Baltimore Takes Home the Trophy at ‘A Taste of Two Cities’

Saturday’s epic faceoff between Baltimore and Washington D.C. food trucks, entitled ‘A Taste of Two Cities’ ended with Baltimore taking the top honors. The weather was perfect on Saturday, and the event was a huge success for both cities that participated and for all those who attended the event.

Baltimore’s Gypsy Queen Café went home with the top honors from this competition, a food truck specializing in gourmet sandwiches, burgers and tacos, including a crab cake taco that I would wait a very long time in those lines to try. Souper Freak, serving cold soups such as Japanese edamame vichyssoise won the Baltimore People’s Choice award, and The Cajunator won the award for D.C. Washington’s Red Hook Lobster took second place, and Baltimore’s Miss Shirley’s got third.

There was a definite spirit of cooperation between the two cities at the Westport Waterfront in Maryland on Saturday. Three dozen trucks attended the event in all, armed with the knowledge that pleasing their respective cities and uniting would help them all get closer to getting what they need.

Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, a self-proclaimed food truck supporter, attended on Saturday as well. “When you see an event like this that brings two cities together in the spirit of friendly competition it makes me feel that I made the right decision in supporting the food trucks. Food trucks really speak to the personality of the city.”

Organizers estimated that about 5,000 people came through to the event by 4 p.m., and about 12,000 in all by the end of the day. Pre-Baseball partiers made up a large part of the crowd, and given the success of the event it will be held again next year. Until then, Baltimore reigns as the champion, and the Winner’s Cup will remain there until the next face-off.

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Baltimore and Washington D.C. Food Trucks Unite at ‘A Taste of Two Cities’

Baltimore and Washington D.C. have two great mobile food communities, with plenty of food trucks and events throughout the summer. Now the two cities are planning a joint venture, called ‘A Taste of Two Cities’ which will be a friendly competition between their respective food trucks.

The event will be held this Saturday from 11am – 7pm at the Westport Waterfront in Charm City. A panel of six judges will preside over the event and the thirty trucks in attendance and crown the best food truck out of Baltimore and Washington D.C. with the Mayor’s Cup. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will be in attendance as well, and even present the winning truck with the Mayor’s Cup.

The D.C. Food Truck Association is expecting this event to be a major step for the mobile vending community in solidifying its role with the city and with eaters. However the Maryland Mobile Food Vendors Association is viewing the event in a slightly different light.

“Baltimore always has had an inferiority complex about Washington,” says Damian Bohager, a board member and event organizer. “This is a chance for Baltimore to step up and be a big-time big city. I kind of think we have a home-field advantage because we have some really good food truck.”

Baltimore’s food truck scene is still considerably smaller than Washington’s, with the Charm City area hosting about thirty trucks versus over 100 licensed vendors in Washington D.C. proper. However Baltimore has come farther than the District in terms of food truck rules and regulations. Last year Baltimore food trucks made peace with brick-and-mortar restaurants, while Washington’s government continues to delay at reaching an equitable food truck agreement.

A Taste of two Cities aims to demonstrate the spirit of community between all mobile food vendors, by lining up Washington and Baltimore vendors one-by-one next to each other. Visitors will get free admission to the event, but will have to pay for food from each truck they visit.

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