Florence and the Machines: The Great Food Truck Race Headed to Nashville This Weekend

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The Food Network show The Great Food Truck Race will be filming in Nashville through the weekend, for an installment of its third season. Each episode of the show generally has two parts: the local challenge and the Speed Bump, which is a rule unique to the week’s competition intended to test the trucks’ flexibility and creativity. Last season, the trucks stopped in Memphis, where the local challenge involved butchering and preparing a whole pig (judged by Jim Neely, patriarch of the famous barbecue family). And for a pleasant twist — to no one but the judge, The Chubby Vegetarian and a handful of other veg*ns — the Speed Bump required that trucks sell only vegetarian fare, which was quite an exceptional obstacle in Memphis, lemme tell ya.

The episode’s challenges are closely guarded by the show’s producers, but I’d guess there’s going to be hot chicken and/or Benton’s bacon involved. Also not yet determined is exactly where the food trucks will set up to sell, as it is part of the competition for each truck to find the best location. Local food trucks will be set up at Brew at the Zoo Friday night, the Tour de Fat and Musicians Corner in Centennial Park on Saturday, and at the Wanderland Urban Food Park in Elmington Park on both Saturday and Sunday, but I don’t know if drive-ups are welcome at any of those events. The best way to keep up is to follow the hashtags #greatfoodtruckrace and #GFTR on Twitter. But beware, there are spoilers for the upcoming season, including which remaining four trucks will be in town this weekend.

If you have any competing food truck sightings — and certainly any Tyler Florence sightings, ahem — please let us know. And what do you think the Nashville challenge and Speed Bump will involve?

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