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Food truck cook-off is a hot trend

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Cooler temperatures outside didn't keep the Truck-a-Roo debut in Wilmington from heating up this weekend. The inaugural downtown food truck cook-off features regional foods and regional brews that locals were craving.

Crowds of people waited in line for that taste of BBQ ribs and live music played by local bands.

Food trucks are a growing trend nationwide, and the people of Wilmington seem to agree. They can't wait for more events like this. And neither can the competitors.

Ed Coulbourn works for Poor Piggy's BBQ and Catering. He says he served about 100 people in the first 30 minutes of the event.

"We are able to move people really quick because we do festivals around the state," Coulbourn said. "So we are used to doing 400 or 500 people in a couple hours."

Food from a truck seems strange at first, but most people at the event had no problem stomaching the idea.

Nathalie Rubin of Wilmington says she was introduced to the idea through Port City Sliders. She was so excited about the experience that she came to the Truck-a-Roo event.

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