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Food trucks or a wine festival this weekend? You decide

Chuck Maul and Holly Millie tear into a chicken sandwich from Mobile Food Command Center at the 2014 Food Truck Fest in Tacoma's Wright Park.
Chuck Maul and Holly Millie tear into a chicken sandwich from Mobile Food Command Center at the 2014 Food Truck Fest in Tacoma's Wright Park. Staff file, 2014

A celebrity chef cook-off and tasting tent will be the highlight of one event. Lunch on a sprawling lawn with 23 food trucks will be the lure of another.

Here’s a look at two South Sound dining events happening this weekend.


Information: Friday (July 22) and Saturday, various locations in Gig Harbor. See website for details,

Details: Winemaker dinners at five Gig Harbor restaurants on Friday. A grand tasting, classes, celebrity cook-off and more events throughout the day Saturday.

Tickets: Prices vary for Friday night dinners and some already are sold out (check website). Saturday’s tickets are $80 per person ($90 at the door), which gives access to Saturday’s grand tasting and a host of classes and events.

Grand tasting: From 12-4:30 p.m. at the Harbor History Museum. Enter at the nearby Austin Estuary Park. Must be 21 and older to attend. Fifteen tasting tickets are included admission. The tasting includes a tasting glass, plate and program upon entry. Additional tastes may be purchased.

Chef’s tent and cook-off at grand tasting: 12:30-4:30 p.m. Demonstrations in pasta making, appetizers, Japanese food. Also, a celebrity chef cook-off between Adriatic Grill’s Bill Trudnowski and chef Roy Brieman of Copperleaf Restaurant at Cedarbrook Lodge begins at 3 p.m.. Seattle chef Thierry Rautureau will emcee the cook-off.

Getting there: Take one of two free shuttles to Saturday’s tasting event. Park at Franciscan Medical Center, 6401 Kimball Drive, Gig Harbor, or Church of Latter Day Saints, 3603 Rosedale Street, Gig Harbor. The shuttles will operate throughout the event.

Affiliated classes: Several will be held at participating restaurants and businesses throughout Gig Harbor. A ticket to the grand tasting must be purchased to register. Check website.

New this year: A three-course sunset dinner, from 5-8 p.m., will close the event, $100.


Information: 10:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday, Wright Park, 501 S. I St., Tacoma;, 253-592-8019. Free admission.

Details: This annual Wright Park festival sponsored by Metro Parks Tacoma features the largest gathering of local and regional food trucks, with live music throughout the event from Steve Stefanowicz and Co. and Mixxed Fit performances.

Seating: Limited picnic table seating, unlimited lawn seating. Bring your own chair or blanket.

Trucks: Twenty-three trucks are booked. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels (Seattle); Ben and Jerry’s/ Hula Girl Ice Cream; Burrito Boy; Celebrity Cake Studio; Elemental Pizza; Europa Bistro; Finnwick’s Kitchen/It’s Greek to Me; Hometown Dogs; It’s Espresso On the Go; Kama’ aina Grill; Hot Revolution Donuts (Seattle); Lumpia World; Mobile Food Command Center; Original House of Donuts; The Ram; R.J.’s Fresh and Fast; Spicy Papaya (Seattle); Stacks Burgers; The Frying Dutchman; Tokyo Dog (Seattle); Tornado Potato (California): Uncle Lyman’s BBQ Pit; VietNom Nom.

What’s next: The final food truck rodeo of the season will be 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Sprinker Recreation Center, 14824 C St. S., Tacoma; The Pierce County Parks and Recreation festival will host about 20 trucks.