The sun is shining, the days are finding warmer, and that indicates that food items truck season has arrived in Maine. In the Bangor place, there are quite a few outdated favorites returning to the scene, a several that won’t be coming back, and a new addition arriving later on in the summer time.
On the Bangor Waterfront, two trusted favorites will return, which include Pompeii Pizza, which will open on May 1, and Wild Cow Creamery, which will begin serving up cones, sundaes and ice cream sandwiches in mid-Could.
Pompeii Pizza returns soon after a tough 2020, which saw its downtown Bangor cafe near in December, a little over a year following it initially opened. Owner Will Carney claimed in a Facebook write-up that the pandemic was as well excellent of an impediment to continuing on with his brick-and-mortar location, but that the food items truck would reopen for 2021.
Tracy Willette, director of Bangor Parks and Recreation, the city office that oversees the food items truck area in Bangor’s Waterfront Park, claimed that last calendar year, the vans were being moved to facial area the river, fairly than the road, to make it possible for for much better social distancing. He reported the town programs to keep on that setup permanently.
“Having that eating place established up in a courtyard-design and style space in the parking ton was definitely well-known and seemed to perform seriously effectively,” Willette mentioned. “It’s one of all those odd things that arrived out of the pandemic that ended up truly getting a really superior alter.”
From left: Erin Doughty, co-owner of The Lobstah Buoy food items truck in Bangor, passes an buy to a purchaser on Friday. The Lobstah Buoy food items truck in Bangor has reopened for the season at its common area in the parking lot of the Bangor Funplex and Westside Cinemas on Odlin Road. Credit: Linda Coan O’Kresik | BDN
Willette explained that there are nevertheless quite a few areas offered for other foodstuff trucks on the Waterfront, and that his section has some new purposes pending, and is still open up to other applications.
Somewhere else, the Lobstah Buoy has already reopened for the time at its regular location at 268 Odlin Road, in the parking large amount of the Bangor Funplex and Westside Cinemas. Lobster and crab rolls, fried seafood, chowders and handmade shoestring fries will be on the menu throughout the time.
In Brewer, Wanderlust Espresso Firm by no means shut throughout the winter season at its place at 318 Wilson St., in the parking lot of the Brewer Auditorium. It has served espresso and coffee drinks, cupcakes and scones, mac and cheese, readymade salads and sandwiches and other goodies all period, involving 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
The YumBus, the farmers sector food items truck that provides up manufactured-to-get sweet and savory crepes, will be at the Orono and Bangor farmers markets on Saturdays and Sundays, respectively, every weekend in the course of the summertime and fall.
In Old Town, Joe’s Chuck Wagon not long ago opened for the year, at a new area at 423 Stillwater Ave., in the parking great deal of Outdated City Auto Sections. Expect a menu of convenience foods which includes gourmand scorching pet dogs, pulled pork sandwiches and burgers, selfmade chili and clam chowder, sausage sandwiches, steak and cheese and significantly more.
Afterwards on this summertime, a new food stuff truck, Sweet Willamina, will sign up for the scene. Owner and pastry chef Jillian Clark Sarnacki-Wooden is in the midst of renovating her truck, and is hoping for a mid-summer opening, with a Bangor-place spot nevertheless to be established.
“It’s going to be a make-your-individual trifle truck, so we’ll present different flavors of cake with toppings and fillings like creme anglaise, caramel sauces, refreshing fruit and berries, whipped product,” she reported. “All the superior things.”
A couple of food stuff vehicles that formerly operated at the Bangor Waterfront will not return for 2021. Soften, the truck that offered decadently tacky melt sandwiches, paninis and appetizers, has retired its food items truck entirely, and will open up a long lasting, brick-and-mortar locale with a similar menu and some new additions at 27B Major St. in Bar Harbor. An formal opening date for the new restaurant has not been introduced.
And, regrettably, each Casa Mexicana, the taco truck, and JJ’s Jerk Shack, the Jamaican truck, will not return to the Bangor Waterfront this calendar year.