Mar 29, 2015
Kim Rivers

‘Love Local’ food truck event set for Sunday at Steele Creek Park


BRISTOL –

The City of Bristol is partnering with Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) in bringing the ‘Love Local…A Food Truck Event’ featuring food from Foodie Fiction, Me K’s and Toni’s Hawaiian Tacos. 

The event will take place in Steele Creek Park on Sunday, March 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. rain or shine. There is a $10 admission for adults, which includes the park entry fee. There is no admission cost for children under six. The event will also feature live music provided by My New Favorites. 

The City of Bristol has a long history of the buy local trend, beginning with the opening of the State Street Farmers Market in 1999, according to a press release. Since that time the market has grown, providing restaurants and now local food trucks with local produce to use in their unique recipes.

“We are excited about seeing food trucks come to our area,” said Terry Napier, Director of Parks and Recreation. “There is even a website now that lists the food trucks who serve Bristol.  It is an amazing development which only reflects the city’s growth and charm.”

ASD promotes and supports farmers markets in the region though the Appalachian Farmers Market Association of which the State Street Farmers Market is a member, according to the release.

For more information on the event contact Terry Napier at 423-764-4023 or email tnapier@bristoltn.org.

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Treefort 2015: Food Truck Menus

Treefort 2015: Food Truck Menus

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    Fanci Freez: Don’t miss the donut burger ($5), with cheddar and bacon on a glazed donut with maple spread.

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      Rice Works Asian Street Food: Get there early for the spicy Korean tacos (2 for $5.75) with spicy chicken and kimchi, which sold out on Friday.

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        Pie Hole: Snag a giant slice of thin-crust potato bacon pizza for only $3. 

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          The Funky Taco: We hear the bahn mi taco ($7) is epic, with pressed organic tofu, baked shaved cabbage, pickled daikon, cilantro and a toasted sesame vegan aioli. 

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            Calle 75 Street Tacos: The Outlaw Torta ($8) looks awesome, with Payette-braised brisket, cilantro, garlic aioli, pico de gallo, cheddar jack cheese and barbecue sauce served on an organic challah bun. 

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              Aussie Pie-Daho: The curry beef pie ($6) with curried minced beef, potatoes and peas in a flaky crust is calling our name. 

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                  Genki Takoyaki
                  : Snag a plate of original octopus takoyaki (4 for $4, or 6 for $6), The crispy dumplings are turned slowly as they cook until they form round balls that are then topped with mayo, takoyaki sauce, ground nori, bonito flakes and green onions.

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                    Boise Fry Co.: Keep it classic with a bison burger ($8.50) crowned with spring mix, tomato, red onion gastrique and garlic aioli.  

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                      Bel Cibo: The menu might be a little hard to read, but the Gringo Pork ($7) with verde pork, homemade pickled onions and cilantro lime aioli sounds delicious. 

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                        Neckar Coffee: Grab a cup of locally roasted pour-over coffee from these Boise Farmers Market regulars. 

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                          Kanak Attack Catering: The edamame soba salad ($3) is a healthy, energizing option for those weary of meaty, cheesy meals. 

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                            B-Town Bistro: The Baja fish tacos ($8.50) contain Payette’s Rodeo Rye and panko-crusted mahi mahi, purple cabbage, pico de gallo and chipotle sour cream on a homemade flour tortilla. 

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                              Archie’s Place: Though the sloppy grilled cheese ($7) with vegetarian “unicorn” meat is an all-time favorite, we’ve got our eyes on the Sriracha grilled pineapple ($3) for a mid-afternoon snack. 

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                                Mar 29, 2015
                                Kim Rivers

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                                An owner said the dumpster behind their food truck park is overflowing. He said it’s an eyesore, it smells, and it’s attracting flies and birds.

                                AUSTIN — If you’re standing in line to order at a food truck, the last thing you want to smell is trash.

                                But that’s what some food truck owners on Rainey Street said is becoming a problem.

                                “When I walk by, drive by, I feel sick to my stomach because it’s garbage,” said Ron Eastman, the owner of The Beef Cake Shop food truck.

                                Eastman said the dumpster behind their food truck park is overflowing. He said it’s an eyesore, it smells, and it’s attracting flies and birds.

