Summer isn’t summer without its great seasonal traditions and the annual Edible East End Food Truck Derby has become one of them. Now in its seventh year, the Derby—taking place this year on Friday, August 10 in Bridgehampton—is proof that North Fork wines aren’t the only homegrown goods that get better with age, with 25 vendors sharing their wares at Hayground School. With one serving at every food truck and three drinks included with every adult ticket, this event is a feast for the fearless and the famished.
As usual, sales benefit the school and other projects in the region, such as culinary arts training for Long Island kids—the next generation of Edible superstars. This year’s Derby also coincides with the community farmers market, making it even more a gastronomic feast of the Island’s best.
Our very own Blue Point Brewing Company is a proud sponsor this year, representing mid-Island; Wainscott Main Wine & Spirits turns up for the East End. With The Shockwaves as the headline performer this year, other beverage brands that you can look forward to taking dance breaks with include Health-Ade Kombucha, The Lenz Winery, Troegs Independent Brewing and Hampton Coffee Company.
However, the marquee for this lineup will always star the food trucks Long Island loves, and this year’s event has a set list you won’t want to miss. Favorites like Blondie’s Bake Shop, Chiddy’s Cheesesteaks and Eat Me Drink Me are always standouts, but we at Edible encourage you to branch out.
Try some Puerto-Rican-inspired flavors with the return of ANEWYORICANTHING and grab some yucca fries and guava bites for a portable snack; King Andrew Cheese counters with fresh fromage.
Grilled goods of the comforting kind, you can find at Good Eats Grill and the Viggiano Brothers’ tribute to their mother, Billie Jean’s. Nice Buns Slammin Sliders come in hot on the between-the-buns scene, too.
Brick-and-mortar satellite restaurants are represented by noah’s on the road and Bistro Mobile Kitchen while Promobile Kitchen keeps branded surprises cooking for us.
On the lighter side, the Sea Bean Natural Foods Co. keeps it down to earth with bites made from produce from their organic farmstand and now, their farm in Montauk. Opa! On the Go, another Hamptons-bred truck also comes to a full stop at the Food Truck Derby.
But if you want to treat yourself, there are few sweeter ways than with Dreesen’s Famous Donuts and Whole Le Crepe—and that’s only if you haven’t gotten your fill from Blondie’s. Fresh doughnuts will be frying and crepes will be folded all day.
For something truly novel, don’t bypass the retro Chevy truck—that’s where you’ll find wood-fired Neapolitan pizza by Pizza Luca. Its flatbed is the permanent home of a full-scale oven and processes laid out by the Associazione Vera Pizza Napoletana themselves.
This event also gives guests the opportunity to learn more about brands like Vegan Rob’s, purveyors of creative vegetable-based snacks; home improvement businesses like Renewal by Anderson and Resort Lighting; and even new tech such as Maven, a car-renting app. After all, we do need a couple of reasons to break from all the eating, right?
As mentioned, every ticket generously includes a dish from every single truck and three beverages for adults, while children’s tickets score youngsters four tastes and one drink.
But either way, we at Edible highly recommend springing for the VIP admission package, which allows you on the grounds as early as 3:30 PM, half an hour before everyone else. The event goes on until 7, but goods are limited to what’s produced, so call your dibs first!
Tickets available here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-truck-derby-tickets-43128105324