Nashville: Battle of the Food Trucks

by Dana Kopp Franklin | Nashville Scene

Fall is a golden time for food news and events — the harvest’s in, the weather’s ideal for eating and strolling outdoors, and intriguing new restaurants hustle to open before the holidays kick off.

Lately, as Nashville catches up with a national trend, our avid interest in new restaurants has expanded to include food trucks. A new truck seems to pop up weekly, and for curious diners clamoring for a food-truck roundup — even better, a food-truck competition — there’s a brand-new event: Battle of the Food Trucks, on Oct. 2.

This food-truck version of gladiatorial combat takes place not in the Roman Coliseum, but in the family-friendly confines of Greer Stadium. And instead of hurling tridents, the participants will sling fresh vittles.

The winner will be determined by the will of the people — well, all the people who turn out on an autumn afternoon to chip in for charity and consume samples from a dozen or so likely food-truck contenders.

Your $25 buys you entry into the event, samples from all the food trucks and one drink ticket. Bring five cans of food for donation to Second Harvest Food Bank and receive one extra drink ticket.

After filling yourself with food-truck fare, vote for your favorite. The master of ceremonies will be the always entertaining Chef Arnold Myint.

Participating food trucks include some that are familiar and some we haven’t heard much about: Deg Thai, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, JonBalaya, Love Shack, Maggie’s Mobile Slab, Moovers & Shakers, Riff’s Fine Street Food, Taste of Belgium, Terradelicious, The Cupcake Collection, Izzie’s Ice, Fleur de Lis Flavors, Tin Can Treats, Mere Bulles, The Latin Wagon, Smoke et al, Mean Green Ice Cream Machine and Sugar Wagon.

Proceeds benefit The Tomorrow Fund (a fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee) and its mission to help children. 3 p.m. at Greer Stadium; tickets on sale at thetomorrowfund.org

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