8th Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition this Saturday

Twenty-seven food trucks will roll into Veteran’s Park in Springfield this Saturday, Aug. 20, for the 8th Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition. The community-favorite event will offer delectable mobile delights and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We are thrilled with the quality and variety of food trucks represented at the competition and are eager to see the turnout this weekend,” said Eddie Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing committee chair. “Every year we see new trucks, a new concept or new take on gourmet mobile cuisine that we’ve never had before.”

The Rotary selects a unique variety of trucks from those that apply each year, resulting in a diverse spread of cuisines throughout the park’s path. Different food choices offered this weekend include American comfort foods and standards such as BBQ, burgers, pizza, seafood and wings, to dishes from around the world, including African, Asian, Cajun, Greek, Hawaiian, Indian, Italian and more.

View a complete list of participating trucks , and see the event map here on our website, or download the Springfield Food Truck mobile app to have all information at your fingertips.

Each truck will offer their best signature dish for a shot at $10,000 in prize money, including a $5,000 grand prize, a $2,500 runner-up and a $1,500 third-place prize, all decided by a panel of local and special guest celebrity judges. Judges for this year’s competition include:

  • Erica Blaire Roby, Champion of Food Networks BBQ BRAWL
  • Lisa Freeman, Chef/Owner of Crust & Company, Salato Deli, and Le Torte Dolci Bakery
  • Clayton Horrighs, Executive Chef of Speakeasy Ramen
  • Doug McGregor, owner of Seasons Kitchen
  • Elizabeth Wiley, Chef/Owner of Meadowlark Restaurant and Wheat Penny Oven & Bar 

All event attendees can also vote via the Springfield Food Truck mobile app for their favorite food truck to receive the $1,000 “People’s Choice” award. All winners will be announced on stage at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Live entertainment will provide the soundtrack throughout the event on the park’s amphitheater stage, with four musical acts including Stringus Khan at 12 p.m., Terrapin Moon at 2 p.m., Braeden Carey at 4 p.m. and Factory Line at 6 p.m. 

“While the competition is a great annual community social event, it is also a major fundraiser for Rotary, with proceeds specifically supporting local people with disabilities and scholarships,” said Bell, who noted that over $200,000 has been raised by the competition throughout the years for the group’s causes.

While admission to the event is free, attendees can make donations to help support Springfield Rotary’s causes in-person and via the mobile app. Attendees will also be purchasing items from the full menus that food trucks have to offer. A beer garden open throughout the event will feature craft beer from Springfield’s Mother Stewart’s Brewery, Michelob Ultra, Budweiser, Bud Light and White Claw. Water and a selection of soda will also be available.

“We encourage everybody to come early, bring your lawn chairs and blankets, stick around all day for the entertainment, and enjoy all the gourmet treats the competition has to offer,” said Bell. 

For complete details and updates about participating food trucks, entertainment schedule, competition and more, visit springfieldfoodtruck.com, facebook.com/springfieldfoodtruck, or download the Springfield Food Truck mobile app for Android and Apple devices.

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