Iced Gems food truck takes top title at Taste of Three Cities event

Food trucks from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia selling everything from crab cakes and cheese curds to cupcakes and cookies were the featured attraction at Baltimore's third-annual food truck festival, held on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

The event, which began in 2012 as a Taste of Two Cities, had a different name this year — a Taste of Three Cities. Joining trucks from Baltimore and Washington for the first time was a contingent from the Philadelphia area, including the festival's only crab cake specialist.

The dining event, which attracted 15,000 people according to its promoters, is also a friendly inter-city competition, with trucks competing, individually, for the Mayor's Cup, which is decided by a panel of judges.

The Baltimore-based truck Gypsy Queen entered the day as the Mayor's Cup two-time defending champion. This year, the Iced Gems cupcake truck took home the Mayor's Cup, while Gypsy Queen was named the People's Choice.

The day's longest line was at The Cow and the Curd, a Philadelphia-based food truck specializing in a Wisconsin delicacy – fried cheese curds.

One satisfied customer, Sarah Baebler of Yale Heights, made a point of returning to thank the truck's owner, Rob Mitchell.

Baebler, who said she is from Lodi, a small farming town near Madison, Wis., admitted to Mitchell that she had been skeptical. But she said his cheese curds were every bit as good as those she remembered from back home, if not better.

"You almost made me cry," Baebler said.

"Now you're an official member of the 'curd herd,'" Mitchell told her.

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