Chewys Fried Chicken and Waffles
Fried Chicken and Waffles is an American classic, and Chewys did it justice. The moist meat dovetailed neatly with the crispy skin and soft waffle. A dollop of rich maple syrup finished off the dish.
Chewys Pulled Pork Sandwich
Chewys stuck to their American menu, serving a tender pulled pork sandwich covered with sauce and slaw on a fluffy potato bun.
The Line for Chewys Food Truck
The lines moved fast, but Chewys Food Truck did take a little extra time as crowds waited for their freshly fried chicken.
Deviled Eggs and Braised Meatballs from Foo Truck
Foo Truck brought braised ground beef meatballs marinated in a mix of garlic, ginger, and soy sauce along with a secret blend of spices. It came alongside a perfectly deviled egg.
Foo Truck's Offerings
A bowl full of Foo Truck's offerings: braised meatball, deviled egg, and saucy white rice.
Chez Yasmine Food Truck
Chez Yasmine Food Truck highlighted its science-based healthy menu with Vegetarian Coucous and a Swedish Berry Salad.
The Cow and The Curd's Cheese Curds
Once you tasted The Cow and The Curd's cheese curds, you understood the wait. It was easy to taste the freshness of the mild cheese curds in their fried version.
The Cow and The Curd Cheese Curds
Hazards of the curd tasting.
Penn Center's Falafel Truck had the longest line of the day, and not just because of owner Gus's schmoozing. He was serving up huge platters of his garlicky falafel and chicken over rice and smooth homemade hummus topped with fluffy pita.
Tot Truck New Bay Tots
The Tot Truck served up two kinds of tater tots: G-Parm and New Bay. G-Parm were tossed with garlic and parmesan, while New Bays were seasoned with Old Bay and topped with secret drunk sauce. Both kinds required mints post-eating.
Philly Vendys at Penn Treaty Park
The crowds relaxed at tables with umbrellas, or simply laid down in the grass.
Cupcakes were a big theme among the Dessert nominees, including these mini raspberry beauties from Jimmies Cupcakes. Not pictured: the delicious vegan churro-inspired cupcake.
Sweet Box Cupcakes
Sweet Box brought their Smores cupcake: a chocolate graham cracker cake with a toasted marshmallow frosting, just like camp.
The Sugar Philly Truck focuses on macarons. This year, they went with boozy cocktail flavors like the Boulevardier (bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, and citrus) and the Hemingway (spicy tequila, citrus, and cherries).
Rounding out the cupcake options was Cupcake Carnivale. Their cupcake flavors included Key Lime Pie and the Oink! Oink!, a cinnamon French toast and bacon cupcake topped with maple cream cheese frosting.
King of Falafel, Philly Vendy Cup Winner 2013
Nabil Akkeh proudly holds up the Vendy Cup after the announcement. Both he and his wife, Hined, were speechless.