                                “After business here last night, not only was it three feet flowing over, but there were trash bags all around,” said Sal Salinas, the owner of Firefly Pizza Pies.

                                Salinas said the trash company has missed the last four pick-ups.

                                “We’re very frustrated, this has been going on a long time now,” Salinas said.

                                Both owners said they continue to call the company, but no one answers. They talked to someone once, who told them that there is a scheduled pick-up time, and that if the trash is not out there at that time, they will not come back until the next scheduled time.

                                Eastman said they have used this trash company for almost 2 years, and have not had a problem.

                                “It’s making us look bad when we don’t have any control,” Eastman said.

                                After complaints, Salinas took the problem into his own hands, and hired workers to clean up the mess.

                                “It shouldn’t be something we’re having to do especially since we’re already paying for the service,” Salinas said.

                                Salinas said they pay about $175 a month for the service.

                                Now, they just want answers, and want the trash to go away.

                                Salinas and Eastman said they contacted the city to file a formal complaint.

                                KVUE news has tried to contact the trash service, but they have not returned calls or emails.

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                                Waco food truck event overwhelms foodies, owners, expectations – Waco Tribune

                                Waco’s first food truck event Saturday surprised everyone as much larger than expected crowds swarmed downtown, causing confusion in lines, and resulting in food trucks temporarily shutting down under the pressure.

                                Despite the hiccups, organizers, foodies and food trucks from across the state said they were thrilled with the turnout and hope to expand the event in the future.

                                Nearly three dozen food trucks invaded Waco’s Heritage Square for the Texas Food Truck Showdown, serving a signature dish for lunch before opening back up with full menus for dinner.

                                Eight Waco trucks joined the ranks as food trucks traveled from Austin, Dallas, Houston and more for the event.

                                Two hours into the showdown signs starting popping up on some food trucks, saying that they were forced to close temporarily for various reasons.

                                The Cowgirl Express from Whitney stopped serving 90 minutes into the event because of an equipment failure.

                                Owner Jackie Nelson said they were able to reopen later, but the amount of food flowing out of the truck to hungry customers was faster than their machine could keep up with.

                                Not that she’s complaining. Nelson said she would have never guessed the event would have been so popular, and if it is hosted again she will be better prepared.

                                Nelson said her first event with the food truck, which she purchased in August, was Waco Wonderland in December and she lost money because of low attendance. Nelson said she more than made up for that Saturday and hopes organizers host the event more often.

                                Julina Macy, Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce communications director, said attendance was well above the 5,000 officials expected.

                                “Overall, the beautiful weather, community enthusiasm and amazing eats created a new tradition for Greater Waco,” Macy said. “We learned a lot and look forward to creating a more delicious event next year.”

                                Macy said tickets sold out early and most of the food trucks were out of food before 3 p.m. But, she said, they received positive input from vendors and customers were patient and understanding.

                                She said organizers will look at a possible new location next year. But they would like to keep the event downtown to showcase area businesses.

                                160 meals

                                Waco’s Club Sandwich owner Youngdae Moon said he had to quit serving for 30 minutes to prepare more dishes. He sold 160 meals in the first two hours.

                                “This is way better than I thought it would be,” Moon said.

                                As Moon resumed sales, Temple-based food truck CNJ Catering put a sign in its window letting customers know it would be closed an hour.

                                Co-owner Sharon Dokupil said the smoker inside the truck needed time to reheat because it was being used so much. Dokupil said they sold 400 meals in less than two hours.

                                She said they have been to other food truck festivals in Temple, but nothing compared to the crowd that came to downtown Waco.

                                Despite having to close briefly, Dokupil said she would gladly attend again and that organizers were extremely helpful.

                                “I’d love if they held this every couple of months,” she said. “I think Waco could support it.”

                                Celebrity chefs and food truck writers signed books while live music was performed. Visitors enjoyed beer and wine at about a dozen mobile vendors. As the sun set, organizers brought in an inflatable screen and showed the 1994 film “The Little Rascals” to cap the evening.

                                Robinson resident Jennifer Burg, 32, said despite being a picky eater, she was excited to attend. Burg said she tried hamburgers, cupcakes, popcorn and more.

