Food trucks offer a simple option for mobile mealtime, as diners can avoid the messy splatter of foodapults and the pureed sandwiches of large hadron colliders. Nosh on the go with today’s Groupon to the Mobile Food Rodeo food-truck festival on Saturday, September 17, at 12 p.m. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get two general-admission tickets (up to a $20 value), which include:
- General admission to the event at 12 p.m
- For $20, you get a VIP tasting package for one (up to a $40 value). This package includes the following:
- Admission to the event at 11 a.m., one hour before the general public can enter the festival grounds
- Two complimentary tasting tickets, valid for small sample portions from the trucks
Mobile Food Rodeo celebrates wheelbound cuisine by corralling more than 20 food trucks from Seattle and Portland. Instead of licking each truck's menu, visitors snack their way through a lineup that includes Skillet, Maximus Minimus, Molly Moon Ice Cream, and new trucks such as Snout & Co. and Big Food Mobile. An hour before start time, VIPs can skip the lines to sample the first batch of truck treats and do-si-do with the chefs. Sweets and meats battle savories and vegan delights for the fest's Wagon Awards, with Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn as the guest of honor, in which truckers present their tastiest dishes to a panel of celebrity judges. Diners can win also prizes by noting their favorite eats on Google Places or by whistling the tunes of their favorite ice-cream trucks.
Cooked up by Ryan Reiter and Jon Hegeman—organizers of the popular Ballard Farmers Market and Fremont Outdoor Movies—Mobile Food Rodeo helps epicureans and local businesses connect and support one another. A portion of the event's proceeds benefits Solid Ground, a charity that helps local residents overcome poverty.
Mobile Food Rodeo
What started as a 35-truck gathering in a small parking lot, the Mobile Food Rodeo has grown into an annual, multi-day celebration of small business and on-the-move eateries. Since that first powwow, the Rodeo has become one of the country's largest festivals of its kind, roping in up to 40 food trucks per event. In 2013 alone, more than 87,000 people dispersed through Seattle's neighborhoods—Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, and Fremont—to experience new flavors, all while avoiding having to thumb wrestle for a table at a restaurant. The Mobile Food Rodeo does more than just fill bellies, though, since it acts as a showcase for new culinary talents and creates a vibrant marketplace for small businesses to share their talents.
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