The Battle of the Food Trucks unfolded on the parking lot of the Trop Club & Casino over the weekend, as nine island snack trucks and snack shacks participated in the event co-sponsored by imported Presidente Beer, from the Dominican Republic, AMC Unicon, Coca Cola and Label 5 Scotch, as a charity event with proceeds donated to the Mary Joan Breast Cancer Foundation.
With wall to wall entertainment, by Victor Emanuel, the Rincon Boyz, Upgrade Music, D’-Licious Band, and Iguales Band the trucks culinary offerings were judged in two rounds, on Friday night by a group of visiting American food experts and on Saturday night by a number of local food-maven.
Tia Rosa Snack from Pos Chikito, a family enterprise serving Patacon, a sandwich made with slices of twice fried green plantain instead of bread, mixing ham, cheese, some lettuce, tomato, onions and a variety of sauces, won the first prize, while the Hollywood Smokehouse and Chalo Burger shared the second place, the smokehouse with a quartet of delectable slides, filled with beef brisket, pulled pork, grilled grouper and sausage, accompanied by zingy sauces, and Chalo with a giant tasty burger, with all the trimmings.
Chachi Snack, in the third place was praised for his chicken cut-small laced with peanut sauce!
Suyene Tromp Executive Administrative Assistant of the Tropicana Aruba Resort & Casino had the pleasure of recruiting the trucks and convincing them to move from their regular locations around the island, for just one night, while Casino Manager Wilfred Trimon, enjoyed the incredible traffic it brought to the parking lot and the Trop Casino.
Inside the Trop Casino, at Buster’s Garage, Ruben Trapenberg and the Legend band entertained with classic Rock n Roll, while a formal domino tournament, bingo and raffles, were taking place at the casino.
Pictured here an incredible weekend of fun with Chachi Snack, Mama’s Truck from Eagle Beach, Piets, Ricuras, Chalo’s Burger, the Hollywood Smokehouse, Tia Rosa, Gio’s burger, Caribbean Sabor, Lizza’s Ice & Shakes, and Soft Ices.