Border BrawlIt’s a busy week for Lehigh Valley food truck sensations Chick ‘n Cone. In between visits to the Food Truck Border Brawl at SteelStacks Saturday and the Atlantic City Food Truck Festival June 18-19, the Bangor-based mobile eatery will be one of the vendors featured on the Cooking Channel’s popular “Carnival Eats” program this week. Tune in June 16, 9 p.m., as they serve up some of their amazing eats during an episode filmed September 2015 at the York Fair in York, Pa.

A member of the Lehigh Valley Mobile Food Alliance, the Chick ’n Cone is quickly becoming known for its Chick ‘n Cones, crispy chicken tenders piled high in waffle cones and served up with signature sauces like “Kick’n Ranch,””Yella BBQ” and “Cinna-Maple.” Among its other offerings are its perfectly seasoned Clucked Up Fries (sweet potato and Belgian fritas).

If you miss Carnival Eats this week, don’t fret! Chick ‘n Cone will be one of the more than 40 different food vendors at Musikfest this summer. Stop by the Volksplatz venue Aug. 5-14 and check them out.

ArtsQuest Announces Inaugural Food Truck Border Brawl Winners

They may be separated by the Delaware River, but Saturday Pennsylvania and New Jersey came together in a common goal – to please the palates of thousands during the inaugural Food Truck Border Brawl.

When all was said and done, The Surf and Turf Truck of Hamilton, N.J., was named “Best Overall Food Truck” by the Border Brawl Judging Panel, while The Empanada Guy of Old Bridge, N.J., was named the “People’s Choice” winner via public vote. Based on the judges’ cumulative scores, Pennsylvania was named the winning state in the event.

The Food Truck Border Brawl featured eight food trucks from the Garden State going head to head against eight mobile eateries from the Keystone State.  Attendance at the festival was 6,500, with proceeds from the event going to support the nonprofit ArtsQuest’s free music, arts and education programming for the region, including Musikfest, the largest free music festival in the nation.

“The quality and diversity of the food at the Border Brawl, coupled with the outstanding attendance at the event, really highlights the growing food truck movement in our region,” says ArtsQuest President and CEO Kassie Hilgert. “We thank all of the food trucks, judges and our patrons for helping to make this event a huge success. We’re looking forward to working with the Greater Lehigh Valley Mobile Food Alliance, Philadelphia Mobile Food Association and the New Jersey Food Truck Association to grow this event in the years to come.”

The complete list of Food Truck Border Brawl winners is:

Best Overall Food Truck (judges’ selection)

First Place:                  Surf and Turf Truck, Hamilton, NJ
Second Place:            The Cow and The Curd, Philadelphia, PA
Third Place:                 Oink and Moo BBQ, Philadelphia, PA

People’s Choice Winner:

First Place:                  The Empanada Guy, Old Bridge, NJ
Second Place:            Oink and Moo BBQ, Philadelphia, PA
Third Place:                 Cinnamini Donuts, Royersford, PA