Time for seconds: Food Truck Fight returning to Muscatine

Margaret Hurlbert
Margaret Hurlberthttps://discovermuscatine.com
Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–If Muscatine’s first ever Food Truck Fight last fall got you hungry for more, Food Truck Fight founders Bobby Ray and Jacquelyn Bunch have good news for you–Food Truck Fight will return to Muscatine for a second time this September. Featuring nearly twice as many trucks as last year, this year’s Food Truck Fight will prove bigger, better, and tastier than ever before.

Sept. 17 beginning at noon, 18 food trucks will start serving up their specialties for people to chow down on. Whether attendees would like barbeque, burgers, pizza, seafood, hotdogs, or even just desserts, Food Truck Fight will have a little something for everyone. Locals will welcome the chance to enjoy Rick’s Ribs from Muscatine and Arty’s Ice Cream & Grill from Wilton as well as food trucks from across the region.

Each food truck will have a full menu available as well as special $3 sample items for people to try out. Not a skimpy sample, people will get a good idea of the kind of cuisine each truck serves up from the sample items.

A family-friendly event, Food Truck Fight has plenty of entertainment options available for people of all ages. Along with live music suitable for all, kids can have some free fun jumping in bounce houses, watching Toto Johnson perform on stilts and tie balloon animals, and getting their faces painted by the Muscatine High School poms team.

After Food Truck Fight fans have tried dishes from as many trucks as they care to, they may vote for their favorite and help determine this Food Truck Fight’s champion. Throughout the Food Truck Fight area, people can find signs with QR codes to scan. The codes will take them to a website where they can select their favorite truck. At 7 p.m., organizers will announce the winner. For those who have to go home before the end of the evening, Food Truck Fight will broadcast their award ceremony through a Facebook Live as well. Because Food Truck Fight has held three events in Iowa and Illinois this year and has had several truck attend all of them, they will present their first ever Hat Trick Awards.

Open to all comers, anyone may purchase $10 adult admission to Food Truck Fight at the gate. All children age 12 and under may enter for free. Alternately, people may purchase a VIP adult admission online, which allows them free soft drinks and water throughout the event, exclusive swag items, merchandise coupons, and express entry into the event. A portion of the money raised from this year’s Food Truck Fight will go to Keep Muscatine Beautiful to help them complete the Wave Ampitheatre.

Though Food Truck Fight has experimented with bringing their event to new cities this year, they knew they had to come back to Muscatine for their last event of the year because of the ease of working with the mayor, city administrator, parks and recreation, the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and volunteers from groups such as the Chamber Ambassadors and Rotary Club and the natural beauty of Riverside Park. “We’re going to try out some new things this year because we know the park so well,” said Jacquelyn Bunch. “The entire thing is so exciting, and we’re looking forward to going out with a bang!”

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