Thirty-two food trucks are set to compete in the Fifth Annual Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition on Aug. 18 in Veteran’s Park; but like any competition, there can only be one winner.
The winner of the $10,000 grand prize for Best Food Truck Cuisine, the $5,000 Runner Up and $2,000 Third Place truck will be decided by a panel of local celebrity judges, and at least five roving anonymous volunteer judges. Celebrity judges for 2018 include:
- Micah Berner, owner of Cecil and Lime in Springfield
- John Da Rosa, sous chef at Seasons Bistro and Grille in Springfield
- Lisa Freeman, head chef and co-owner of Le Torte Dolci Bakery in Springfield
- Doug McGregor, chef and owner of Seasons Bistro in Springfield
- Tina Pavlatos, owner of Visual Anatomy Chocolates in Springfield
The celebrity judges will base their scores on a combination of factors including: Flavor/Taste, Presentation/Visual Appeal and Creativity/Originality.
The anonymous judges will provide scores for Best Truck/Cart Design, Best Customer Service/Friendliness/Hospitality and Best Menu Variety/Value/Originality that will be added to the food judges’ scores of taste, presentation and creativity to determine first through third place winners.
A $1,000 People’s Choice award winner will also be determined by attendee votes the day of the competition. Attendees will be limited to one vote per mobile device for their favorite food truck. Voting will take place exclusively through the Springfield Food Truck mobile app.
Due to the size, scope and nature of the competition, trucks will not be preparing samples for event attendees. Attendees will be purchasing items off the trucks’ menus.