QUINCY – Tacos, beer, music and magic tricks return to Coddington Street for the fourth city-hosted Quincy Food Truck and Music Festival this October.

Quincy’s event coordinator John McDonald said the city took over the festival five years ago and changed it from a privately run event at Pageant Field to the Coddington Street blowout it is today.

The festival was canceled last year because of the pandemic, and McDonald said residents and food truck operators were hungry for a reunion.

The festival takes place from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 2 Five children’s entertainers perform on the lawn of the Thomas Crane Library, five bands are spinning closer to the high school and up to 25 food trucks line the street. McDonald said there was something for everyone.

“People can have lunch, see a band, go to a historic site and then say, ‘Hey, let’s get a slice of pizza out of a truck or have dinner in downtown Quincy,'” he said. “I find that people make a full day out of it, or even come from outside on the Red Line. It’s accessible to families and groups and there are a variety of options.”

McDonald said it has worked directly with food truck operators since the city’s takeover, skipping the agents and bookers. The simple process means an easier time for truck owners, he said, and the festival has never had a problem booking all types of kitchens.

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“Because the city is very much about the community and not making money from the events, we became one of the most important events of the year because the food trucks can keep 100 percent of their profits and are therefore very happy to come,” said McDonald .

Truck owners often have to pay for a slot at larger events and there is no guarantee they will get a good seat or not be placed right next to a similar truck.

“I make sure that it is distributed. There are many dessert trucks, a beer and wine truck and I make sure that the different ethnicities that we have in Quincy are addressed,” said McDonald sadly.

The Quincy Food Truck and Craft Beer Rodeo Festival took place at Pageant Field in 2016.

Up to 5,000 people have come to the city at previous festivals.

McDonald is looking for food trucks for both the festival and the city’s PorchFest event on Saturday, September 25th. Those interested can email him at events@quincyma.gov or call 617-404-6078.

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You can reach Mary Whitfill at mwhitfill@patriotledger.com.