Fourteen local food trucks circled up on Saturday for the fourth annual Charlotte Food Fight in Matthews.
The mystery ingredient was honey from Cloister Honey, and all contestants had to include it in their judged dishes. Even D9 Brewing, the event’s beer vendor, participated by selling a (very delicious) honey ale.
The Agenda joined a few other media outlets in the fight and ranked the dishes based on presentation, taste, uniqueness, and use of honey.
All proceeds from the event went to Relay for Life of Charlotte.
Our group tried…
Chicken, pork belly, and steak on a skewer on rice, covered in a honey-based sauce
What The Fries
Short rib and pork belly burger with bourbon honey aioli, mango, and fontina cheese on a brioche bun brushed with honey
Yummy Bahn Mi
Vietnamese street-style chicken on a stick with a sweet chili honey glaze
To streamline the process, each organization tried three or four dishes from all different trucks. Then, a representative from each organization ate the winning dishes from the first round.
So next, I tried…
King of Pops
Blackberry chipotle honey popsicle
The Tin Kitchen
Seared scallops with peach ginger salsa, Thai orchids, and chipotle honey
What the Fries
This was our table’s winner, so we tried it again in the second round.
JJ’s Red Hots
“Buzz City” – chili, slaw, and bourbon honey onions
Everything was amazing. My absolute favorite was the burger from What The Fries.
And the winners were:
Chef’s Choice: The Tin Kitchen
Best Use of Cloister Honey: The Tin Kitchen
People’s Choice: King of Pops
If you missed this, stay tuned for next year’s date and make plans to attend.