October 27, 2015

austinFor the past three years, Austin culinary arts students and other food-lovers in the city join to taste and vote for Austin’s best food trucks at Texas Trucklandia Fest (previously known as Truck by Truckwest.) The six-day event this year took place Oct. 13 – 18 and the winner of the $10,000 grand prize and title of “Best Mobile Food” and the runners up have been announced. Forty-three trucks participated this year, with cuisines ranging from Louisiana Creole, to hot dogs, to cheesecake.

“We believe in investing in the success of mobile food owners, while creating a community of supporters through fun, engaging, and competitive events,” says the event’s official website.

How does Trucklandia work?
Participants buy a wristband, either for the weekend or full week, and gain access to an app that allows them to sample tastings from food trucks that are located all over Austin. Each participant gets to vote online for their favorite food truck overall, as well as other categories like “Best Product” and “Best Customer Service.” The trucks determine their best dishes as their samples and many of them even end up selling out because of the high demand. With the purchase of the wristband, participants don’t have to pay for the sample dishes and are entitled to a sample at each truck. Making it to 43 trucks and eating at every one is a challenge than many Austinites are up for.

In the past three years, over $5,000 has been raised for charity through Trucklandia. In addition to awarding the winning truck the grand prize, Trucklandia has given proceeds to Austin Food for Life and Keep Austin Fed.

Who’s won before?
Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?! won the grand prize the inaugural year and Hand Helds Quality Sliders won in 2014.

That’s all great, but who won this year?!
After six days of being on top of their game, the winner was announced Sunday, Oct. 18. The participating food trucks and field tasters met at the competition’s home base, The Midway Food Park to find out who won this year’s Trucklandia prize. This year’s first place winner was Hey! You Gonna Eat or What?!’s rolling sandwich shop once again. The runner ups were:

2. Hand Helds
3. The Celia Jacobs Cheesecake Experience
4. Gibroni’s Texitalican Kitchen
5. T-Loc’s Sonoran Style Hot Dogs
6. Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
8. A three-way tie between..
– Gebbys BBQ
– Llama’s Food Trailer
– Onetaco Urban Taqueria
9. Emojis Grilled Cheese Gourmet