TROY — Despite grey skies and cool weather, crowds flocked to the county fairgrounds for the second annual Miami County Food Truck Rally and Competition.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, Saturday’s rally drew 43 food trucks from all over the area — about a dozen more than last year — and thousands of hungry visitors.
“We are very pleased,” event organizer Roberta Jacobs said. “Attendance was very steady, everybody had lines.”
Sponsored by the Miami County Fair Board, who hope to bring the fundraiser back for years to come, the event supports the fairgrounds.
Visitors had no shortage of culinary choices — with options ranging from barbecue, gourmet hot dogs, fried catfish, tacos and sandwiches of every kind.
For Joan Welch and her mother, of Troy, the variety was the event’s biggest selling point.
“We’re really enjoying the variety. Of the food and of the people,” she said. “The people watching is as much fun as anything else.”
The people are what make the event special, Jacobs agreed.
“The best part has been hearing all the people talk and enjoy the food,” she said. “I even saw two complete strangers share their food. It brings people together.”
Vendors also had the option of entering a judged competition. In first place, winning a choice of a Hobart slicer, mixer, or food processor, was Tin Roof Mobile Food. In second place was Nourish U, winning a Honda EU 2000i generator.
Visitors to the event were also asked to vote for a People’s Choice winner. This award, along with a Kroger gift card, went to Nacho Pig.
Food trucks came from all over the state of Ohio, with vendors from Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus. But more than a few local trucks had a shorter drive to rally.
Troy resident Marc Olivarez of MO’s Barbecue, has been smoking and barbecuing for about eight years. Last year he started offering his food from a tent at local fairs. On Saturday, he debuted his new food truck at the rally.
“I just love cooking for people,” he added, rubbing spices into a rack of ribs.
Like the foods trucks, visitors to the event also came from all over the Miami Valley and beyond.
Kelly Seybold, of Moraine, came up to Troy with her family to sample all the different offerings.
“I had the Germanator at Zombie Dogz and it was really good,” she said. “But I didn’t eat the bread so I could save room for more.”
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