                                Her daughter, 4-year-old Kyndal, enjoyed her french fries the most.

                                “I think it’s wonderful,” Jennifer Burg said. “It brought everyone out that wouldn’t normally be outside. I love the variety.”

                                Meanwhile, McGregor resident Brian Adamik, 48, had already purchased signature meals from 10 food trucks in an hour. Adamik said he arrived to the event a half-hour before it started and lines were already forming. Adamik said he never dreamed the crowd would be so large and hopes organizers host the event annually.

                                “We’d come every year,” he said.

                                Waco residents Brian Rainosek, 23, and Richard Ruit, 28, said the event exceeded their expectations.

                                “I’m going to smell everything I can,” Rainosek said.

                                Waco resident Lisa Bible, 50, said she came because she’s a huge fan of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

                                While Bible enjoyed a variety of food, her grandson tried a grilled cheese sandwich.

                                When asked how it was, 8-year-old Jaden Stewart said, “It was good. Not better than Grandma’s.”

                                Others came to the event with a game plan.

                                China Spring resident Sydney Cox, 29, went to the event prepared with friends, who shared food with one another. She said they purchased 10 tickets so they could taste a variety of food.

                                “This is really exciting for Waco,” she said.

                                Hewitt residents Tom and Ava Pallister said they hope the event leads to more food truck-related activities in Waco.

                                “Waco has been a ghost town for so long,” Tom Pallister, 62, said.

                                Tom Pallister said his favorite meal was an Australian meat pie.

                                “It needs salt, but it’s good,” said Ava Pallister, 59.

                                While plenty of food truck owners had previous experience, Frisco-based Bayou Foods made its debut.

                                Co-owner John Hughes said he couldn’t have asked for anything better on his opening day.

                                “We didn’t expect this much,” Hughes said. “It’s crazy. I can’t see the end of our line. This is absolutely insane to me.”

                                Hughes said with the love Wacoans gave to the food trucks, he plans on bringing his back to town for any type of event.

                                By 2 p.m., complaints were heard about the lack of places to purchase water and about the length of the lines.

                                Clifton resident Rhonda Raines, 55, said she hopes more water stations, trash cans and space will be available in the future.

                                Lines for water, tickets and at each food truck mixed together, causing confusion with the large crowd, she said.

                                McGregor resident Randall Weidner, 39, echoed Raines’ comments but added he hadn’t tried any food that wasn’t good, and he had tried a lot.

                                Signature dishes

                                As each food truck served its signature dish, celebrity judges took turns evaluating each location. Judges included Austin food truck writer Tiffany Harelik; Grady Spears, a former owner of Fort Worth’s acclaimed Reata restaurant and author of “The Cowboy Chef;” chef Michael Osborne, who teaches culinary arts at Texas State Technical College; Stephen Friday, former Hilton Waco head chef; and Waco singer Holly Tucker.

                                Walking, or rather, driving away as the $2,500 grand prize winner was Chef Tai from College Station.

                                Downtown businesses also saw a beneficial residual effect from the festival.

                                Some people skipped the long lines for drinks and walked downtown to quench their thirst.

                                Josh Little, assistant general manager at nearby Jimmy John’s, said the store was busier than ever during the event.

                                He said — inside a packed store — that people were flooding in to buy drinks, but a surprising amount were also purchasing sandwiches.

                                “This festival brought a lot of people to a place not generally traveled,” Little said. “Downtown looks great, like it should be.”

                                Several blocks down, B Joy Bijoux Couture Vintage Boutique owner Brenda Atchison said the crowd at her Austin Avenue store had been tremendous and that she had sold a lot of items.

                                Atchison said her store was busier than times the city closed down Austin Avenue for events. She said people had stopped by, mentioning they never knew the 4-year-old boutique was there.

                                “Any time you can get people to come downtown for any reason, it’s great,” she said.

