Food on trucks in the great outdoors. What could be better? The Great Food Truck Derby is set to take place on Friday, Aug. 19, out in Bridgehampton. But what is it that makes the Great Food Truck Derby so special?
“To our knowledge, another gathering like this does not exist,” said Brian Halweil, editor in chief of Edible. “We ask 15 or so food trucks to come from wherever they are, and they come together in a big circle in a farm field for one time a year only. It’s like a cosmic event.”
With more than two dozen food trucks to choose from featuring everything from cheesesteaks, empanadas and sandwiches to coffee, crepes and ales, guests can experience all the derby has to offer with one simple card.
Although the event runs from 4 to 7 p.m., it is recommended that guests arrive on time, as food cannot be guaranteed from trucks after 5:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20 to $100 depending on time of purchase. Limited tickets will be available at the door and ticket price includes one serving at every food truck (at least 15 trucks will be in attendance), three drinks for adults, and four truck tastes and one drink for children.
Halweil is a self-proclaimed dumpling hound, and recommends any dumplings the vendors serve.
“With a Sweet’tauk lemonade in hand, I try to taste every single thing at the event,” he said. “I love finishing with something from the Hampton Coffee Company secret menu.”
The event will be hosted by the Hayground School, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary and is located at 151 Mitchell Lane.
“It’s an incredible school and its approach to learning is very much about doing and being mentored by other people,” said Halweil. “In addition to arts and sciences, the students have mandatory culinary education. They garden, cook, clean and serve food to each other.”
What’s more, the school hosts a farmer’s market on Fridays during the summer, which many people hit right before the food truck derby.
In the five years of running the derby, Halweil has noticed that people still love food trucks and that doesn’t seem to be a trend that is fading anytime soon.
“Food trucks are still rare-ish on Long Island, and people will enjoy the event, rain or shine,” he said.
Organizers of the derby work with people who make the food and drinks in the community, showing true support to local business. The event is filled with winemakers, farmers, chefs and even picklemakers in the area.
“Come to the event, taste them and support them,” said Halweil of the mobile eats event that is great for the whole family and a day guaranteed to bring guests back for more.
Visit www.edibleeastend.com/event/great-food-truck-derby for more information and to purchase tickets.