Food Festivals

SoBeWFF: Bite Gastrotruck, Rolling Stove, BC Tacos Party on the Beach

The South Beach Wine & Food Festival's closing Trucks on the Beach party was a boisterous success. This was the first time the festival had a food-truckcentric party, though the New York Wine & Food Festival has had success with Trucks in the Park, a similar event.

Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern hosted the sold-out event, which featured 22 food trucks, most of them from our own backyard.

Our favorite food-truck chefs, decked out in royal-blue chefs jackets, courtesy of the festival, served thousands of sliders, tacos, sandwiches, and bites as a band covered party music.

Though lines were long for food-truck delights, guests made the best of it, grabbing a beer or a bottle of Freixnet sparkling wine (complete with neon-lit straw) to make the wait a little more fun. 

A volleyball court was set up on the beach (we spotted Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn playing), as were South Beach Food & Wine Festival-branded Ping-Pong tables for a little postfood play.  As the night (and festival) wound down to a close, Zimmern took to the stage to announce the winning food truck for the evening, which was voted on by event attendees.

Ms. Cheezious took the title by a close margin. According to Zimmern, only two votes separated the winner from the second-place truck, which wasn't named. 

BC Taco's Brett Charivari takes a minute from serving food to stop for a quick pic. BC served the Gatherer, a fried avocado taco with lettuce, mozzarella cheese, and chipotle mayo.

The Rolling Stove's Troy Thomas samples his own fare -- a braised jerk pork sandwich with coleslaw, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, and jalapeño jelly on a potato roll.

Celebrity chef Michael White flew to South Florida to grill up some home-made Capretto goat sausage with broccoli rabe pesto.

Ron Kerr brought Bite Gastrotruck to the tents. Eschewing the usual food-truck fare, Kerr served a pan-seared scallop with homestead corn and basil butter.

Ping-Pong, anyone?

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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