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                                The best foodie Easter events: From Daylesford Farm’s harvest to a Sconeathon …

                                Today

                                It’s spring harvest time! In the Cotswolds, Lady Bamford’s Daylesford Farm is embracing the new season with a special “Easter Fun for Children” class at the on-site cookery school. Aimed at urban denizens seeking a trip to the country, it teaches about the connection between farm and food. The young pupils harvest their own seasonal fruit and veg, then collect eggs and milk from the working farm. To finish, they’ll make hot cross buns and decorate Easter eggs. £50, suited to six- to 11-year-olds, daylesford.com

                                Heston’s Cravings, London SW7

                                Throughout Easter holidays

                                If you want to understand our appetites, a new exhibition at the Science Museum explains all. Heston Blumenthal has created a craving experiment with food scientist Charles Spence. You can touch 3D-printed mice, sniff a scientific smell kit, and “chew” “bread” in the interactive displays; there’s even a section on the gut and pooing. Free, 10am-7pm, sciencemuseum.org.uk

                                Baking at Leiths, London W12

                                Wednesday

                                Teen foodies can learn the essentials of baking at the chef-filled Leiths School of Food and Wine in west London. They’ll make orange cheesecake brownies, lemon-syrup loaf cakes and buttermilk soda bread. The afternoon will be spent in a cupcake-decorating challenge. £95, 10am-3.30pm, leiths.com

                                 

                                ‘Odd Bits’ pop-up, Manchester

                                Good Friday and Easter Saturday

                                For food-loving teens and parents seeking an idiosyncratic dining experience, the Buttery in Manchester’s Levenshulme aims to show off the best British foods, as well as Manchester produce, through its one-off events. Its Easter Odd Bits pop-up restaurant boasts a first course of calf’s brain with capers and black butter. Also delectable-sounding is the fish course of cod cheeks and chips. Afters rival the mains – cue blood-orange lardy cake with roast rhubarb and vanilla ice cream. £30 for five courses, 7pm, buttery.org.uk

                                Wild-garlic foraging, Carmarthenshire

                                Easter Saturday

                                Spring’s most exciting arrival, alongside St George’s mushrooms and spring lamb, is the pungent wild garlic, a recherché cheffy ingredient. In the Towy valley in Carmarthenshire, the award-winning Welsh chef Margaret Rees will lead a spring forage and wild-garlic bake to teach folk how to identify the garlicky delicacy and transform it into soups, sauces, pesto and dishes. A tapas taster lunch is served, too. £55, 10am-3pm, gooddayout.co.uk

                                Chocolate weekend, Bristol

                                Easter Saturday and Sunday

                                Bristol’s debut Taste Chocolate weekend will offer children’s activities and a cookery theatre with chefs such as Kelly Sealey of Bordeaux Quay making miso brownies, as well as exhibiting a bevy of chocolatiers, bakers and street-food vendors. Sure to be popular with little ones is Bertha’s Sourdough Pizza, a buttercup-yellow Land Rover selling wood-fired pizza. Free, 10am-4.30pm, Brunel Square, tastechocolate.co.uk

                                Brighton Food Festival

                                Wednesday to Easter Monday




                                The folks behind the Rockinghorse Children’s Food Festival are staging an Easter egg hunt at the Brighton Food Festival, pictured above (where there are also beer, cider and wine festivals). There are also food trails around the Lanes and Kemp Town, and themed dinners to enjoy, such as a pop-up at the aquarium. Free, brightonfoodfestival.com

                                Seaside festival, Broadstairs

                                Easter Saturday to Easter Monday

                                If you’re pining for the seaside on the bank hols, make your way to Kent’s Thanet. Not only does Broadstairs glitter with seven golden sandy beaches, but the festival itself will have stalls with Kent cider, local blue cheeses and cockle popcorn. Free, 10am-5pm, broadstairsfoodfestival.org.uk

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                                Egg hunt, London W8

                                Easter Sunday

                                Public Easter egg hunts are on the up in the capital. Kensington Roof Gardens, a whopping 1½ acres of verdant greenery in the sky, is putting on a trail among its flamingos and foliage. The hunt is led by a giant Easter bunny. And the most coveted trophy is a humongous egg from Choccywoccydoodah. 11.45am, virginlimitededition.com/en/the-roof-gardens.

