• Owners of the CAMO Hippie Chowhall food truck, Blake and Kelli Oseen, celebrate with their Grand Champion belt for winning the fifth annual Food Truck Championship of Texas held on Saturday on the Graham downtown square. The two won for their brisket avocado taco which was submitted to the panel of three judges at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center. (Leader photo by Thomas Wallner)
  • The food truck Bite My Biscuit accepts the award for Best Food Truck Spirit at the fifth annual Food Truck Championship of Texas held on the Graham downtown square Saturday. (Leader photo by Thomas Wallner)
  • Thousands flock to the Graham downtown square for the fifth annual Food Truck Championship of Texas on Saturday. The event had 43 food truck competing for ten awards, one of which was a $10,000 grand prize which went to the truck CAMO Hippie Chowhall. (Leader photo by Thomas Wallner)
  • A station set up at the children’s section of the Food Truck Championship of Texas on Saturday where children could pot and take their own plant. (Leader photo by Nathan Lawson)
  • The winners of the $10,000 Grand Championship prize in the fifth annual Food Truck Championship of Texas pose with the three judges on Saturday at the event on the downtown square. Shown from left to right are owners of the CAMO Hippie Chowhall food truck, Blake and Kelli Oseen with judges Richard King, Russell Kirkpatrick and Barrett Black. (Leader photo by Thomas Wallner)

Downtown Delicacies

Thousands attend food truck event on Graham’s square

The fifth annual Food Truck Championship of Texas hit the square Saturday, and despite a possibility of rainy weather, had crowds pour out to the Graham downtown square for a taste of delicacies from near and far.

The day started off early for the event with the Possum Pedal bike ride at 7:30 a.m. on Third and Oak Street which had routes of 6, 27, 37, 51, 67 and 83, traveling southwestern Young County, including Graham, South Bend, Eliasville and Fort Belknap in Newcastle. Food trucks began pulling in early around 7 a.m., setting up around the square and began preparations for displaying their dishes to the judges. The three judges began the process of going over all 40-plus plates at 10 a.m. and an hour later the floodgates opened for the crowds to step up for a bite to eat.

The Graham Chamber of Commerce and Conventions and Visitors Bureau handed out ten awards to Food Trucks at the event at 4 p.m. The judges for the event were Russell Kirkpatrick, Barrett Black and Richard King. Kirkpatrick is the general manager of the Reata restaurant in Fort Worth and the executive director and co-founder of the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. Black is a fourth generation pitmaster at the award-winning Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart. King is the co-owner and general manager and wine aficionado at the award-winning Ellerbe Fine Foods farm-to-table restaurant and market located in Fort Worth.

“It is a lot of fun for us, you know, we actually have 44 plates of food in front of us and we got through every single one of them and every dish is so unique,” King said at the event on Saturday. “All of the dishes were really well executed this year, a lot of great flavors. Everybody just brought their absolute A-game and so it was a fun year this year and really hard this year (because) we had a lot of guys who were really close and it took us awhile to get some finals.”

For the rest of the story, see the Wednesday, June 5 edition of The Graham Leader.

2019 Food Truck
Championship of Texas
WINNERS

Grand Champion:
CAMO Hippie Chowhall

Best Signature Dish:
Southern Xposures

Most Unique Menu:
Dough Boy Donuts

Best Dessert:
Of Grace Cakes

Best BBQ:
Catered Delights

Best American Cuisine:
Bada Bing Wood Fired Pizza

Best International Dish:
F&F Express

Best Truck Theme & Design:
YUM PIG

Best Food Truck Spirit:
Bite My Biscuit

People’s Choice:
Daddy Bob’s Smokewagon
 

The Graham Leader

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