The sights, smells and sounds of gourmet food trucks, craft brews and live music will fill Veterans Park Aug. 18 for the Springfield Rotary Club’s 5th annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition, an event that has become a summer staple in the Miami Valley region.
“Most attendees don’t realize that 100 percent of the proceeds from the event go toward our various charities, including services to people with disabilities,” said Eddie Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing committee chair. “We’ve raised over $100,000 in the first four years, which has increased the number of individuals we serve by more than 70 percent since the inaugural event.”
In addition to the goodwill of the event, a variety of good eats will be on-hand like always as 32 gourmet food trucks from three states serve dishes from their eclectic menus to attendees and compete for the $10,000 grand prize. As in years past, a runner-up and third place winner will also be selected by a group of local celebrity judges, while a “People’s Choice” award winner will be voted on by attendees via the event’s mobile app. All winners will be announced during the awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m.
And, seven food trucks will have competed in the event all five years after next Saturday – Firehouse Crab Balls, Hunger Paynes, Marty’s Waffles, Streetpops, SugarSnap!, Pitabilities and Mojo Tago, Bell also noted.
“Since it’s a gourmet food truck competition, we’re selective when choosing the participating vendors so that there is a wide array of cuisines – from fresh seafood and ethnic foods to classic barbecue and sweet treats – for attendees to choose from,” he said.
A beer garden featuring craft brews from Springfield’s own Mother Stewart’s Brewery, Michelob Ultra, Bud Light, wine, water and pop will accompany the food selection, and is the main source of fundraising for the Rotary Club during the competition.
“There nothing better than gourmet street food and an ice cold beer,” said Bell.
The event, running from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., will once again feature live music throughout the day that sets the stage and atmosphere for Springfield’s “must-taste” event of the summer. The entertainment line-up this year includes Andy Fox, Todd the Foxx, Tru Luv Band, Omega Point and the Red Idle Rejects. View the live music schedule here.
“We’re proud of the fact that this event has thrived for five years now and are planning on the 2018 competition being the best one yet, in terms of both the event itself and the money we raise for various charities,” said Bell.