There are so many food festivals in DC that it gets hard to keep track of them all! Truckeroo, Trucktoberfest, DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest, etc. I certainly am not the expert when it comes to food trucks or food truck festivals. I slowly have tried a few trucks that have come through Rosslyn: Big Cheese Truck, District Taco, and of course, Red Hook Lobster Pound (my review here). However, I have always wanted to try out an actual food truck event. After months of putting random festivals on my calendar and then not going, I finally decided to commit to the first annual DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest right before Labor Day. I emailed some girlfriends the week before, and four of us made plans to go.
The day arrived with rain in the forecast, but we didn’t care. We showed up at the very beginning of the event around lunchtime with our $12 general admission tickets and empty stomachs ready to be filled. Ten food trucks had pulled into the DC Fairgrounds: BBQ Bus, Curbside Cupcakes , DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Fojol Bros, Pepe , Pleasant Pops, Rolling Ficelle, Takorean, and Tapas Truck. I instantly felt overwhelmed about what to choose. I had already spent money to get in, after all, and wanted to make good choices without breaking the bank here. My friend Andrea and I decided to go for the free mussels at the CityEats booth. Teddy Folkman, Executive Chef and Owner of Granville Moore’s Gastropup, was there drinking some beer and having a great time with his crew preparing the amazing mussels–which might have been my favorite food at the whole event. They were drenched in a slightly spicy citrus sauce. I really want to try out Teddy Folkman’s restaurant now.
We then all split our separate ways to get some more bites, and I decided to prioritize Pepe, which is Jose Andres’ new food truck. The Spanish Grilled Cheese was delicious, and a substantial size for a sandwich! I would definitely order it again.
After we reconvened, it began to rain, but luckily we had found an open picnic table with an umbrella. We huddled together and enjoyed our food and drinks. Besides the umbrella, the second fortunate thing to happen right then was that a couple decided to leave the event early and proceeded to give us their extra tasting tickets. As I mentioned before, we had purchased the general admission option. This couple had gone the premium route, which meant we now had access to beer samples and specific samples at most of the trucks. Jackpot!
The rain settled down and we resolved to try as much as possible. We got cupcakes, a popsicle, barbecue, Korean tacos, an empanada, etc. We were absolutely stuffed, though that didn’t stop Andrea and I from getting more free mussels before we left.
It was a fun four hours at DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest. While I was initially skeptical about paying money to then buy food a la carte from the trucks, the complimentary perks (we also got free Izzes on the way out!) were nice, and it certainly helped to have those free sample tickets. I want to try out Truckeroo next to compare, which actually boasts free admission. This festival did a good job for a first time event and on a rainy day too. Thanks, DC Funky Fresh Foodie Fest!