SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (June 28, 2016) – The Springfield Rotary Club will build off of past success with its third annual Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition Aug. 13 in Veterans Park.
“Last year’s competition went incredibly well, so we’re aiming to continue that success and host an event that’s fun and tasty for everyone involved,” said Edward Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing committee chair.
Like last year, food trucks will remain parked on the side of the road to reduce foot traffic and crowd congestion, and refrigerated storage will be provided for truck owners in order to meet the food demand of event attendees.
A total of 35 food trucks will participate in the event, 31 of which have been selected. Of the 31 selected, approximately 12 are returning from previous years while roughly 19 will be first-time competitors. The remaining four food trucks will be announced via social media, the event website and the mobile application, which is available for iOS and Android phones, said Bell.
Mojo Tago, winner of the 2015 competition, will be returning in hopes of winning for a second year in a row.
“I loved the dedication and passion the Springfield Rotarians have in putting together such a well-planned, well-promoted and well-run event,” said Brian Reed, founder and owner of Mojo Tago. “It is one of the best events we do each year.”
Reed, who worked in commercial real estate before opening Mojo Tago, said that he is looking forward to competing again and, hopefully, winning.
“It is a competition that I do think about from time to time once the food truck season starts,” said Reed. “I don’t have a lot of time to dwell on it because we are so busy, but I start thinking about what I want to do and how we can differentiate ourselves from the other gourmet food trucks at the competition.”
“We will try to do everything we can to win, but the competition is tough.”
To scope out Mojo Tago’s competition and learn more about the participating food trucks, visit springfieldfoodtruck.com. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
All proceeds from the event, sponsored by Speedway, will benefit the Springfield Rotary Club’s charitable causes, including Services to People with Disabilities, Polio Plus and the International Project in Lesotho, Africa.
To download the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition mobile application for participating food trucks’ menu, a map of the park, entertainment line-up and more, search for “Springfield Food Truck” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.