Food truck competition in Rutland

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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) Food trucks have become popular over the last few years and three of them parked in Rutland Sunday brought out hundreds to enjoy the food and get a shot at appearing on a Food Network show.

"This place is buzzing," Rutland Mayor David Allaire said.

Three food trucks parked and opened up shop in downtown Rutland as the Food Network's show "The Great Food Truck Race" used the location to shoot an episode. The reality show gives novice chefs food trucks and each episode is a new stop.

"They create a menu, they create a price point, how many things they are going to put on the menu, they find locations and then sell their food. Whoever sells the least amount gets eliminated," said Peter Woronov, the executive producer of the show.

He says the episode that was shot in Rutland is for their 11th season that will only take place in New England and is holiday-themed.

"It's not the holidays right now, so we are making it the holidays," said Woronov.

The trucks were in Killington on Saturday, which is why Rutland was an easy next stop.

"We wanted to come to a historic, quaint Vermont town that wasn't too far and Rutland fit the bill," Woronov said.

And the excitement could be seen as people waited in long lines for hours. That included Leslie Savoi and her family.

"We got down here at 8 o'clock this morning," Savoi said.

So when it came time to try the food, she said it was worth the wait.

"Oh yeah, it's fantastic," she said.

As the trucks packed up to head to their next destination, Rutland Mayor David Allaire said he hopes that even a small event like this can bring some big exposure to Rutland.

"Just to have these folks here and filming around downtown and be able to tell our story around the county-- it's just fantastic," he said.

The episode featuring Rutland is expected to air in December.