Silo Truck takes top honors in NYS Fair food truck competition

The Ithaca area’s own Silo Food Truck topped the rest of a field competitors to win the second annual Food Truck Competition at the Great New York State Fair! Their Telekinetic Chicken was the Judges’ Choice award winner.

Silo Food Truck won this year's New York State Fair food truck competition. 14850 file photo.

Silo Food Truck won this year’s New York State Fair food truck competition. 14850 file photo.

The Ovid-based food truck, which debuted last summer and traveled to warmer climes over the winter, was invited to join the line-up as a late addition to the food trucks who applied for the competition this spring. Fair officials say a total of 17 competed in the day-long event this year, up from 12 in the first contest last summer.

The competition included the Salt City Food Truck, Hofmann Sausage Company, Via Napoli Express, and other Central New York favorites. The Meatball Truck of Rochester won the People’s Choice award with their Meatball in a Cup entry.

Silo’s entry in the contest was their Telekinetic Fried Chicken, featuring a breaded, fried chicken drumstick on a bed of purple coconut sticky rice and topped with Korean-style pickles. “The presentation was wonderful and the use of New York ingredients was undeniable,” raved one of the judges, Dan Eaton, host of “Cooking at Home” on Time Warner Cable News. Each competitor had to pick one dish to enter in the contest.

“So glad we are taking our truck to new levels,” said Silo co-owner Katie Foley. She and Jesse Steve operate the truck, which sells locally sourced fried chicken, decadent macaroni and cheese, and salads at festivals and other events.

Vendors sold samples of their entries to fairgoers for $2, so the public could cast votes for a People’s Choice winner. More than 2,500 fairgoers cast votes, with Lady Bug Lunch Box of Syracuse taking the second place in the People’s Choice competition for their Cajun Chicken Sandwich. The first competition last summer was won by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ, from Rochester.

The New York State Fair ends tomorrow, Labor Day. Silo Food Truck will be around town this week at Rasta Ranch Vineyards in Hector on Monday evening and Downtown Ithaca’s Argos Inn on Wednesday evening.

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