Billerica, MA: A one-stop spot for flavor

Shrimp burger from Bonetown Burgers

By Ricky Sobey  |  Lowell Sun

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BILLERICA — Has a fried kimchee burrito ever been eaten in Billerica?

Well, if the intriguing Korean fusion dish has not been eaten in town, that will change come Sunday when a Korean food truck and several others descend upon Billerica’s Vietnam Veterans Park.

“Sunday Food Truck Funday,” a first-of-its-kind food truck event in town, will include about a dozen food trucks serving all sorts of delicacies, from shrimp burgers at Bonetown Burgers to Southeast Asian street food at Saigon Alley.

Weekend food truck events have helped spark Boston’s interest in food, particularly cheap, eclectic and gourmet food with local products and seasonal foods. Now Greater Lowell residents will have access on Sunday to these meals-on-wheels.

Shrimp burger from Bonetown Burgers
Southeast Asian cuisine from
Saigon Alley. Courtesy photo

“This area doesn’t necessarily see a lot of food trucks, so this event gives us a chance to bring food trucks to an underserved population,” said Gina Caires, founder of BRUNDER, a food venture that is collaborating with the Billerica Recreation Department for this event.

“We’re hoping this will be a fun day of food trucks, community and green space,” Caires added. “There will be a variety of options, and people can sample them while enjoying a Sunday afternoon in the park.”

The venue will also host a variety of free backyard games and offer a picnic area. Many park user groups will showcase their organizations, including Billerica Youth Soccer, Billerica Dog Park Committee, RC Flyers, Italian American Club and Sudbury Valley Trustees.

“It should be a really fun day, and there will be something for everybody,” said Donna Hansen, acting assistant director at the Billerica Recreation Department. “This is a first for the town, and it’s hopefully the first of many.

“At the Lowell Folk Fest, I love going around and trying all the different cuisines, and I envision that’s what this will be all about,” she added.

Money from the event will help keep down the cost for the recreation department’s programs.

Southeast Asian cuisine from Saigon Alley.
Southeast Asian cuisine
from Saigon Alley.

Some of the food trucks on Sunday include Chili Mango and Lime, Gogi on the Block, Makin’ Jamaican, Northeast of the Border, Riceburg, The Farm Stand and Wow BBQ.

For tickets, people can go to www.eventbrite.com (search Sunday Food Truck Funday) to pay a $3 pre-registration fee to enter the event, which is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Those who want access to the food trucks’ express lines from 11 a.m. to noon can upgrade to a $10 VIP pre-registration fee.

Food truck enthusiasts can also pay for tickets directly through the Billerica Recreation Department. Kids 12 and under get free admission.

Most offerings on Sunday will range from $5 to $10, and attendees will pay that directly to the food trucks at the all-cash event.

Riceburg will sell burgers with buns of rice.
Riceburg will sell
burgers with buns of rice.

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