Fifteen of YYC's finest mobile eateries rolled into East Village on October 4 and 5 to show off their creative culinary skills in the second annual Feast in the East challenge. The winners? Charity, the Salvation Army, and hundreds of satisfied diners. That’s how we roll.
Given just 48 hours to create the most tempting dish using at least three of six fall-specific mystery ingredients, food truck chefs pulled out every trick in their knife bags to gain a culinary edge with the panel of local judges. With food truck contestants also wielding sharp instruments in a charity pumpkin carving contest, it was a knife-fight to the finish.
Fiasco Gelato rolled away with top honours in the culinary competition – the coveted gold FEASTY license plate complete with bragging rights – for going a cut above by using all six mystery ingredients in their Sweet Potato and Goat Cheese Gelato with Roasted Apple and Sage Marshmallow entry. The panel of local judges, tasked with the agonizingly delicious task of choosing the winning creations, presented the silver FEASTY plate to Tailgate Grill and the bronze to the Mighty Skillet. East Village Facebook fans voted for Los Compadres’ fabulous Dia de los Meurtos-inspired creation as their favourite in the charity pumpkin carving contest, which means that $500 gets awarded in Los Compadres’ name to a local charity of their choice. Way to roll, food trucks!
“We found a lot of great stuff; the Montréal smoked meat sandwiches are especially good,” said one satisfied diner relaxing on a RiverWalk lounge chair while her young daughter played nearby. Vivian reported: “I had the potato leek soup at Fiasco Gelato. It was so good! And I highly recommend their hot chocolate.”
Bass Bus kept the beats as hot as the eats all weekend long, mixed up with some high energy performances by The High Kicks. In between nibbles, folks tried their hands at some old school yo-yo tricks, courtesy of the team at Verve. One dad racked up some coolness points with his offspring, wowing them with his walk-the-dog and zipper moves. “I'm trying to show off for the kids,” he admitted. “I failed.” (He didn't.)
Yo-yos were not the only dogs being walked at Feast in the East. Plenty of real life dogs watched with great interest as their humans sampled tasty treats. “Casey and I come down to RiverWalk all the time,” one dog mom said, as she accepted a kiss from her border collie cross. “We really enjoy coming here for our daily outings.”
With award-winning food truck fare, heated culinary competitions, non-perishable food donations collected for the Salvation Army and $500 going to a local charity, everybody finished up as top dog in East Village's second annual Feast in the East food truck competition. Like we said, that’s how we roll.