A rematch battle has been set. Nashville’s mobile food vendors will again dish out their best servings to Middle Tennessee as The Tomorrow Fund presents the 2nd annual Battle of the Food Trucks on Sunday, Oct. 14, from 3-6 p.m. at Greer Stadium (534 Chestnut Street, Nashville).

Only 600 tickets are available at $35 and are on sale at www.TheTomorrowFund.org. Proceeds from the 2nd annual event benefit The Tomorrow Fund, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which is comprised of a group of young area residents dedicated to encouraging philanthropy and practicing community service to support local nonprofit programs serving children.

The Battle of the Food Trucks will pit several of Nashville and Middle Tennessee’s popular mobile food vendors against each other as attendees sample food and vote for their favorite food truck amongst the contestants.

“After an overwhelming response to last year’s Battle of the Food Trucks, we are excited for the rematch, a fun and delicious competition for a charitable cause,” said Samantha Oaks, event chair for The Tomorrow Fund advisory board. “Of course, we couldn’t do it without the gracious sponsors, food vendors and the community who support this event and The Tomorrow Fund’s mission of benefiting local youth-oriented charitable organizations.”

Tickets include entry into the event, samples from the entire lineup of food trucks and one drink ticket. Attendees can donate five or more cans of food to receive an additional free drink ticket, and all canned goods will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Nashville Metro Parks Department will provide picnic tables, but guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

"The Community Foundation and its Tomorrow Fund are wonderful charitable resources for this community, and we're so pleased to be able to give back by participating in this event," said Chad Trout, owner of DegThai, a food truck serving Thai-fusion meals. "We're looking forward to a fun, friendly competition with fellow vendors and hope to win the top honor for our menu."

Participating food trucks include: Biscuit Love, The Cupcake Collection, Deg Thai, Hit and Miss, Hoss Loaded Burgers, The Hot Spot, Jonbaylaya, Retro Sno, Riff’s, Smoke et al, Sugar Wagon, and Wrapper’s Delight, with more participants anticipated.

At last year’s inaugural event, more than 500 guests voted Riff’s as the winner for the category “most savory dish” and The Cupcake Collection for the “best sweets” category. Deg Thai and Sugar Wagon were runners-up in both categories, respectively. The Battle of the Food Trucks proceeds benefit The Tomorrow Fund and its charitable grantmaking, which, in 2011, supported A.B.L.E. Youth, Foundation for Tennessee Chess, IKE Services, In Full Motion, and Our Kids.

This year’s Main Course sponsor is Pilot Flying J, and the Second Course sponsor is Nissan North America. Additional sponsors include: Foothill Entertainment Group, Kroger, Lightning 100, Lipman Brothers, Local Taco, Nashville Scene, NowPlayingNashville.com, Sawtooth Printhouse, Yazoo Brewing Company, and Yelp.

For tickets or more information, visit TheTomorrowFund.org, or call The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939.

About The Tomorrow Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Founded in 1998 by young Nashville-area professionals who were interested in encouraging philanthropy, The Tomorrow Fund focuses on supporting local youth-oriented charitable organizations. The Tomorrow Fund, a component fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, not only makes grants to nonprofits serving children but also provides opportunities for hands-on community service and social events for its members. Visit www.TheTomorrowFund.org for more information, or call The Community Foundation at 615-321-4939.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee oversees more than 840 charitable funds, providing customized philanthropic solutions with flexibility for donors, nonprofit organizations and the community. In the past 21 years, The Community Foundation has distributed more than $600 million to community programs and institutions. It is located at 3833 Cleghorn Avenue, #400, Nashville, Tennessee 37215. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

This article has been republished from Out & About Nashville, and was part of a series of first-person pieces written by the late Bobbi Williams.

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