Renfro Valley kicks off first Kentucky Food Truck Championship

MOUNT VERNON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Kentucky Food Truck Championship is showcasing local businesses and drawing tourism to the Mount Vernon and Renfro Valley areas.

Saturday, the first annual Kentucky Food Truck Championship, hosted by the Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission, kicked off at the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame with eighteen food trucks and hundreds of guests.

“There’s a lot more people here than we expected,” said Mount Vernon-Rockcastle County Tourist Commission Director Emily Bullock.

The trucks were able to compete for the title of Grand Champion and a $5,000 prize, as well as titles in seven other award categories. Four different judges, including celebrity chef Jason Smith, were in charge of tasting and judging each of the food trucks’ dishes.

“There isn’t a thing that we’ve tasted that hasn’t been good,” said Smith, “We’ve tasted everything from calzones, to specially made hot dogs to even catfish and honey, let me tell you they’ve got some good cobbler out here too–Tennessee cobblers–there isn’t a thing I’ve tasted that hasn’t been good, I can tell you that.”

According to Smith, the judges tasted food from all eighteen food trucks, several of whom entered multiple dishes in different categories.

“We are down to one left. We’ve had seventeen so we’re like, we’re going to have to have a little bit of a break before we get to the eighteenth one, but they all have such great food,” said Smith.

Smith says some trucks have entered everything on its menu. Categories include “Best Hamburger,” “Best International Dish,” and “Best Use of Cornmeal.”

Smith says he and the other judges are looking for the best showcase of the trucks’ Kentucky roots.

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