Tasty Tuesday: Eugene Food Truck Fest

More than 13,000 people packed the Valley River Center parking lot Saturday and waited in line for the best meals Eugene food trucks have to offer. The event featured 28 food trucks and several stopped serving before the event ended at 3 p.m. because they ran out of food. Kun FusionGrill won "Eugene's Favorite Food Truck" and Lani Moku Grill won "People's Choice Award." (Photo by Amanda Butt)

You've heard about the power of love and the power of food.

But what happens when you combine them?

A crowd of 13,000 people raises $45,000.

The first-ever Eugene Food Truck Fest was in the works for months- the Eugene Mission expected a large crowd of around 4,000. However, when a fire destroyed the Mission's kitchen on Thursday, the food truck fundraiser kicked into high gear.

Residents of Lane County and beyond heard about the fire, and they showed up in droves to support the Mission and enjoy 28 different food trucks. 10 percent of the food trucks proceeds went to the Eugene Mission.

"So this is, by far, extremely large. But it's extremely successful, such a great experience, it's so good for Eugene, it's good for all the food trucks involved," Stephanie Ward-Sosa, owner of Island Girl's Lunchbox, said.

But what's love without a little competition?

Celebrity judges awarded Kun Fusion Grill with the honor of "Eugene's Favorite Food Truck 2016".

The People's Choice Award went to Lani Moku Grill. Owner Chelsy Navarro accepted the award, but elected to donate the $250 prize back to the Eugene Mission.

When Navarro accepted the award, she thanked her crew, her customers, and her family.

"You know, some of you saw me holding my son in the window. I was showing him the line and I said...'this is all for you, boy'," Navarro said through tears. "Thank you for letting me do what I love and supporting my family."

I spoke with Navarro after the award presentation and asked how it felt to win.

"We said, we're going to go out here, we're going to serve the people, we're going to have fun doing it, and you know, we'll let our food do the talk, so here we are," Navarro told me.

Eugene Food Truck Fest 2016

Participating Food Trucks:

  • McKenzie Catering
  • Morelos Taqueria
  • Falafel of Eugene
  • Awesome Taco
  • The Great Philly Steak
  • Vinnie's Smokin' BBQ
  • Kalani Curbside island Style Grinds
  • CRUSH Burger
  • Porky's Piglet
  • All Thai'd Up
  • Pig & Turnip
  • Everyday Kine Grindz
  • Viva! Vegetarian
  • Coalesce Juicery
  • Darkside of the Q
  • Kun Fusion Grill
  • Island Girl's Lunchbox
  • JT's Food Truck
  • Izzy G
  • Taco Intrusion
  • Lani Moku
  • Umpqua Dairy
  • Beeter's Bakery
  • Red Five Hotdog Company
  • Elegant Elephant
  • K & A Traditional
  • Dogs Gone Coastal

KVAL's Tasty Tuesday brings you what to eat and where to eat it around Lane County and beyond. Tasty Tuesday is hosted by KVAL reporter Ellen Meny. Want to suggest Ellen a restaurant? Contact her at emeny@kval.com or find Tasty Tuesday on Facebook and Twitter.

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