Wednesday October 31, 2012
Louisville’s food trucks will be gathered on the streets around Metro Hall on Friday, November 2, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., as they compete for bragging rights for fare that is purchased and prepared locally.
“We are getting more and more national recognition for being a foodie town, and I want to make sure that everyone knows the amazing opportunities we have in Louisville, from the farmers who grow and raise the food, to the restaurants and mobile vendors who serve it,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
The contest will award one winner for entrée, and one winner for side item. WDRB TV personality Candyce Clifft, and Louisville Metro Councilman David Tandy will judge.
The food truck contest is part of Local Food Day, a national celebration and movement for locally-grown, healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food trucks participating in the food contest were required to attend a workshop about the importance of and how to go about buying local food.
In Louisville, there are 33 community gardens, 26 farmers’ markets and countless other opportunities for individuals and businesses to learn more about growing their own food or purchasing local food. The Louisville Farm to Table Program has built relationships between farmers and buyers and supported the greater use of local food in Louisville restaurants and institutions such as Jefferson County Public Schools and Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare System.
Additionally, the Louisville Agribusiness Loan Program makes funds available for processing Kentucky-raised food in the Portland Neighborhood to develop a local food manufacturing cluster around Grasshoppers Distribution, a local food hub working with farmers and processors from Kentucky and Southern Indiana.
The public is encouraged to attend the contest judging at 12:00, and to try a food truck for lunch. For more information about how you can be involved with local food as an individual or a business, please visit www.louisvilleky.gov/healthyhometown/farmtotable or call 574.4140.