The food truck movement really has some wheels in Palm Beach County. Gone are the lowly sandwich truck days of the turn of the century, in are full-fledged mobile kitchens, cooking up gourmet street fare that rivals many brick-and-mortar eateries. With such an influx of food trucks motoring around the Sunshine State, the question arises: who cooks it best? Exactly the question Kasey Walden wanted to know. Which is why Walden, owner of Exit 52 Events, formed the inaugural Food Truck Face Off event, happening Saturday, September 12 at Old School Square in Delray Beach.
Lemongrass pork bánh mì from Spring In Roll Out, one of the participating food trucks.
The inaugural event will pit 13 of South Florida’s best food trucks in an epic foodie throw down. Attendees are charged with sampling the wares from the participating trucks, and vote for their favorite—the top three food truck vendors will walk away with awards. For anyone that’s been to one of the county’s many food truck events, they know these are more party then fine dining experience. And the only thing that goes better with food truck fare than a fist full of napkins, is a cold, locally brewed beer. Luckily, the Food Truck Face Off is just that kind of party. On tap will be a handful of locally and regionally breweries, pouring their hoppy creations for tastings, including Barrel of Monks Brewing, Saltwater Brewery, Cigar City Brewing, and Wynwood Brewing Company among others. Just for kicks, Girlfriend Material will perform, rounding out the afternoon’s festivities.
Some sweat treats from DOugh DOugh Donuts, another food truck vying for top billing at the inaugural Food Truck Face Off.
Different from standard Food Truck Invasions that dot the calendar, the Food Truck Face Off will be charging admission—$35 per person—but this does give attendees a few perks. First, each attendee will receive a $10 food voucher—good for bites from two trucks; unlimited craft beer samples—a rarity at other food truck events; and a portion of the event’s proceeds will benefit the Give N Go Project, a nonprofit organization that donates soccer gear and conducts soccer clinics at orphanages and foster homes around the world and the U.S. Each attendee will also receive a coin, used to vote for their favorite mobile kitchen—it is a great responsibility, choose wisely.
- The Food Truck Face Off generators will roar to life on Saturday, September 12 from 4-8 p.m. at Delray Beach’s Old School Square. Admission costs $35 for adults, free for kids under 12. For more information, visit http://www.exit52events.com.
Here’s a look at who’s on Food Truck Face Off cutting board:
- BC Tacos
- DOugh DOugh’s Donuts
- Bite Gastrotruck
- Curbside Gourmet
- DR Smokehouse
- It’s A Cubano B
- Munchie’s Snack Shack
- Parabas Grill
- Best French Fries
- Spring In Roll Out
- Churrasco Grill
- Palate Party