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Oskar Blues Food And Music Festival Returns April 15 – Brevard NC

 

March 13, 2017



Oskar Blues Brewery is challenging more than 20 of the region’s best food trucks to an epic Truck Off at the REEB Ranch in Brevard, and the public is invited to judge. The annual Loaded Up and Truckin’ Food Truck-Off and Aural Pleasure Fest returns April 15 with Dr. Dog headlining an ace lineup of music on the ranch stage.

Craft-beer-in-a-can and camping cap off a spring day that sets the bar high for the summer festival season. Tickets are on sale now.

So what is a “Truck Off?” Loaded Up and Truckin’ assembles more than 20 food trucks. In addition to their full menus, each truck will serve a special menu item for festival goers who purchase a “judges ticket” for $65. These judges get the exclusive chance to taste kitchen creations from every truck. Once all dishes have been tasted, the people’s court will preside over the judgment of the grand champion.

Smashbox Mobile Kitchen took home the trophy in 2016. Who will reign as Truck Off Champion in 2017? The winning truck takes home $1,000.

Not into passing judgment? A general admission ticket is also available for $35 so you can still listen to music and purchase whatever food and beer you want. Full menus from each food truck will be available for purchase and Oskar Blues will bring all the beers.

Camping also is available at the festival.

This year’s festival is headlined by Philadelphia psych-rockers, Dr. Dog. Known for their compelling performances, the six-piece band has been revered “for the deft, fluid interplay of their live shows, blending funk with roots-rock and psychedelia,” by Rolling Stone. Their sound showcases an “unapologetic love of 1960s pop with a shambling indie-rock aesthetic,” according to NPR.

Nashville country darling Nikki Lane will also be stomping on the stage. The self-proclaimed “First Lady of Outlaw Country,” Lane has been making waves in the industry since she first entered the scene in 2011 and has been dazzling listeners with her songwriting ever since.

Black Mountain favorites, Floating Action (i.e. Seth Kauffman), are lauded as the “under-appreciated genius of the Asheville music scene,” by NPR. Kauffman and company blend folk, gospel, surf rock and soul for a distinct sound that makes for a killer show.

Musical power-couple Sarah Siskind and Travis Book (of The Infamous Stringdusters fame) will be bringing their project, Sarah Siskind & Sunliner to the festival. Of Siskind, NPR said, “her strong but vulnerable voice, her impeccable phrasing and her gently masterful guitar work make her an underexposed treasure.”

Called “a favorite Americana discovery,” by Huffington Post, Sarah Siskind & Sunliner have gained a reputation for putting on a show with captivating songwriting and catchy melodies that is best described as country blues through a gritty, southern rock lens.

Asheville busking group Fly By Night Rounders will be back out, playing their foot stomping mix of ragtime, bluegrass, honky tonk and jazz. Local old-school funk and R&B outfit, The Soul Magnetics, will also be joining the all-star crew of musicians. The group plays catchy, groove-heavy funk reminiscent of such legends as James Brown or George Porter Jr.

Tickets and schedule information for Loaded Up and Truckin’ Food Truck Off and Aural Pleasure Fest can be found online at loadedu pandtruckin.com.

General admission tickets are $35 and include admission into the REEB Ranch for the music and access to all the food trucks.

A judge’s ticket is $65 and includes admission to the site, a free small-plate from each truck, and a ballot to make your vote count for the Truck Off.

In addition, tent camping is available for $20/per person. A limited number of creek-side car-camping spots are available for $100 (max of four people per spot).

The Oskar Blues trolley will be shuttling festival-goers to and from Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard. Here’s a first look at some of the trucks that will be participating: Oskar Blues CHUBwagon, Oskar Blues CHUBwagon CANtina, Amazing Pizza Co., Appalachian Chic, Belly Up Food Truck, Blue Smoke BBQ, Bun Intended, Chameleon Catering and Mobile Food Co., The Grubbery Food Truck, Out of The Blue Peruvian Fusion Cuisine, The Real Food Truck, Root Down and Shakti Shiva. More food truckes will be announced at a later date.

 
 

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