Street Food Awards Return Aug. 30: Win a Spot on the Judges' Panel

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The upcoming Labor Day Weekend brings with it the third annual Nashville Street Food Awards, presented by Nashville Food Truck Association. The festival and competition will take place Saturday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the north side of the Nashville Farmers’ Market. The free all-ages event is open to the public and will include live entertainment, activities for kids, craft beer and, of course, access to all the wonderful vendors at the market.

Judges will be evaluating entries in a variety of categories, including Best Taco, Best Between Bread, Best Smoked, Best Dessert, Best Hot Nashville, Best Vegetarian, Best Deep Fried, and Best Drink. There will be also be two Nashville brands as featured categories: Best Yazoo and Best Goo Goo Cluster. A Best of the Best award will be given to the best performing food truck overall. Folks who attend the festival will be able to purchase food from the trucks and then vote for their favorite in the People’s Choice Award.

The current roster of participating food trucks includes:

Bacon Nation, Bare Naked Bagel, Blue Monkey Shaved Ice, Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, The Confeastador, Crepe A Diem, Dawg Daze, Deg Thai, Delta Bound, Electric Sliders, The Food Dudes, The Grilled Cheeserie, Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, Itty Bitty Donuts, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, Jonbalaya, Julia’s Bakery, King Tut’s, Maggie Moo’s, Moovers and Shakers, Music City Pie Co., Nashville Armory, Pappy’s Mobile Cafe, The Pita Pit, Retro Sno, Riddim N Spice, Riffs Fine Street Food, The Rolling Feast, Smoke Et Al, Smokin’ Thighs, Smoothie King, Steaming Goat, Two Guys in a Lunch Box, The Waffle Boss, and Yayo’s OMG.

Though it's held at the farmers market this year, the food trucks will continue to donate a portion of proceeds to Musicians’ Corner.

Now for the fun part: One lucky Bites reader will get to participate in the event as an official judge. Don’t worry; each judge is only responsible for three or four categories, though that amount of food does tend to add up quickly, particularly since you’ll probably want to eat your portions in their entirety — these guys make some fantastic food!

To enter the contest, just leave a comment noting which category you think you’d most like to judge (limit one comment/entry per person). I’ll choose a winner at random on Monday, Aug. 25. Look for an announcement of the winner on the following Tuesday here on Bites.

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