The Bridgehampton weatherman Dick Hendrickson is fond of saying if you don’t like the weather on the South Fork, just wait 15 minutes. Well, it’s a good thing because despite the torrential thunderstorms and tornado-warning that passed overhead a mere 30 minutes before start time, the first annual Great Food Truck Derby was a smash.
The weather tore our signs to shreds, and caused two trucks and one local brewery to cancel. But then the sun shined, the trucks fired up their grills, the kegs were tapped, and attendees started to survey the circle of eats laid out like a giant lazy Susan with the eaters at the center. Escola de Samba Boom welcomed us–and kept the clouds at bay with their beats–while we tucked into fried rice from Hibachi Heaven, the truffle grilled cheese from Morris Cheese Truck, fried Brussels sprouts from Food Freaks, Hayground School’s pizza (with assistance from students and teachers), Montaco’s fish, chicken and veg tacos, and lobster sliders from Hamptons Foodie (what some attendees called the best lobster roll they had ever had). One attendee reveled in an unexpected Francophile experience while supping on crepes, quiche, croque monsieur and other offerings from The Wandering Palate. As the evening drew to a close, folks cued for a pick-me-up from Hamptons Coffee Company, and supped at the picnic tables on the cupcakes, canoli and authentic Italian ices. The vendors at the adjacent farmers market reported strong sales and the Hayground School’s playground was well utilized. The Southampton Press’s Heather Girgenti offers a complete post-event report here, and Southampton Patch’s Daniel Gonzalez put together a beautiful slideshow, to go along with the pictures from Lindsay Morris above.
Special thanks to Hayground School for hosting and to Art of Eating events management for pulling it all together. The event is sure to be the first of many: on their way out, smiling, stuffed attendees asked whether this was going to be a “monthly” or even “weekly” affair. Stay tuned.