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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