Hundreds Turn Out For Nashville Street Food Awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This year's annual Nashville Street Food Awards celebrated the finest in local food truck cuisines.
This year marked the second year of the awards. It was held Saturday afternoon in Centennial Park. The free event featured more than 20 food trucks competing in several different categories including Best Taco, Best Dessert, Best Deep Fried, and Best Between Bread.
Famous local trucks such as The Grilled Cheeserie, Moovers and Shakers, and Music City Pie Co. were among the businesses who took part in the awards.
Participants had the opportunity to check out some of the most popular eateries on the food truck scene. For the past two years, the event has also highlighted a local charity. This year, organizers decided to give back to those who have supported the food truck scene in Nashville, long before it became a trend.
"Every year, we try and do something to support charity and this one is kind of special to us- Musicians Corner (is) an event that happens here in Centennial Park on Saturdays in the spring and the fall," said B.J. Lofback, President of the Nashville Food Truck Association and the owner of Riff's Fine Street Foods. "They supported food trucks before anyone even knew what food trucks were- and so this year, all the proceeds from the beer garden and from the people's choice awards goes to support free music in Centennial Park."
Riff's Fine Street Food was the overall favorite this year, winning the coveted prize, Best of the Best. The Grilled Cheeserie was also a hit and came in second place.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.