                                (A rival adventure is at the Bank of England Museum, where children will seek out chicks and eggs hidden around the museum. 10am-4.30pm, Tomorrow to Thursday and 7-10 April, bankofengland.co.uk)

                                Edinburgh street food

                                Easter Sunday




                                The Cowgate in Edinburgh welcomes back the Old Town Street Food Festival (pictured above) for a spring extravaganza. There are eight street-food vendors, a real-ale bar, pop-ups and two music stages should you want to bust a move after indulging in some gluttony. Free, 12pm-11pm, facebook.com/events/786975684725438

                                Liverpool Food and Drink Festival

                                Easter Sunday and Monday

                                An edible garden, children’s zone and market are just a few of the attractions on offer at Liverpool’s spring festival in Sefton Park. For coffee-geek parents there is Adams Russell, selling hand-roasted Java and Brazilian Santos while bread-heads can check out Dough It Yourself. From £5 (under-14s free), liverpoolfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk

                                Country show, Northamptonshire

                                Easter Sunday and Monday

                                From ferret racing to enticing regional produce, the provincial country show comes into its own at Easter. One of the first of the year is in the grandiose grounds of Kelmarsh Hall. Alongside the countryside events, there’s a food festival. From £13 (free for 15s-and-under), kelmarshcountryshow.co.uk.

                                (Another spring show is the Gamekeeper’s Fair on the Catton Estate in Derbyshire. Expect a food village of fresh game, butchery, pies, and artisan cheese. From £8, under-15s free, 11-12 April, bascgamekeepersfair.co.uk )

                                Sconeathon, Suffolk

                                11 April




                                Heard of a Sconeathon? By popular demand, it’s now in its third year. Nestled along the Suffolk coast on the National Trust’s Dunwich Heath and Beach, the Coastguard Cottage’s tea room attracts scone-adoring fans, who can muse over 30 sweet and savoury varieties. Free, three scones for £3, 10am-5pm, nationaltrust.org.uk/dunwich-heath-and-beach

                                Baking with Bertinet, Bath

                                Thursday and 9 April

                                Bertinet Kitchen, the Bath cookery school run by the lauded French chef Richard Bertinet, is putting on Easter sessions for children. Youngsters can discover the art of baking “real” bread with a parent, granny or grandpa – £190 for 1 adult, 1 child, Thursday – or participate alone and refine their patisserie skills: £35, 9 April, thebertinetkitchen.com

                                Street-food festival, Birmingham

                                11 April

                                Village Square on Kings Heath’s high street will play host to street-food collective BrumYumYum, offering a vibrant day out. Highlights include Umami dishing up katsu curry, Buddha Belly selling Thai fare, and Low n Slow – try the brisket chilli cheese in brioche. Free, 12pm-6pm, brumyumyum.com

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                                Mar 28, 2015
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                                Quiz: SXSW Band Name or Austin Food Truck?

                                Finding a good band name isn’t easy. Just ask the guys in Viet Cong. But we noticed a trend while we were in Texas last week that the lines between band names and food truck vendors was getting a little blurry. And that’s after bbq joint Pig Vicious closed up shop. A couple of our friends started playing SXSW Band or Austin Food Truck?, and we decided to take the game to you. There are no gimmies here, as much as we wanted to include Diarrhea Planet. You’ll have to know your stuff to get ’em all. We picked 12 names of either bands playing this year’s SXSW or food trucks in Austin. See if you know your music and mobile cuisine.

                                *Hat tip to Sean Doyle and Derek Webb for inventing this pastime.

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                                Food Truck Showdown: Serving up wide variety of cuisine in downtown Waco – Waco Tribune

                                Nearly three dozen food trucks converge on Waco’s Heritage Square this weekend with some dishes that many Waco foodies may encounter for the first time.

                                How about a burger with doughnuts as buns? A deep-fried, bacon-wrapped hot dog topped with chili? Indo-Chinese and Guam specialties? Korean eel sauce? The less-adventurous shouldn’t worry: There’s plenty of burgers, tacos, pizza, sandwiches, salads and more, too.

                                They all come together in Saturday’s Texas Food Truck Showdown and Sunset Cinema where 35 trucks — eight from Waco and the rest from across the state, including a 2011 winner of the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race” — face off for a $2,500 grand prize.

