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The first Street Fare Derby — a combo platter of food trucks, crafts, and quarter horse racing — came out of the gates strong today at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The event was put on by the folks behind NolaFoodTrucks.com, who have staged similar festivals in food-truck capitol Portland, Ore., and the people behind FoodCartsPortland.com came in to see how New Orleans does it.
The trucks included BBQ n Some, The Big Cheesy, the Burrito Juke Joint, La Cocinita, Crêpes à la Cart, Empanada Intifada, Fork in the Road, Fresh Junkie, the Fry Bar, Geaux Plates, Lola Deux, Melt Down, Peace, Love + Sno-balls, Streats McGee, Woody’s Fish Tacos and Miss Linda the Yakamein Lady. Entertainment was provided by Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers and Papa Grows Funk. There was some grousing about a cover charge and a few trucks ran out of dishes early — which seems to happen at every food festival in this city. But it was a great day to eat street food, hear some music and watch a few races. Now if the City Council can just loosen up the rules on licensing food trucks, perhaps we can have two or three times as many trucks next year …
New Orleans’ first food-truck festival takes place at the
Fair Grounds this Saturday.
The inaugural Street Fare Derby features the city’s tastiest traveling treats, live music and much more. The event is aimed at creating awareness for alternative dining in the area. “It’s a way to gather and celebrate New Orleans’ amazing street food,” says event organizer and NOLAfoodtrucks.com co-founder Lizzy Caston.
It will feature food from more than 15 roving restaurants, priced at $3-$4 per item. “It’s hard, sometimes, to go out and try to find all these trucks and street vendors. It can be a real treasure hunt,” Caston says. Among the treasures to be found are gourmet french fries and amazing grilled cheese sandwiches, fantastic fish tacos, gourmet street food from Latin America, and sweet and savory frozen treats like unique flavored sno-balls.
The event gives diners a chance to sample from the area’s wide and fast-growing range of street food in one location. “Having them all in one place is a way to sample some foods you might not normally be able to try that are in New Orleans and, really, doing some fun, amazing things,” says Caston.
The city’s best food trucks will be set up at the Fair Grounds from 12:30 to 6 p.m. for the afternoon of food, with music provided by Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers and Papa Grows Funk. Also, arts and crafts and kids’ attractions.
“The food is the best part, but we really believe it’s true economic development, creating small businesses in New Orleans during hard economic times. And it also brings kind of a vibrancy to the streets of New Orleans in under-served areas,” Caston says.
“It’s a fun way to celebrate some lesser known, but still some of the best, food in the City. It’s also a terrific way to show support for small independently owned businesses that are the backbone of the New Orleans economy.”
“If you’re curious about this exciting but still relatively underground culture in New Orleans and beyond, come eat on the street with us.”
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