Dahlia Ghabour Louisville Courier Journal
Published 6:57 PM EDT Aug 24, 2019
A strong breeze blowing napkins away didn’t deter people from visiting the Food Truck Mash-up at Waterfront Park on Saturday.
In fact, the good weather was what encouraged a lot of families to stop by the event at 501 River Road, where 23 food trucks, local and visiting, set up to serve.
Sherri and Steve Yates came with their daughter-in-law to try their very first food truck meals. Drew Basden and Deryk Tinsley were at the park enjoying their Saturday and decided to stop by for some cheap snacks.
For some families, it was the plan from the beginning to attend the USA TODAY Network event, which was held for the first time in Louisville. Cecilee Yahrmatter and Dan Sterling bought early-access tickets for their group so they wouldn’t have to wait in line.
“It was definitely worth the extra money to get in early,” Yahrmatter said.
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After general admission opened at 1:30 p.m., there were lines of dozens of people at trucks such as Longshot Lobsta and The Rolling Taco, and organizers estimated 6,000 people attended the foodie bash.
As the event drew to a close, the guest vote for best food truck went to ice cream truck Dreamy Whip.
Two trucks, La Orangette and Bones Brothers Wings, came from Cincinnati to participate.
“We do like traveling and we hadn’t been here yet,” said Jim Dowrey, one of the brothers who runs Bones Brothers Wings. “We weren’t sure what to expect, but 22,000 people said they were interested in the Facebook event and USA TODAY putting it on means great exposure and seeing new faces.”
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