We may not remember all the details of a particular city visit but we can damn well tell you where the best bakery in town is located.
So it should come as no surprise that we are excited about the first annual Feeders’ Cup on Saturday, October 24 at the Whitaker Bank Ballpark. The Feeders Cup is part of the Lexington, Kentucky Breeders Cup Festival Week and, for foodies, it might very well be the best part. For those of you who don’t know, the Breeders’ Cup is a thoroughbred horse race which is held annually at different racetracks throughout the United States. This year, it will be held at the gorgeous Keeneland Race Track in Lexington.
The Feeders’ Cup is not only a clever play on words but is also a very exciting food truck invitation to find the very best food trucks in Kentucky and the surrounding areas. We are late comers to the whole food truck phenomenon but discovered the fabulousness when we visited Portland, Oregon recently. We were leery of “street food” but got over this pretty quickly when we tasted the fresh, delicious offerings from the food trucks.
So we are really excited to sample the diverse items that will be offered at the Feeders’ Cup. Each of the trucks will make one item per truck and will choose the one that they think will win the prize. Oh, did I forget to mention it’s a competition? Yep. The trucks will be offering samples to the crowd and then everyone in the crowd and a group of judges will vote on their favorite items.
The judges will do a blind tasting earlier in the day which will count for 50% of the vote and then the public will vote for their favorite trucks in several categories, including best sweet, best southern classic, best world fusion (we will never forget the cheeseburger dumplings we had in Oregon), best farm to table, and best overall. With your ticket, you will get samples from each truck, a voting guide, and your very own pencil.
After the competition, the five winning trucks from each category will serve and sell their full menu at the Winners’ Stretch located at Short Street and Cheapside in downtown Lexington during the week of the Breeders’ Cup Festival the week of October 24-31. With thousands of people visiting Lexington for the Festival, the trucks will be a popular addition to the downtown venue.
Tickets for the Feeders’ Cup are available online and at the gate, although they are cheaper online so why wait? We’ll see you there!