After having to cancel last year’s event, the Springfield Rotary Gourmet Food Truck Competition is back for a seventh year, featuring palate-pleasing mobile cuisine and live entertainment in an environment that is fun for all ages. The community-favorite event will run from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 at Veterans Park in Springfield.
“We are pleased to be able to bring this charitable event back to Springfield this year,” said Eddie Bell, Rotary member and Food Truck Competition marketing committee chair. “It is an amazing way to bring the community together to make a difference. The best part about this event is that 100 percent of the proceeds go toward various causes, including services to people with disabilities and scholarships.”
The 30 food trucks competing this year have a wide variety of cuisines that are all gourmet and stand out in their own unique way, with the ultimate goal of winning the $10,000 grand prize. From Mexican, Asian, Latin, Mediterranean, Peruvian, Puerto Rican, South African and Creole choices, to gourmet sandwiches, BBQ, waffles, seafood, and sweet treats and desserts, the trucks lining the park’s pathway will cure any craving while creating new ones along the way. A complete list of this year’s trucks can be found at springfieldfoodtruck.com and on the Springfield Food Truck mobile app.
In addition to the $10,000 grand prize, a $5,000 runner-up and $2,000 third-place prize will be decided by a panel of five local professional chefs and at least five roving anonymous volunteer judges. Chef judges for this year’s competition feature an all-Springfield-based panel including:
Micah Berner, owner of Cecil and Lime
Chef Lisa Freeman, head chef and co-owner of Le Torte Dolci Bakery
Chef Clayton Horrighs, of Speakeasy Ramen
Chef Doug McGregor, owner of Seasons Kitchen
Chef Troy Wheat, of All Seasons Catering
All attendees can also vote via the Springfield Food Truck mobile app throughout the competition for their favorite food truck to receive the $1,000 “People’s Choice” award. All winners will be announced on stage at approximately 4:45 p.m.
Live entertainment throughout the duration of the event starts at 11 a.m. with the marquee college football matchup of the weekend between Ohio State and Oregon shown on a jumbotron, and will continue through 9:30 p.m. with three Ohio-based musical acts on stage including Factory Line at 3:30 p.m., The Repeating Arms at 5:15 p.m. and Red Idle Rejects at 8:15 p.m.
“We encourage attendees to come early, bring their lawn chairs and blankets, and stick around all day for the entertainment and to enjoy all the gourmet treats the competition has to offer,” said Bell.
While admission to the event is free, attendees will be able to make donations to help support Springfield Rotary’s causes via PayPal during the event, and will 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.
For complete details and updates about the 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.
About Springfield Rotary Club
The Springfield Rotary Club was established in 1914 and is comprised of business and professional leaders within the community who volunteer their time and resources to help others in the Clark County area and throughout the world. This will be the club’s seventh Gourmet Food Truck Competition, and proceeds will benefit the many charitable causes it supports. For more information about the event, visit springfieldfoodtruck.com.