Truck by Truckwest showcases Austin food trucks

AUSTIN -- It's a food truck taste-a-thon that also gives back to the community.

Imagine being able to eat from dozens of the best rolling restaurants Austin has to offer, and you can raise money to help feed Austin's hungry at the same time.

Starting Tuesday, you can do just that. The second annual Truck by Truckwest runs Oct. 21 through Sunday, Oct. 26.

PURCHASE WRISTBANDS: Truck by Truckwest: Austin's Food Truck Taste-Off

Jessie and Robyn Morin are new to the food truck game. "Brand new. We're two weeks old... two and a half weeks old," she said. One of the best sellers at their truck is the early bird hand held sliders, a coffee encrusted burger.

"We're usually quite busy," Morin said. They hope Truck by Truckwest will bring every more hungry customers.

This is the second year the food truck taste-off is tickling local taste buds. Organizer Brian Erickson says even more rolling restaurants are taking part this time around. "Probably at least 30 of them are new that didn't participate last year," he said.

During the six days of Truck by Truckwest, 60 food trucks all over Austin will be giving out samples of their best grub.

Truck by Truckwesters buy a one, two or six day wristband which lets them get free selected food samples at each place.

At the end of the week, tasters vote on which place they liked best. The one with the most votes wins $10,000.

Morin says that prize would mean big things for her new business. "We would buy two very nice pieces of equipment, and we would get some support for Robyn in there are far as staffing," she said.

Lee Wright just moved her Royal Roots Organic Mobile Cafe from Fort Worth to Austin. She believes Truck by Truckwest will have more people rolling over to her all organic business.

"It's not really about the winning right now," she said. "It's more about getting the word out that we have a concept that hasn't been bought to Austin yet."

A portion of money from wristband sales goes to a worthy cause.

"We're partnering with Keep Austin Fed, which seeks to end hunger in our city," Erickson said.

Food park patron Lindsay Maresh said Truck by Truckwest is a great idea. She's ready to take a bite and see what else Austin's mobile food community has to offer.

"I didn't know it was going on tonight, but now that I know I might go buy a wristband," she said.

Last year the food truck "Hey! You Gonna Eat or What" was the $10,000 winner. This year there's an app that will help you find this year's participating food trailers.


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