The Great American Food Truck Festival
The first ever Great American Food Truck Festival happened in Carroll County, Maryland this past weekend! I saw this event come up on Facebook a few months back and I knew right away we HAD to attend. I bought the tickets and I had been anxiously awaiting ever since. Sunday was the day! We arrived early and got in line. We could see the food trucks from afar and started devising a plan (yes, we took this very seriously). Also, at this point we were on the verge of hangry (so hungry you get angry) because we had eaten light that morning in preparation (again, yes very serious).
After much debating and menu paroozing (not how you spell it), we picked our first truck! CapMac was our first stop. How could you not want to visit the Capital of Macaroni? I ordered the Local Duck Confit as a pasta and Alex went with the Bolognese. We found a table to sit at and took our first bite…..wow! I am a huge fan of Duck Confit so this pasta was perfect for me. It was packed with duck meat and also had braised greens, squash, gouda cheese, and was topped with bread crumbs and sun dried tomatoes. I’m in love! The Bolognese was also delicious. I am not usually a huge red sauce fan but this one had tons of flavor. With beef from Creekstone Farms, tomatoes, root vegetables, red wine, fresh cream, and parmesan cheese it had be coming back for me. Luckily, Alex didn’t mind sharing 🙂
Our next stop was The Pretzel Lady. The twins love soft pretzels so we wanted to get them a treat. We got one soft pretzel for them to share (and of course for us to try) and we also got their fresh squeezed lemonade. The pretzel was delicious. Alex thought it rivaled the soft pretzels we always get in Lancaster, PA (that’s a big compliment). The lemonade is the kind I search for but rarely find. The perfect mix of sour and sweet. I could drink that all day long! We came back for two more cups of it later on.
While the kids happily ate their pretzel, we moved on to the next truck. At The Broken Fork we ordered the Fish Tacos which came served with cabbage and a slightly spicy sauce. Big pieces of tender white fish were seasoned well and these really took me back to when I discovered fish tacos on our honeymoon almost four years ago.
Next stop, Tacos El Rey. When I see authentic Papusas on the menu I have to give them a try. We tried both the Cheese and Pork Papusas. Man, were they good, some of the best I have had. I have only ever had cheese papusas but now I am wondering why I haven’t tried the ones with pork filling before, of course that would be amazing! I still have a dream of making authentic homemade papusas in my kitchen….one day! I was also impressed with their service. They had a very long line but served up our food quickly. Thank you!
At this point we are feeling full, very full, but we wanted to make sure we gave the Kommie Pig truck a try. The twins were getting restless, it was now way past naptime, so we went for a walk and left Alex to do the ordering. He chose the Porky Fries. These fries were loaded with shredded pork, bbq sauce, onions, and cheese sauce. If I wasn’t totally stuffed I could have eaten much more of this than I did. Neither of us are huge fans of cheese sauce but that didn’t stop us from putting a dent in it. We almost finished all of it.
Well hello gigantic sweet tooth! After all that delicious savory food my sweet tooth needed a treat. There were a few trucks to choose from and of course I couldn’t just visit one, I visited two. First up, La Cakerie. I’m sure what initially drove me to this truck was the bright color, oh and the fact that so many people were walking around with delicious looking cupcakes. Once I walked up to the truck I realized La Cakerie has been on many Food Network shows, which is pretty cool! I am a big Food Network fan, so if they like your baking I’m sure I will too. I chose four cupcakes: Pumpkin Cheesecake, Chocolate Fudge, Cake Wars Winner, and Red Velvet. These beauties went home with me where I had a little photo shoot and then tasted (how did I even have self control for that?)
Time to taste test. The Chocolate Fudge and Cake Wars Winners were my favorite. Super moist and the icing was almost fluffy. Delicious! The Pumpkin Cheesecake…..I wanted to love this one I really did, it is pumpkin season after all, but I thought it was just okay. Maybe the name threw me off and I wanted it to be actual cheesecake. The Red Velvet was also very good. I only got one little bite of it before Alex inhaled it :). Overall, very impressed!
For myself, I chose the Blueberry Pancake Cupcake. This one made it home for a photo shoot as well and I had to laugh when I cut it open. I thought, I’m going to take a picture of the blueberries inside, that will be a nice shot, and there it was. One lone blueberry. But you know what, after tasting it, I didn’t care! This cupcake was amazing! It tasted exactly like a blueberry pancake. It’s like I was eating a stack of pancakes with butter and syrup. I don’t know how they did it and I wish I had bought a few more of these. Yum!
We had such a great time at the Great American Food Truck Festival! We really enjoyed being able to get dishes from multiple food trucks that are very good at what they do. I hope this will be an annual event!
Food Trucks we visited:
The Pretzel Lady