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Food Truck Rodeo beckons food lovers to Watford City

“It gets pretty fun, a little bit crazy and definitely flavorful,” Mike Schmitz, event producer and owner of 701 Food Trucks, said.

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The Bakken will experience a tasty new family event this summer as the Watford City Food Truck Rodeo rides into the McKenzie County Fairgrounds June 3, 2022.
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WATFORD CITY, N.D. — Long before Watford City became the epicenter of the state's energy boom, synonymous with roughnecks and small town living, it was an area steeped in history, culture and scenic beauty. Today, Watford City is a bustling city full of unique things to see and do. While the oil boom may have slowed around Watford City, the excitement within the city itself is growing and with many hotels, motels and lodges in the city, there is room for everyone.

One such exciting event calls on all Western Edge residents to saddle up and head for the Bakken where they can enjoy the food, fun and frolicing of a tasty new family event this summer.

The Watford City Food Truck Rodeo rides into the McKenzie County Fairgrounds, located at 3rd Avenue Southeast and 11th Street Southeast, from June 3 through June 5.

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Foodies can expect many of the state’s best mobile food vendors, a full cash bar, kid’s inflatables, a cornhole tournament as well as other activities to be announced. Mike Schmitz, event producer and owner of 701 Food Trucks says he’s excited to bring the mobile food event to the heart of the Bakken and share with the gathered masses a “taste” of the Food Truck scene from around the state.

“I have so much admiration for this community, how it’s grown and molded into what it has,” He said. “Our vendors and staff have been excited about this for a while, and we’ve already realized the community is as well.”

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The event is not the first rodeo for 701 Food Trucks, who started the Fargo Food Truck Festival in 2013 to much success.

Since then, the event and those like it have become hallmarks of annual celebrations in Bismarck, Grand Forks and Dickinson. Western Edge foodies will recognize a few familiar Food Truck faces, such as Williston’s Rock N Roll Tacos, but also an awarded mix of ND’s best of the best in the mobile purveyors of deliciousness.

More than 10 mobile food vendors will be featured, along with a host of non-food vendors and family friendly activities.

No rodeo would be complete without a competitive element and attendees can saddle up and watch daily Food Truck competitions. Friday will feature the Sweet Tooth Taste Test, where select vendors offer up a one day only $3 sweet treat. Saturday’s competition is the Bloody Mary Matchup, where event goers of drinking age can purchase a bloody mary from the cash bar and collect $2 skewers from contributing vendors. The final competition will be held on Sunday, with the Makin’ Bacon Challenge pitting participating pork purveyors against each other to produce the best bacon dish.

“It gets pretty fun, a little bit crazy and definitely flavorful,” Schmitz said.

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The Bakken will experience a tasty new family event this summer as the Watford City Food Truck Rodeo rides into the McKenzie County Fairgrounds June 3, 2022.
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Foodies in attendance can cast their vote for the highest honor in Food Truckland, the coveted “Best of The Fest - People’s Choice” award. Many of the participating trucks this year in Watford City are previous holders of several of these culinary distinctions.

Schmitz and other event producers are confident that the Watford City Food Truck Rodeo will become a staple annual event for Watford City.

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