An assortment of area food trucks cater to customers in this 2012 file photo. (Charles Lewis / Buffalo News)
BY ANDREW Z. GALARNEAU
Sightseers to the Canalside area along Buffalo’s waterfront can expect to see an unusual sight indeed tomorrow: food trucks selling their wares to customers.
The city’s licensed food trucks, barred from the Canalside area in most times, will be allowed to park and sell food tomorrow for the opening date of Canalside Food Fight, a season-long cooking competition, said organizer Matt Carlucci.
From noon to 4 p.m., seven trucks will be serving paying customers, Carlucci said.
At 12:15 p.m., a “secret inspiration,” described as “anything from snow to steel,” will be revealed to the audience. The five food truck crews competing will have two hours to fashion a dish, working in their limited truck kitchens, that best reflects the inspiration. (Fans of Food Network’s “Sweet Genius” will find the inspiration part familiar.)
At 2:15, the competing food trucks will submit their work to a panel of judges, who will pick a winner.
Food trucks will be allowed to serve until 4 p.m., as part of the Canalside Open House event.
It’ll be the first of four contest days where food trucks can gather and sell food at Canalside, Carlucci said. The others will be in July, September, and finale in December, when points that the food truck competitors earn during the four events will be added up to determine a winner, he said.
There’s more information at Carlucci’s website, http://www.buffalosoupfest.com/foodfight.html