D.C.'s Food Trucks Assemble Into a Herd

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By Jhaan Elker
|  Friday, Oct 8, 2010  |  Updated 2:50 PM EDT
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Empanadas, lobster rolls, barbecue burritos, Korean tacos... and sweet-cream-and-corn popsicles! Are we in heaven? Or at least at the restaurant of our dreams?

Not at all. We’re actually on the streets, at Artwalk’s Curbside Cookoff (909 H St. N.W.). On Oct. 7 and 8, Curbside Cookoff brings together D.C.’s best mobile vendors with D.C.’s best on and off-street performers, to increase consumer awareness of an important issue... and give us some tasty bites, of course.

"Some of the bigger brick-and-mortar businesses out there are trying to end the whole new street cuisine theme," said one of the chefs at TaKorean, a Korean taco vendor. "[The Department of Consumer and Affairs] is allowing us to get some public support on our side. I think it’s a terrific event.”

Public support will be critical for the new food truck movement, as food vendors' regulations and limitations are currently being discussed.

Meanwhile, the debate still rages over which vendor is best, and attendees can vote via text. Some people, however, are just happy with stretching their stomachs will all the choices.

"It’s really nice to see all the different options that are out there," said Ned, a food truck enthusiast. "You never see them all together at once."

Curbside Cookoff has proven one thing: The new cuisine wave has washed ashore in D.C. And thankfully, it looks like it won’t be leaving... er, driving off anytime soon.

VENDORS INCLUDE:

BBQ Bandidos
Curbside Cupcakes
DC Empanadas
DC Slices
District Taco
Eat Sauca
Eat Wonky
El Floridano
Fojol Bros.
Food Chain DC
Fry Captain
Pedro and Vinny's Burrito Cart
Pleasant Pops
Rebel Heroes
Red Hook Lobster Truck
Sweet Bites
Sweetflow Mobile
Takorean
Yellow Cart
Yellow Truck

PERFORMERS INCLUDE:

"The Human Beatbox" Christylz Bacon
Beat Ya Feet Kings
Graffiti Artists Tim Conlon & Decoay Acro-Yogis
DJ RBI
Yoga Artist Julie Eisenberg
Tap Dancing Quynn Johnson
The Light
Pastorale
Farafina Kan & Sahara Dance
Markus Smith
 


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