Geeth Gulavita said he was surprised by the variety of food, including Thai, ice cream, fried oreos, pulled pork, cookies and more.
“Whenever there’s a food truck festival, I’m going,” he said. “I like the variety of food you can get.”
“You can always try something new,” said former Meriden resident Amanda Barnes, who came to the festival with Gulavita. “It’s just great food and seeing people I haven’t seen in a while.”
Being able to watch customers take that first bite is one of the best parts of serving his food from a truck instead from the kitchen of a restaurant or hotel, said Ernie Road, whose truck, Bread Pitt, serves pizza-styled flatbreads and sandwiches.
“When you see them eat it and have a reaction on their face... it lets you know you’re doing something right,” he said.