Food Adventures: Asheville Food Truck Showdown

A few Saturdays ago Abby and I headed down to our local Masonic Temple parking lot to check out 14 of Asheville's hottest food trucks. They were competing in the 3rd annual showdown where fans and a panel of judges voted for their favorites dishes. On the panel were a local newscaster, food critic, and James Beard nominated chef. We tasted something from every vendor and sampled a few local brews and cocktails. 

 The judges (L to R): Larry Blunt, Katie Button, Stu Helm

The judges (L to R): Larry Blunt, Katie Button, Stu Helm

The winner according to both the fans and judges was Root Down. Abby and I enjoyed the Jowl Chichorrones.  These bacon like crisps with a pepper jelly drizzle made us want to return to try every other unusual thing on the menu.

What a treat!  One of my favorite local bars, Soverign Remedies was serving some of their fantastic cocktails.

I had the Root Daiquiri created with sarsaparilla, dandelion, and burdock. Abby had the Spring Gin and Tonic.  Both of these cocktails are on their bar menu. 

The BBQ sandwich from Appalachian Smoke BBQ was delicious BUT one of the highlights from the day was the mac + cheese, oh, that mac + cheese!

Out of the Blue Peruvian Fusion Cuisine served one of our favorites from the day.  A very simple, but well executed cheese empanada.  

Scenes from the Showdown