Harvest Ridge Food Truck Competition in Marydel, by Abbi Genova.

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Abbi Genova

Rain or shine the Harvest Ridge Food Truck Competition had plenty of people, food and wine.  The fourth annual Food Truck Competition at Harvest Ridge Winery in Marydel, Delaware was in full swing this past weekend, March 31 and April 1. Event proceeds went to two charities, the Disabled American Veterans and the Hero-Hunts Foundation. 

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“There’s two things as a family we like to do,” event coordinator Nan Nunan said. “We like to give back to those who have served and those who can’t help themselves, so veterans and children.

The Nunan family started the charity the Hero-HuntsFoundation based on a previous charity organization, Operational White Tail.

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Operational White Tail was around for a couple of years that we actually did our first food truck for,” Nunan said. “They helped veterans go hunting around the U.S., that is what Hero-Hunts is based off of.”

Food trucks from the New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware area came together to deliver delicious food in hopes of being titled winner. Food truck Cupcake Carnivale owner Jeffrey Jimenez, returning for his second year, noticed an increase in attendance and diversity among the trucks.

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“I think the event has gotten a lot more popular through the years,” Jimenez said. “Because I definitely see an increase in attendance as well as a more diverse group of trucks.

The event also attracted a diverse audience. From food truck enthusiasts and wine sippers to veteran supporters. Bruce and Renatae Burton from Dover, Delaware are clubmembers of the Harvest Ridge Cider and Wine clubs. They enjoyed the food and wine but also attended to show support to fellow veterans.

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“We would have come anyway because we know about it,” Renatae said. “But he is a veteran and so we do a lot with the veterans. Like he is a member of the American Legion and normally if it has something to do with the veterans he tries to stay on top of that.”

Sarah Conant and Christopher Hawkinsalso from Dover,have been to the winery previously for tastingsThe two were ready for new foods and their favorite wines.

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“We started with the peach blossom,” Conant said. “Then we just got Blue Hen, it’s like the favorite go to.”

The Food Truck Competition consisted of 23 food trucks. Both savory and sweet trucks were represented. This year the people voted Fifer Orchards first place for the sweet trucks. Cupcake Carnivale and Vanderwende Farm Creamery took second and third. Food truck Nothing Better took first for the savory category, followed by Mojo Loco and Wandering Chef Cart. For Harvest Ridge, the food truck competition is a fun way to give back.

“It’s fun, it’s always great to give back to people,” Nunan said. “And it makes you feel better and it makes the long days where you’re busting your butt all worthwhile.”

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