If you like food trucks and food competitions, look no further than the inaugural Food Truck Face Off coming to downtown Delray Beach this fall. The inaugural food event will feature 13 of South Florida's best food trucks as they "face off" against one another for the title of the event's "best food truck."
The Food Truck Face Off is the first of its kind, according to event founder Kasey Walden, also owner of Exit 52 Events, the Delray Beach-based event planning and promotion company responsible for planning the city's annual 5K Muttsquerade, Lake Worth's Foot Golf Tournament, and the Food Truck Face Off.
According to Walden, the competition-based food-truck event seemed like the perfect addition to Delray Beach's growing list of annual foodie-focused festivals.
"I plan a lot of local events, but I've never really had the chance to plan a big food event," said Walden during a recent interview. "I wanted to do something that would be different, as well as entertaining. I've seen burger battle competitions, and I've been to plenty of food-truck invasions. I thought it would be fun to do something that would combine both experiences in a city that doesn't have any food-truck round-ups."
Walden did her research and selected what she thought were some of the best food trucks in South Florida. On Saturday, September 12, they'll come together for an epic cook-off battle at Old School Square in Delray Beach. All you need to do to be part of the action is purchase a ticket for $35 and get ready to eat.
Each ticket will get you two $5 food vouchers to be used at any truck during the event, as well as a cup for unlimited craft beer sampling (participating breweries TBA) and a raffle ticket. Each person also receives a coin that will be used to "vote" for the best food truck at the roundup.
Participating food trucks include Bite Gastrotruck, Curbside Gourmet, Munchie's Snack Shack, PS561, Parabas Grill, Best French Fries, and Spring In Roll Out. For the full list, visit the event page.
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While attendees are participants as voters in the Food Truck Face Off, they will also participate in a worthwhile effort just for being there, said Walden, as a portion of the admission fee will be donated to benefit the Give N Go Project, a nonprofit organization founded by former collegiate soccer players to help create a team atmosphere for children without families. The local soccer charity donates soccer gear and conducts clinics at orphanages and foster homes for kids around the world in both developing countries and U.S. inner cities.
Tickets for the Food Truck Face Off go on sale at 10 a.m. on July 1. There is a limited number of tickets available. To purchase, visit the link online at exit52events.com the day ticket sales begin.
The inaugural Food Truck Face Off will take place Saturday, September 12, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Old School Square, located at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.