On August 31st, a few friends and I took a short drive down to Tampa, FL for the much anticipated World’s Largest Food Truck Rally at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Some pretty awesome people, including Generation Food Truck, worked really hard at breaking the world record and got nearly 100 food trucks to participate in this event. The crowds started arriving around noon and were hyped and ready! Needless to say, walking through the gate was quite overwhelming. There were so many trucks and only so little time. 
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The Florida State Fairgrounds
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Breaking the World Record with Nearly 100 Trucks
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Big Thanks to Generation Food Truck
My first stop was at NOLA On Da Geaux, a New Orleans truck based out of Winter Garden, Florida. Since I’m from Louisiana, deciding what to eat here was not an easy feat. I wanted one of everything but settled for the sampler which included a side of their perfectly prepared and perfectly seasoned jambalaya, a side of their dirty rice even my momma would be proud of, and last but not least a side of their red beans and rice. I felt like I was sitting in my grandma’s kitchen! I’m definitely looking forward to trying their crawfish etouffee and beignets next time!
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Next stop was at a truck lovingly dubbed the Hott Mess.  They offer a variety of sandwiches, hot dogs and a yummy assortment of tater tots. I had their namesake tots, the Hott Mess Tots covered in seasoned ground beef, spicy cheesy sauce and zesty chipotle lime crema. They even offer dessert tots – sweet potato tots covered in torched marshmallows and caramel sauce – a must! They show they care by even offering shots of Pepto Bismol and antacid chews. You can’t ask for more than that!
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To help distract from the heat there were plenty of trucks offering sno-cones, shaved ice and popsicles. One of the most unique trucks that stood out to me was called Tropiccool, a truck from Saint Petersburg, FL. It is a double-decker bus fresh off the streets of London that offers gourmet popsicles – deliciously amazing gourmet popsicles I might add. I decided on two – one blueberry lemon and one dark chocolate dipped raspberry. That’s right – a raspberry popsicle dipped in dark chocolate and then frozen. Can you say Heaven?
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Another highlight was the Kona Ice truck. They offer a self-serve snow cone experience. You are able to select your desired size, they create the actual snow cone for you and then you pour on your favorite syrups right from the side of their truck - as much or as little as you wish! You can also purchase a reusable plastic cup that you can get refilled for only $3 anytime you visit one of their trucks! I purchased one and got a refill that same day. Such a great idea!
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Next I spotted the Disco Donuts stand and I simply could not pass them up. While waiting in line you can watch them fry up your little bite-sized donuts and then shake on your desired topping, mine being cinnamon sugar. Even on a hot day, these warm little donuts definitely hit the spot! They literally melt in your mouth – so dang good!
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The last stop of the day was at The Cheesesteak Truck, based out of Saint Petersburg, FL. They serve up the classic Philly cheesesteak and also a few variations including a buffalo philly and a pizza philly. I went with the buffalo philly which consisted of steak, provolone cheese, buffalo sauce and banana peppers all tucked inside a freshly baked Amoroso roll – I call that sandwich perfection!
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It was a great food truck filled day! We all left full and happy, not to mention - we made history!

 


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