Remember when Frederick had food trucks just about banned in the city? Those days are over. Thank God! Frederick’s first annual food truck festival was June 29th at the fairgrounds — and it was a hit!
Founded by Lorenzo Nichols, Alex Gushard-Edwards and Christian Taylor, this festival was the first the city has ever seen that brought out food fanatics from all over the DMV.
If we had to describe it. The festival was a good looking crowd of fashionable and fun Fredericktonians eating out of cartons and drinking beer. The good life. With performances, good food, and a blazing sun, it was a festival for the books.
14 food trucks were on the scene offering barbecue, soul food, Mexican food, pizza, and even snow cones. The variety of cuisine had a little something for everyone.
Our favorite? Bebo’s Mac Shack. Their signature mac and cheese’s were so bomb, they were one of the first to sell out. The agony I felt witnessing the guy stepping off the food truck to cross off the delectable items on the menu. SOLD OUT. Most of the food trucks were completely out of food by the end of day. Call it lack of preparation, I call it job well done.
Just Smokin’ Around, LLC, a BBQ food truck, had one of the longest lines. We ordered the JSA loaded fries with brisket and cooled off with a snow cone from Kona Ice. The wood-fire pizza from Pizza Llama was a crowd favorite and the truffle fries were a hit from Gambrill Mountain Food Company.
Live performances at festivals where music is not the focus, usually serve as background elevator music to the main appeal, whatever that may be. In this case? Both food and music took the spotlight. How is that possible? With a full line up of artists and bands like daMood, Samuel Powers, Anf, Ahzay, and Stitch, Lorenzo Nichols himself, it was a lively day with no dull moments in sight. Spun by DJ Bapsy, the line up was a collective of rock and hip-hop acts. Rapper Ahzay brought out surprise guest Paris Price who rocked the field with his singles. Through the rain, heat, and wind, each performance shined on.
Long lines. Call me low-maintenance but long lines have always been apart of the festival experience. Like the expected? The default? The heat alone was vicious. Then it teamed up with the rain to bring the chaos. But who can predict the weather these days?
Dusty feet and good eats.
There were vendors in abundance placed in the middle of the festival; an array of family-friendly activities and products to touch, taste, and smell like ceramics, cookies, candles, and soaps.
The annual Frederick Food Truck Festival. Cheers to many more.
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