Photos: Street Fare Derby

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The first Street Fare Derby — a combo platter of food trucks, crafts, and quarter horse racing — came out of the gates strong today at the New Orleans Fair Grounds. The event was put on by the folks behind NolaFoodTrucks.com, who have staged similar festivals in food-truck capitol Portland, Ore., and the people behind FoodCartsPortland.com came in to see how New Orleans does it.

The trucks included BBQ n Some, The Big Cheesy, the Burrito Juke Joint, La Cocinita, Crêpes à la Cart, Empanada Intifada, Fork in the Road, Fresh Junkie, the Fry Bar, Geaux Plates, Lola Deux, Melt Down, Peace, Love + Sno-balls, Streats McGee, Woody’s Fish Tacos and Miss Linda the Yakamein Lady. Entertainment was provided by Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers and Papa Grows Funk. There was some grousing about a cover charge and a few trucks ran out of dishes early — which seems to happen at every food festival in this city. But it was a great day to eat street food, hear some music and watch a few races. Now if the City Council can just loosen up the rules on licensing food trucks, perhaps we can have two or three times as many trucks next year ...

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