Sunday, October 9, 2011

TASTE! Street Vendor Food Awards

 Last weekend I got a chance to experience the First Annual (yes I hope there will be more) Street Vendor Awards.   I have become a huge fan of the food truck revolution happening here in Minneapolis.

It was great to see all my favorite vendors (and great DFI foods) like Chef Shack, Vellee, Twisted Sister, World Street Kitchen and Scratch.   It was also great to get a chance to try a few other trucks that mainly stay in St Paul. 

The event itself was well planned and orchestrate beautifully.  Although Taste! itself seemed to cater to a more high end individual, it was great to see a good mix of all people since the food trucks have tons of fans. 

The judges were local celebrity foodies including Minneapolis Mayor RT Rybak.   The judging panel tried a signature dish from several of the food trucks to determine who would be the Street Vendor of the year.   There was also a chance for the foodie fans to get involved with a People's Choice Award.

After the deliberation, the awards were announced and the winner was the new kid on the block Scratch!    People's choice award went to the Gastro Truck (a St Paul favorite).

All in all it was an amazing way to celebrate a beautiful autumn afternoon and celebrate local vendors.    I highly recommend going next year!  

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