The familiar sights, sounds and smells of the Springfield Rotary Club’s annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition are set to return to Veterans Park in Springfield on Aug. 12 for the fourth year in a row, but seasoned fans of the “must-taste event of the summer” will notice a few subtle changes when the mobile cuisine caravan rolls into town.
“We’re building on all the success and feedback from the first three years of the event to make the fourth annual competition an even better and tastier event for the foodies of Springfield and the surrounding region,” said Eddie Bell, Springfield Rotarian and chair of the competition’s marketing committee.
Thirteen new food trucks are slated to join 25 veteran competitors for a total of 38 trucks from which to dine during the event.
New food trucks competing this year include Barroluco Argentine (Columbus, Ohio), Niko’s Street Eats (Dublin, Ohio), Adena’s Beefstroll (Mason, Ohio) and more. Click here for a complete list of competing trucks.
“We are looking forward to bringing something unique and exciting to this year’s competition,” said Omar D’Angelo, owner of Barroluco Argentine Comfort Food. “We’ve heard so many great things about the event, and we can’t wait to see for ourselves why it’s so anticipated.”
To get back to the true roots of a gourmet food truck competition, the award categories and prize money will be different than previous years, with a total of $18,000 in prize money being awarded compared to $15,000 in the past. Five local culinary professionals will judge each food truck’s signature dish on flavor/taste, presentation/visual appeal and creativity/originality. All judges’ scores will be combined to determine the three winners, Bell explained.
Awards and prizes include:
- 1st place winner – $10,000
- 2nd place winner – $5,000
- 3rd place winner – $2,000
- People’s Choice Award winner – $1,000
The People’s Choice Award is new to the competition this year based on feedback from attendees in previous years, said Bell. More details on how to vote the will be available closer to the competition date.
The daylong event will also continue to feature a beer garden and musical acts on the entertainment stage into the evening hours. Those visiting the competition are encouraged to bring their families and lawn chairs to make a full day of the event.
“Everything we’re doing and all of the changes we’re making are aimed at making the competition a stronger local attraction that provides even more delicious food and entertainment for attendees, all while coming together to support a great cause,” said Bell.
Proceeds and sponsorships will provide funding for Springfield Rotary Club’s many programs, including services to people with disabilities, Polio Plus (for the worldwide eradication of Polio) and the International Project in Lesotho.
The fourth annual Springfield Rotary Food Truck Competition is set for Saturday, Aug. 12 at Veterans Park in Springfield from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Download the Springfield Food Truck app for Android and Apple devices to stay up to date on the upcoming competition.