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Food Truck Rodeo offers good eats

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Amanda Telep and Angelica Wimer stay dry under an umbrella Saturday at the 2019 Spring Affair Food Truck Rodeo in downtown Rocky Mount.

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BY AMELIA HARPER
Staff Writer

Monday, April 15, 2019

The second annual Spring Affair Food Truck Rodeo drew a good crowd to Station Square on Saturday despite the dreary weather.

This year’s event featured 16 food trucks from the Twin Counties and as far away as Durham. Four craft breweries took part in the event as well as several vendors such as 3 Star Kettle Corn, My Kupcake Kreations, Planetary Elixers and the Funnel Cake Shack.

Matt Robinson, one of the owners of the Wandering Moose, said he brought two food trucks to the event including his newest fleet addition called the Cow and the Oak. He said he normally operates primarily in the Raleigh-Durham area but brought his trucks to Rocky Mount this weekend for the Food Truck Rodeo.

The most sold sandwich from the Wandering Moose food truck is the brisket sandwich filled with hand-pulled meat that has been cooked for 12 hours and is served with melted blue cheese, bourbon caramelized onions and a creamy horseradish sauce, Robinson said. 

Overall, Robinson said he was impressed with the turnout Saturday despite the bouts of rain.

“We had a faster and larger turnout than we expected when we first pulled up. I think everyone seems like they are happy and enjoying the day,” Robinson said.

Chris Warrick tried one the brisket sandwiches with a side of bacon mac and cheese.

“It’s really good,” he said. “We came out because we just wanted to enjoy some good food.”

His brother Zach said he had a great chicken quesadilla.

“There are a lot of foods here to try that are different from what we can usually get around here,” he said. 

Hannah Jones and her 18-month old daughter Landry enjoyed brisket hash.

“We are having a good time,” Jones said.

The event also featured activities such as face painting and bounce houses, lending a fair-like feel to the festivities.

Theresa Gleast was enjoying chicken barbecue and cole slaw from the Chick-N-Que food truck while her friend Stacei Vick was enjoying chicken barbecue and fries smothered in melted cheese.

“It is really good,” said Vick, who is a 911 operator for the city of Rocky Mount and a foodie at heart. “I saw this on Facebook and I will go anywhere for good food.”

Last year’s event featured only five food trucks while Saturday’s event offered triple the food choices.

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