                                It’s more than food. There will be book signings by celebrity chefs and food truck writers, live music from noon to 3 p.m., a beer and wine garden, some 11 mobile vendors (think food trucks, but selling things other than food) and a free, outdoor screening of the 1994 film “The Little Rascals.” Organizers expect a crowd of 2,000 to 5,000 people for the first-time event.

                                Ashley Futris, director of sports and special events for the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Davis, the chamber’s coordinator of sports and special events, came up with the idea after frequent visits to Waco food trucks located downtown, Futris said.

                                Cities such as Austin, Dallas and Houston have food truck festivals, but not many competitions, so the two decided hosting a contest would draw attention to a Waco event. It also didn’t hurt that Waco is centrally located, although not close enough for some possible competitors, she added. “One told us they didn’t think their truck could make the trip,” she said.

                                While the concept of food trucks may have a higher profile in Waco and national pop culture — the Food Network’s “Great Food Truck Race” and the 2014 indie film “Chef” come to mind — they’ve been around for decades, Austin food truck writer/guru Tiffany Harelik said.

                                “It’s not a new food pop culture. There’s street food in every culture,” she said.

                                That makes the idea more than a fad. “As long as we have streets and communities, we’ll have street food,” she said.

                                That said, the cultural mix, economies and histories that make communities distinctive also make their food truck cultures distinctive. Harelik started writing about food trucks in 2009 and now has several books to her credit: a seven-volume “Trailer Food Diaries” series that looks at food trucks in Austin, Dallas, Houston and Portland, Oregon, with recipes from those trucks; “The Big Bend Cookbook”; and a “Girls Guide” young adult series. She also helped organize Austin’s Trailer Food Tuesdays.

                                Why the current popularity? “I think part of the appeal is that you get to meet the person who cooks for you, takes your order and is cleaning the dishes,” she said. “A lot of times it’s the person you’re engaged with on Facebook or Twitter.”

                                Food trucks also offer an excuse to get out of the office, the car or the home with a more satifying experience than a fast-food restaurant’s drive-thru lane, she added.

                                Given her knowledge and love of the subject, has she ever operated a food truck or wanted to? “Absolutely not,” she laughed. “It’s hard work and only a few make it to the top. Your profit is dependent on the weather and other things that you can’t control. My passion is writing.”

                                Harelik will join Grady Spears, a former owner of Fort Worth’s acclaimed Reata restaurant and author of “The Cowboy Chef,” who wrote a foreword to her “Big Bend Cookbook,” on the judges panel. Also judging are Chef Michael Osborne, who teaches culinary arts at Texas State Technical College; Stephen Friday, former Hilton Waco head chef; and popular Waco singer Holly Tucker.

                                They’ll sample and choose from entries prepared by about 35 food trucks from across the state, representing not only a variety of cuisines, but fusions of those cuisines: tacos with Asian-styled fillings, Indian dishes with a Chinese twist, novel sweet-savory pairings like burgers with peanut butter or strawberry jam, grilled lamb or goat with curry or chimichango sauces.

                                The grand-prize winner drives off with $2,500, but there are also $500 awards for best dessert, best between-bread (think sandwiches, tacos and the like) best barbecue, best international and most creative truck design.

                                Celebrity judges will sample and judge between 10 and 11 a.m. with public tasting/judging (for People’s Choice) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

                                A $3 Tasty Ticket is good for an approximately 4-ounce sample of any dish up for competition, with $1 from each ticket helping defray Showdown costs and the remaining $2 going to the truck.

                                Bands performing during that period include Twelve 12 at noon, Katie Stewart at 1 p.m. and Giblet Head at 2 p.m. Harelik will sign copies of her books, and mobile vendors will offer shopping. There will be a beer and wine garden operating during the day and live broadcasts by local media KWTX-TV and iHeartMedia radio stations.

                                The food trucks will reopen with their full menus at 5 p.m., offering more than the food items put up for judging. “Little Rascals” will be shown on an inflatable screen at Heritage Park shortly after sundown, and Futris suggested that those attending may want to bring lawn chairs for seating. No coolers will be allowed for the event, however, and pets must be on a leash.

                                Food truck contest veteran Harelik recommended attendees bring sunscreen, cash, patience for standing in lines — and friends to share samples.

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