YYC Feast in the East

Calgarians bundled up and chowed down at the annual Calgary food truck festival, Feast in the East Oct. 26 and 27 in East Village.

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, 19 food trucks served up a variety of dishes to hungry Calgarians.

The food-truck craze has really taken off in Calgary over the past year, beginning when Curtis Berry opened Perogy Boyz, a food truck that specializes in Eastern European foods.

“Come with a group of friends and everyone can try something different,” said Berry.

With a BassBus playing music all day, the event featured a charity pumpkin-carving competition, an Iron-Chef-style cooking battle and a live band as well.

Friday afternoon featured a food truck challenge in which the trucks each got three mystery items to create into a delicious dish for a panel of celebrity judges.

A live show took place between 4 p.m.- 6 p.m. in which the judges tasted the entries and picked the top trucks. The top trucks awarded with the coveted “Feasty”  trophy and a cash prize.

The judges named Sticky Rickys, the Red Wagon Diner and Vasili’s as the winners of the “Feasty” trophy.

Clare Nolan, senior marketing manager for the East Village, enjoyed seeing Calgarians become more involved with East Village events.

“This is a great opportunity for people to come in the [East] Village,” says Nolan, who was approached by YYC Food Trucks after the success of the summer food-truck festival, Taste of Trucks.

“People really wanted it to happen again,” she said.

Although it was cold and snowy on Saturday, Without Papers, Noodle Bus, Perogy Boyz, Food Fighter, BlamWich, Los Compadres, Holy Crepe, Avatara, Red Wagon Diner, Fiasco Gelato, Vasili’s, Shogun, 500 Cucina, Cheezy Biz, Naaco Truck, Sticky Ricky’s, Mighty Skillet, Braizen and JoJo’s BBQ were on hand, serving up hot food to hungry Calgarians.

With the success of this event, Calgarians can be sure that food trucks festivals will be a regular staple when it comes to Calgary food culture.

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As a writing and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Sonya Nguyen worked as a reporter for The Press during the 2012-2013 academic year.