Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 Portland Summer Food Cart Festival

On June 21, 2014, I attended the 2014 Portland Summer Food Cart Festival. In all, 21 food carts, a handful of vendors, and a cool beer tent.



A few months ago, I was asked to be a judge for the food cart competition. It was an honor to accept. And hey, a VIP wristband! Very important panda.


Local businesses (including a few food carts) sold their awesome products.










While enjoying some great beer and cider, I took a few food porn shots.







After a couple hours of walking around, talking to a bunch of food cart owners, and having a drink (or two or ten), it was time for the competition.






In all, a four-judge panel this year. I joined:

There were three categories this year: Drinks, Entrees, and Desserts.

I'd say after about the fifth drink, I knew it would be a long and fluffy day. And then the entrees arrived, some of them as four regular-sized portions. I am so glad I trained my stomach to expand, if even a little.















I figure between the four of us, we snapped enough food porn for a lifetime. But panda logic says keep taking pictures.

Since pandas always make room for dessert, I happily tasted (approximately) eight desserts.










Heck, even selfies happened. The panda is getting better at those selfies, but otherwise remaining ultra clumsy.


At the end, it was simply a blurry food-porny massacre.


This year's Grand Champion: Hapa Ramen's Shaka Bowl! Congratulations again!


 
As always, a huge thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, food cart owners, and the people who ran all over the lot to get us the food. I got my exercise at the gym the following morning. Frankly, I have still not fully recovered from said gluttony.

I'm already looking forward to next year's event!

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