A first for festivals in Naugatuck

NAUGATUCK — Naugatuck police officers are looking to fill some bellies while raising money for a good cause this weekend.

The Naugatuck Police Union is hosting its first Food Truck Festival from 12 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Naugatuck Entertainment Facility, 6 Rubber Ave. Tickets are $5. Anyone who brings a donation of school supplies to the event will receive $1 off admission.

Naugatuck Officer Alexia Castro, treasurer for the union and one of the coordinators for the event, said up to 10 food trucks, including Edible Dreams, Szabo’s Seafood, and Pork and Friends Company, are expected to come out for the festival.

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go toward Naugatuck Youth Services’ Back to School Block Party, Castro said.

“At the block party Naugatuck Youth Services provides underprivileged children with the necessary supplies to begin the school year,” Castro said.

Officer Colin McAllister, president of the union, said the festival is also another way for officers to mingle with and support the community.

“I think it’s a good way for us to interact with the community and offer support to the Naugatuck Youth Services since we are so engaged with the Police and Youth Partners Program. That’s how the officers became aware of a need to support this,” McAllister said.

Castro said the union chose to host a food truck festival because it’s something unique in Naugatuck.

“Seeing as food truck festivals are becoming increasingly popular, what better event to bring to the borough,” Castro said.

Castro pointed out that the entertainment facility will also be hosting a carnival the same day as the festival.

“People should come to the event to enjoy a family-friendly environment with lots of great food,” Castro said.