Food Truck Festival

GOOD EATS: The Great New England BBQ and Food Truck Festival will take place this weekend at Hampshire Hills Athletic Club in Milford.

MILFORD — Thousands of people are expected to swing into Milford with their appetites this weekend, eager to sample various food truck favorites.

This year’s Great New England BBQ and Food Truck Festival has a little bit of something for everyone, according to organizers.

“We really tried to be diverse with the menus. We wanted to offer a variety of foods,” said Jody Donohue, director of events with the Great New England Craft and Artisan Shows. The barbecue and food truck festival is one of five events hosted this year by the Great New England Craft and Artisan Shows at the Hampshire Hills Athletic Club.

“In addition to the food trucks, there is going to be a lot of homemade specialty food,” said Donohue. Twenty food trucks will be on hand for the festivities, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Hampshire Hills, 50 Emerson Road.

Food truck vendors will be dishing up crowd favorites such as seafood chowder, cannoli, cupcakes, barbecue ribs, fried chicken, slushies, French fries, tacos, pulled pork, Mediterranean bowls, wraps and more. Gluten free options will also be available, said Donohue.

“This year we have morphed this event into so much more. It has really grown, and we are pretty excited about it,” she said.

Four groups will be providing live entertainment throughout the two-day festival, and a magician will be on hand to entertain the crowds. There will be activities for children, including slime-making, face-painting, cookie decorating and bounce houses.

About 30 artisans will be setting up shop and selling everything from pottery, jewelry and fabrics to homemade salsa, coffee and barbecue sauce.

“We are having a beer tent with a lot of local craft brews,” said Donohue, adding different types of liquor have been fermenting for the past two months in preparation for the event.

The festival will be held both indoors and outdoors on the ground of Hampshire Hills.

“It is very family-oriented, and that is the whole idea. We want to keep the kids busy,” she said. “We have close to 6,000 people interested right now, but we are expecting about 3,000 people over the course of the weekend. It is supposed to be a great weekend, so we are very excited.”

A Jell-O contest, Twinkie-eating contest and corn hole tournament are also planned.

Tickets are available in advance for $7 at ticketleap.com.

Tickets also will be available at the gate for $10 each; children 12 and under get in free of charge.