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Food Truck Throw Down Celebrates Des Moines’ Culinary Art Scene

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Thousands of people came out to the fifth annual Food Truck Throw Down, put on by the Des Moines Social Club.

Thirteen food trucks lined the closed-off portion of Cherry Street near the Des Moines Social Club, serving everything from barbecue and burritos to ice cream and hot wings.

"The Social Club`s mission is to use arts and culture as a catalyst to create community engagement. One of the arts that we celebrate is the culinary arts and we thought it was a fun way to get people out, especially at the first Farmers` Market, people can leave there, come here, try all the foods Des Moines has to offer,” said Katie Privitera, communications director at the Des Moines Social Club.

This year, every food truck had samples of food for only $2, so every member of the family was sure to find something they liked.

The Mast family recently moved to Des Moines and says it is events like this that make Des Moines feel like home.

“Definitely just makes me feel welcomed here and just fun place. I love it, it’s a good way to eat out, hang out with friends and stuff, meet new people,” Mark Mast said.

If you missed the Food Truck Throw Down but still want a taste of culinary art, the Des Moines Social Club has different culinary classes every week.

Here's a list of all the food vendors at the event:

-- Caribbean Kitchen
-- Chamo Venezuelan Kitchen
-- Grumpy J’s Gourmet Sliders
-- Hotsy Totsy
-- Karam’s Grill
-- Mema’s Italian Grinders
-- Pit Stop BBQ
-- Roadside Tacos
-- Taza Fresh
-- The Outside Scoop
-- Top Bun
-- Walking Pasta
-- Wingz on Wheelz

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