Food truck competition exceeds expectations

Frank Everhart is a magician from Key West, Fla., on a tour of Ohio and Michigan. Saturday was his day off, and his feat was to make food disappear, writes Brett Turner in a recent Springfield News-Sun article. He found the perfect stage at the second Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition at Veteran’s Park.

The fundraising event gathered 40 mobile food vendors and featured a virtually limitless menu with dishes you don’t get every day — crab cakes, ethnic foods, bacon cupcakes — along with everyday foods with interesting twists.

Everhart timed his trip to coincide with the event at the suggestion of friend Marissa O’Neill.

“I’m brand new to this,” said Everhart. “I’m ready for some comfort food and a place to cool off.”

O’Neill, a local business owner, attended last year’s first food truck event and made it a point to return.

“People have been talking about it all year,” she said. “I tried so many different things, ate too much, took home as much as I could last year.”

Listening to feedback from the first event, Springfield Rotarians immediately went to work to improve the experience for attendees.

Read Brett Turner’s complete Springfield News-Sun article about the 2015 competition.

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