Truck Stop: Ginger Beef Throwdown!

While we are still in the midst of finalizing the What the Truck?! calendar for the year, we’re excited to announce our first 2013 Truck Stop, taking place next week!

What: Ginger Beef Throwdown
When: May 17, 2013 Time: 5-8pm
Where: Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 102 Avenue

Our Pulled Pork Throwdown was so well received last year that we didn’t hesitate when the Royal Alberta Museum approached us earlier this year with an idea to partner on an event.

To celebrate the RAM’s newest exhibit, Chop Suey on the Prairies, this Truck Stop will serve up different versions of ginger beef-inspired dishes, a staple on Chinese restaurant menus across the prairies in the early twentieth century. The Act Out & About, Bully Food Truck, The Lingnan Express and Smokehouse BBQ will be throwing down the gauntlet and doing their best to earn your vote. Four trucks, four dishes. You decide who made it best.

Ginger Beef

The Lingnan’s ginger beef

The museum will be open until 8pm that night so attendees can visit Chop Suey on the Prairies. Admission will be by donation (the rest of the RAM will be closed). This Truck Stop will be a great opportunity to not only taste some unique interpretations of a classic Chinese-Albertan dish, but to also explore some of the roots of our ethnic Prairie cuisine.

Check back on this website on Monday for menus. Hope to see you there!

The Pulled Pork Throwdown winner is…The Act!

The Act, Nomad, and Smokehouse BBQ battled it out for three hours straight tonight at the Edmonton Public School Board Archives & Museum. They served up delicious pulled pork sliders to hundreds of hungry Edmontonians all evening to fight for the title of pulled pork champion in our first ever Throwdown Edition of Truck Stop. In the end, when the votes were tallied, one truck came away with the title…

Pulled Pork Throwdown
The winning pulled pork slider

Congratulations to The Act!

While The Act walked away with the victory, we heard from voters that they liked different aspects of all three sliders. There were great comments about Nomad’s caraway seed slaw, and some self-proclaimed barbecue experts noted that the bark and smoke rings on Smokehouse BBQ’s pork were indicators of well-prepared meat. In the end, it wasn’t enough to overcome the crunchy onion straws and toasted bun that pushed The Act’s slider into the winning position.

Pulled Pork Throwdown

Of course, tonight’s Throwdown was all in good fun. It was also an opportunity to support the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation. All three trucks have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from tonight’s event to the Foundation, which when combined with the money raised by donations from voters should result in a healthy contribution to an important cause in our city. We’ll announce the amount raised in the coming days once we have the final numbers.

Pulled Pork Throwdown

Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to support this event! You can check out some additional photos of the event here.

Truck Stop: Throwdown Edition on August 15, 2012

One of the things you may not know about our What the Truck?! events is that we seek to minimize menu duplication. We know food festivals such as this one are better when people have more variety and options, so we ask trucks to submit their menus in advance, and ask that similar items be changed or dropped.

But recently, we were thinking – why couldn’t we use this duplication to our advantage? Why not throw a bit of friendly competition into the mix? And with that, Truck Stop: Throwdown Edition was born.

Pulled Pork Throwdown

Join us on August 15, 2012 for a pulled pork throwdown, where The Act, Nomad and Smokehouse BBQ will be putting their best sandwiches forward in the hopes of winning your vote!

What: Truck Stop: Throwdown Edition
When: Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Where: Edmonton Public Schools Archives (10425 99 Avenue)
Time: 5-8pm

The three trucks will be serving up slider-sized portions of their pulled pork, so you’ll have enough room to consider all three if you so choose!

To vote, we ask that you donate at least $2 to the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation in exchange for a ballot. Given the location of this event, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to partner with a charity with a great cause – learn more about how the Foundation supports early learning and full-day kindergarten here.

Stay tuned for more details this week on what else you can expect at Truck Stop!