Competition is sizzling at Street Food Throw Down in Sturgis

Published: Aug. 4, 2018 at 10:29 PM MDT
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There are plenty of "Gouda" things on the menu at this weekend's Street Food Throw Down.

We'll give you a taste of what the competition is like.

Nearly 30 food booths signed up for the 2nd annual Street Food Throw Down.

Competitors can cook anything from burgers to burritos to barbecue.

Vendors could win one of three categories: best side dish, best entree, or best dessert.

And one vendor from Minnesota is melting hearts with some melted cheese.

Robert Underwood, CEO & executive chef, Gouda Q, says, "I've worked at several restaurants that had Gouda cheese and I've felt that it was a highlight item. I worked at a place where I put it on several menu items and I noticed that I kept on getting side of Gouda. Side of Gouda. Side of Gouda! So one night it just came off the top of my head Gouda Q."

But Gouda Q is not "provalone" in the contest for cheesy goodness.

They have some competition on hailing from the badger state, a food booth dishing out Wisconsin cheese curds.

They won best side dish last year and are confident about another victory.

Gunnar Kostka, fry cook, Badger State Curds, says, "All of it's from local places. Ellsworth is where the cheese curds are from. Smith Brothers Meats is where the bratwursts are from. So if we can serve out a consistent products that's always good then I think we have a chance."

The food is judged on taste and originality.

Dishes need to be delicious, but they also need to be like cheddar and look sharp.

Judging started on Friday, but there's still more food to try.

Barb "Red" Wilson, judge, Street Food Throw Down, says, "We have a couple surprises. We have some standouts. We have some disappointments, but not many. I'll tell you the competition is really coming down to being very fierce. There's only a few points separating the leaders from the rest of the pack."

Champions will receive a banner they can place on their tent as well as a voucher good for next year's rally vending permit, valued at $1,500.

The winners will be announced on Sunday at noon.

The winners of the contest will also be featured on the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.