NORTH BEND — One of the biggest trends in the food world right now is the reinvention of the Food Truck.
These aren't the food trucks of yesteryear, serving microwaved burritos and coffee only the bravest souls could choke down.
No, these are full-on restaurants on wheels. And you can get a chance to sample the fare as 13 trucks from across the state will roll into The Mill Casino-Hotel for the Food Truck Off on Aug. 5-6.
The event will take place in the handicapped parking area (north of the casino). Entry is $5 (children 5 and under are free), with half the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club. There will be live music and a beer garden. The Young Bucs and Gabriel Cox are scheduled to play.
Hours for the event are noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Prizes totalling $8,000 will be awarded in the categories of best taco, best BBQ, best sandwich, best global cuisine, truck's choice, people's choice and judges' choice overall champion.
Trucks will be serving regular items from their menu, plus will have at least one $2 item for those who want to sample from multiple trucks. For those of you that have been to the BBQ contest The Mill hosts, there will be Truck Bucks to use as payment. Truck Bucks are available at the event, or in advance at KoKwel Gifts inside the casino.
Competing for prizes will be Big Bite BBQ, Elkhorn BBQ, The Bun Stuffer, Wrappin & Rollin; Umpqua Ice Cream Truck, KamikaziKart, Pappa's Dogs, Get Fueled PDX, Big N Fat One, Mac & Cheese Steaks, Buzz Burger, Afghani Cuisine & German Sausage and Eugene Jian Bing.