By Melody Vallieu
TROY — Foodies — and, well, anyone who just likes to eat — break out your forks. The Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition returns for the third year from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 20 at the Miami County Fairgrounds in Troy.
Sponsored by the Miami County Fair Board, the first two years saw thousands of ravenous visitors, according to organizers, even wiping some of the trucks out of supplies prior to the event closing.
“The enthusiasm from the community has been amazing,” said Roberta Jacobs, rally co-chair and director of the Miami County Agricultural Society.
Forty-five food trucks are expected to sign up to share their fare at the annual event before the deadline, according to Jill Wright, event co-chair and secretary and manager of the Miami County Agricultural Society.
“There is a really good variety, from hot dogs to loaded tater tots,” she said. “You just name it, and we are going to have it.”
Jacobs said Asian, Mexican, Korean and Hawaiian cultures will be represented, to name a few. The event also will feature sandwiches of every kind imaginable, Jacobs said, including pitas, barbecue, Philly steak and cheese and po’ boys.
Side items will include everything from french fries, deep fried mushrooms and onion rings to soft pretzels and coleslaw.
For those with special dietary needs, there’s no need to worry, Jacobs said, that is taken care of as well. She said gluten-free, vegetarian, sugar-free and kid-friendly items also are on the menu at the various trucks.
And then there’s the desserts. Waffles, cookies, cupcakes and ice cream — and everything in between — to soothe one’s sweet tooth, Jacob said.
You’ll also need something to wash all that food down with, so visit Shannon’s Southern Style Sweet Tea, which offers different flavors of tea, or there will be blended fruit and veggie drinks, shaved ice and beer and wine for sale, according to Wright.
Jacobs said one of the criticisms of past years’ rallies was that people ate at a food booth or two and were full, not getting to try many of the other booths. For this reason, Jacobs said they have asked vendors, if possible, to sell more smaller-sized portions of their specialties.
But Jacobs also has done her research during over the years and offers tips for attending a food rally, starting with going in a group. She said to participate in a food rally — for ultimate success — bring four to six friends or family members with you to purchase items from different trucks to share.
“The more the merrier,” Jacobs said.
The Merchants’ Building will be open for attendees to eat inside out of the sun or in case of inclement weather, Jacobs said.
While you’re enjoying all the food truck rally has to offer, entertainment will be plentiful throughout the day, including a barn chock full of arts and crafts, Wright said. The 10th annual Upper Valley Fiber Fest and the Miami County Goat Breeder show also will be on-site the same day, she said.
Wright said the event is essentially a one-stop for a great day out.
“Everyone likes to eat food, and you can eat so many different foods at one location,” Wright said. “There will be plenty of entertainment, and you can even shop. What more could you ask for?”
Funds raised will help with improvements to the fairgrounds.
“The upkeep of the grounds is costly and there are lots of improvements we would like to make and this will help toward the goal,” Jacobs said.
Food trucks set for 2017 rally
Hunger Paynes — Croquettes
Kinetic — Grain bowls and salad wraps
Kona Ice — Shaved ice
Miller’s Homemade Soft Pretzels — Soft pretzels
Sweets & Meats — Barbecue smoked meats
Cumberland Kettle Corn — Kettle corn
Troy Post No. 43 Baseball — Chocolate-covered strawberries
Tin Roof Mobile Food — Ribeyes, pulled pork, chicken
TK’s BBQ-N-Fixins Inc. — Barbecue
Mo’s Barbecue — Barbecue
Hot Diggity Doggers and More — Hot dogs, brats, deep fried pierogies
Mike’s Family Concessions — Grilled beef tenderloin steak
Susie’s Big Dipper — Ice cream
Tortilla Street Food — Mexican
Southern Sisters — Corn dogs, chicken on a stick
Cupzilla — Korean barbecue
Sweet Concessions — Cinnamon rolls and sticks
Coldstone Creamery of Troy — Ice cream
The Crazy Redhead Canteen — Tater tots, grilled cheese
McNasty’s Great Food Express — Seven-cheese macaroni and cheese, sandwiches
Shannon’s Southern Style Sweet Tea — Iced teas
Zombie Dogz — Gourmet hot dogs
U-Lucky-Dawg — Gourmet hot dogs
Sweet T’s Southern Style Food Truck — Po’ boys, bourbon chicken and jambalaya
Long’s Concessions — Hot apple dumplings, soft service ice cream, shakes
P-Nuts, Chicken & More — Shredded chicken, paninis and hamburgers
Adena’s Beefstroll — Italian beef, Ma’s meatball sub, strolls
Patriot Grill — Philly cheesesteak, hamburgers
Rhino’s Frozen Yogurt & Soft Serve — Frozen yogurt, ice cream, sorbet
Sugar Pie Bakery — Pie, gourmet brownies
Smokin Bee Bee Q — Brisket, tacos, shrimp and grits
Bistro de Mohr — Gyros, tacos, hog balls
Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering — Grilled barbecue pork chops, pulled pork
Winks Treats — Chocolate chip cookies, cotton candy, nachos
Niko’s Street Eats — Gyros, burgers
Storypoint’s Friendly Fork — Crab cakes, duck nachos, Brussels sprout salad
Bones Brothers Wings — Grilled wings and skewers, grilled sammich, Bone’s burrito
Paddy Wagon — Brisket, pork, grilled cheese
A food truck rally how-to:
1. Find a picnic table or other location to make your campsite for the day.
2. Split up. Everyone should get something different to eat and meet back at “your place.”
3. Share your cuisine and enjoy each other’s company and the entertainment available at the fairgrounds.
4. Have a beer, glass of wine, pop, water or other drink available at the event.
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 again, perhaps this time concentrating on dessert.
Source: Roberta Jacobs, rally co-chair and director of the Miami County Agricultural Society
For more information on the rally, see the event’s Facebook page at Miami County Food Truck Rally & Competition, call Roberta Jacobs at 937-266-2914 or the Miami County Fair office at 937-335-7492 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.