Four local food trucks are preparing for a showdown on Saturday when they compete against each other to win the Food Truck Cup. After tasting the hodgepodge, people can attend the feast to vote for their favorite food truck.
The Food Truck Festival is a fundraiser for Longmont Food Rescue. It takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the east car park at 350 Terry St. directly in front of St. Vrain Cidery.
The participants in the food festivals have the opportunity to try four different food trucks and vote for their favorites. This year the reigning Food Truck Cup champion of 2019, Nacho Mama’s Tacos, returns. The authentic Mexican street food truck competes against The Maine Event, a food truck that serves New England-style dishes. Farm Eats Direct, which serves fresh, locally sourced food; and Hurry 4 Curry, which serves Indian and Nepalese take-away dishes.
The dishes are complemented by drinks from St. Vrain Cidery, Abbott & Wallace Distillery and Outworld Brewing. Live music is played by Blackjack Gravy and Shadow Side.
Naomi Curland, Executive Director of Longmont Food Rescue, said she was looking forward to the return of this year’s Food Truck Cup, which was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have our menu ready now,” said Curland. “It is a little surprise when we can distribute the menus to all ticket holders at the event. I took a quick look at the menu and they served some great dishes. ”The customer review has been automatically translated from German.
The Food Truck Cup serves as the annual fundraising event for Longmont Food Rescue and helps round out Longmont Restaurant Week, which began October 8th and runs through Sunday.
The goal of the nonprofit is to redistribute nutritious foods that retailers would otherwise have to throw away, such as: People can also donate items from their garden if they have too many fruits and vegetables. The food is provided to low-income groups and the homeless.
“The opportunity to have a community fundraising event is great for supporting us year-round, but it’s also a chance to be in the community and share what we’re doing and like it around a food celebration do a restaurant week, ”said Curland.
In a press release from Longmont Food Rescue, Kelly Mahoney, founder and board member of the nonprofit, reiterated this.
“One of our goals at this event is to showcase newer trucks with different menus to share their unique cuisine with the community,” Mahoney said in the press release. “It also gives our food trucks the opportunity to take part in Restaurant Week.”
The coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for food. Curland said the scope of services the nonprofit has grown over the past two years to meet that demand.
“Since our inception (in 2017), we’ve been on a growth path of 10,000 additional pounds of food recovered and distributed each year,” said Curland. “We have already exceeded that this year.”
More than 50,000 pounds of food was distributed over the summer, and Curland expects about 20,000 more pounds to be distributed by the end of the year. To respond to the increased demand, the nonprofit has made more public distributions and added recipient pages so that donated food arrives right where people live.
The participating food trucks and beverage companies are donating their tasting menus so that any ticket proceeds will benefit Longmont Food Rescue, Curland said.
People can buy general admission tickets for $ 10 and prepay a tasting. Tasting menu tickets for the special Restaurant Week price of $ 28.71 are also available and include samples from each truck and three drinks. Tickets can be purchased online at bit.ly/3j1zwO7.
To contain the crowd due to the ongoing pandemic, tickets are provided for either 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. entry. People are also encouraged to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.
“We’re really excited that it could happen this fall this year,” said Curland. “I am very excited about it. It’s going to be a nice day. We’ll have nice weather for an outdoor festival. “