Mother Nature attempted to rain on our parade, but alas, she did not succeed! Despite some rain, Nashville came out for the 3rd Annual Nashville Street Food Awards which took place this past Saturday, August 30 from 11 – 5 PM at the Nashville Farmer’s Market.
I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed the change of location. I liked the increased shaded areas at the farmer’s market as well as just the general setup of the trucks and the stage. Plus, you also had some of the flea market shops to walk around and peruse as well.
I was lucky enough to be a judge again for the 3rd year in a row. It really is a pleasure and an honor to be asked! This year, I got to judge the Best Taco, Best Hot Nashville, and Best Drink categories. Now for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain. Throughout the day, the food trucks aren’t only serving food to the public. They are also participating in several competitions throughout the day. There were 10 different categories they could enter: Best Taco, Best Hot Nashville, Best Drink, Best Vegetarian, Best Dessert, Best Goo Goo, Best Smoked, Best Between Bread, Best Yazoo, and Best Deep Fried. There were specific turn in times for each category. And a table of judges would blindly try each entrant’s item and then rate them from 1-10 based on presentation, taste, and overall impression. The top 3 in each category were place winners and the truck with the most impressive day in the competition was awarded Best of the Best.
The winners at this year’s Nashville Street Food Awards are:
Best Taco: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Riff’s Fine Street Food, and 3rd Place – Smoke Et Al
Best Hot Nashville: 1st Place – Deg Thai, 2nd Place – Delta Bound, and 3rd Place – Retro Sno
Best Drink: 1st Place – Smoke Et Al, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – Delta Bound
Best Vegetarian: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Riffs Fine Street Food, and 3rd Place – Two Guys in a Lunchbox
Best Dessert: 1st Place – Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, 2nd Place – Hoss’ Loaded Burgers, and 3rd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie
Best Smoked: 1st Place – Smoke Et Al, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – The Mobile Chef
Best Goo Goo Cluster: 1st Place – Pita Pit, 2nd Place – The Rolling Feast, and 3rd Place – Delta Bound
Best Deep Fried: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie, and 3rd Place – The Waffle Boss
Best Yazoo: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Smoke Et Al, and 3rd Place – Pita Pit
Best Between Bread: 1st Place – Tiger Meat, 2nd Place – Confeastador, and 3rd Place – Dawg Daze
Best of the Best: 1st Place – Delta Bound, 2nd Place – Smoke Et Al, and 3rd Place – The Grilled Cheeserie
Congrats to all the winners! I couldn’t be more happy for the Mobleys with Delta Bound who have been putting out amazing food for over 2 years! And they are finally being rewarded!!!
If you didn’t make it to this year’s Nashville Street Food Awards, I hope you had a good reason! There is always next year’s event!!!! Can’t wait to see you all at the trucks!!!