September 16, 2014 09:00 ET

Hood® Cream Hosts "Cream of the Crop" Cooking Competition With Chef Chris Coombs

Leading Dairy Brand Challenges New England Food Trucks to Whip up Their Best Bites at Upcoming Festivals

LYNNFIELD, MA--(Marketwired - Sep 16, 2014) -  HP Hood, the leading dairy brand in New England, today announced the Hood® Cream "Cream of the Crop" cooking competition featuring spokesperson Chef Chris Coombs, chef/owner of Boston-area award-winning restaurants Boston Chops, dbar and Deuxave. The competition takes place at the "Hood Cream Presents the Framingham Food Truck Festival" this Saturday, September 20, 2014, and at the "Hood Cream Presents the Newport Food Truck Festival" on October, 25, 2014. Participating food trucks will submit their best recipe featuring Hood Cream and a panel of esteemed judges, including Chef Chris Coombs, will choose one winner at each festival to receive a cash prize.

"I am honored to be a part of this competition and share my expertise with consumers, event attendees, and fellow chefs," said Chef Chris Coombs. "I love cooking with Hood Cream in my restaurants and am intrigued to see what delicious recipes the food truck chefs will create."

The winning truck will be announced during each festival and will receive a $1,000 cash prize, along with the title as Hood Cream's "Cream of the Crop" champion. In addition to the competition, Chef Coombs will be conducting meet and greets, answering questions, providing cooking tips and leading short cooking demonstrations at each festival. Hood Cream will feature a fun and interactive booth including complimentary coffee with Hood Cream, photo booth, prize wheel and giveaways. Attendees can also visit the Hood Cream booth at an additional festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on October 5, 2014. 

Fans are invited to join in on the fun by sharing their favorite recipes featuring Hood Cream on Twitter to @HPHood using the hashtags #AlwaysHoodCreamSweeps, #FTFNE, #FramFTF, #NHFTF and #NewportFTF. Fans can also enter the Hood Cream Food Truck Festivals of New England Sweepstakes for a chance to win a Hood Cream VIP prize pack including two tickets to a 2014 festival, $100 gift card and more. For more information and to read official contest rules, visit Hood's Facebook page.

"This is a great opportunity for Hood Cream to take the growing food truck trend to the next level with Chef Chris Coombs," said Lynne Bohan, vice president of communications and government affairs at Hood. "We look forward to the creative ways the participating food truck chefs will integrate Hood Cream into their recipes and show consumers how easy it is to create restaurant-quality dishes at home."

Hood Cream is a key ingredient used by chefs to create delicious dishes, whether they're cooking in a restaurant, at home or even on a food truck. Named title sponsor of the Food Truck Festivals of New England 2014 Tour in June, Hood Cream will be present at all remaining festivals this year:

  • Hood Cream Presents the Framingham Food Truck Festival - September 20, 2014 - Bowditch Field, Framingham, MA
  • Hood Cream Presents the New Hampshire Food Truck Festival - October 5, 2014 - Red Hook Brewery, Portsmouth, NH
  • Hood Cream Presents the Newport Food Truck Festival - October 25, 2014 - Newport Yachting Center, Newport, RI

For more information on Hood Cream, visit You can find Hood Cream on Twitter (@hphood) and Instagram (@hphood), on Facebook (hphood), on Google+ ( and on Pinterest (@hphood). You can also find Food Truck Festivals of New England on Twitter (@FoodTruckFestNE), Facebook (FTFNE) and on YouTube (FTFNE).

About Hood

Founded in 1846, today Hood is one of the largest branded dairy operators in the United States. Hood is the number-one dairy brand in New England, and Hood's portfolio of national and super-regional brands and franchise products includes Hood, Crowley Foods, Simply Smart Milk, Heluva Good!, LACTAID®, BAILEYS® Coffee Creamers, HERSHEY®'S Milk and Milkshakes, and Blue Diamond Almond Breeze® Almondmilks. For more information about Hood, please visit

About Food Truck Festivals of New England

Food Truck Festivals of New England (FTFNE) and Food Trucks 2 Go were founded in 2011 to bring food trucks from all over the New England region to cities, towns and fans that don't yet have a daily food truck community and to provide a matchmaking service for those looking to book food trucks and trucks themselves. FTFNE is New England's original and only touring food truck events company and remains committed to producing events that feature the highest quality and most creative menus from a broad range of mobile food kitchens and chefs.

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