A rough estimate of 25,000 people attended the Texas Food Truck Showdown on Saturday in fair weather to enjoy food from 36 trucks from Texas and other states.
The Texas Farm Bureau and the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event, which included trucks from Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Ohio.
These included the Yum Pig in Oklahoma City, the Street Bites in Lewisville, and the Sushi Dojo in Southlake. Other local favorites, such Churros’ Time and 2021 grand champ Gelu Italian Ice, also made an attempt in the top spot.
The festival, which missed two years due to the pandemic but returned last year after a hiatus, was in its seventh year this year.
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Everyone like food, so it’s a wonderful chance for everyone to get together, according to Sarah McDonald, manager of the chamber’s hallmark events.
Owner of Island Noodles Jeremy Rowe traveled 18 hours from Ohio to Waco to compete for the first time. At the truck’s storefront, Rowe stir-fried the ingredients for Island Noodles with Teriyaki Chicken before serving it.
He stated that he will set up at the Fort Worth Arts Festival when he returns to Texas in a few weeks.
Hopefully, we spend a little more time down here, he remarked. “I hope to perform at Big Tex and possibly Austin City Limits as well. … Everyone familiar with the music festival scene is somewhat familiar with our cuisine.
At the competition, Sushi Dojo took home the grand championship while Island Noodles received the people’s choice award.
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Le’s Kitchen won for international cuisine, Tank’s Burgers won for best home-style cooking, Lulamae’s Cajun Cuisine of Temple won for fried food, Churros’ Time of Waco won for dessert.
There was more to the festival than just food. Raising Cane’s hosted a kids area where visitors could play games like corn hole, ax throwing, face painting, and balloon art for free.
The Republic Gun Club and the Advocacy Center for Crime Victims and Children held vendor tents at a pop-up market, along with other local businesses and organizations. From midday until 8:00 p.m., live music was broadcast over the crowd from the concert stage.
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