It was just a matter of time before the annual “Taste of Two Cities” food truck festival found its way to Camden Yards. As the event attracted more trucks and fans after two successful years, a larger and more accessible site was needed. A name change was also in order as Philly joined Baltimore and Washington for the fun.
So on Saturday, May 31st, a convoy of cookeries mustered on Lot C between Hamburg Street and the 395 overpass for a “Taste of Three Cities.” The 50+ chuckwagons were joined by vendors offering crafts, clothes, and assorted oddities. (Perhaps the most unusual offering of the day was a stuffed wild boar’s head, quickly snapped up by The Kommie Pig for a hood ornament.)
The all-day event also featured live music, inflatable kiddie activities, and plenty of adult beverages to go with the hydrating variety.
Between 12,000 and 15,000 folks wandered the lots, sampling the cuisine and voting for their favorites. Two-time winner of the Mayor’s Cup, Gypsy Queen, was selected the People’s Choice this year. Judges awarded the Mayor’s Cup to cupcake concessionaire Iced Gems.
A young lady on the light rail was showing off the prize winning cupcakes when the operator came over the speaker and asked if anyone had tried the chocolate dipped cheesecake. A show of hands indicated more calories accounted for.
By Monday, the sidewalk gourmets would be back to performing their magic at various outposts in their respective cities. But for variety and sheer indulgence, it was hard to top the mobile food court you could find at Camden Yards this weekend.