For those who don't want to deal with the lines at sit-down restaurants scattered around downtown, there's an easy, delicious alternative: Columbia's food trucks are revved up and ready to serve. Even better, you can munch down on these to-go snacks while waiting in the Q.
After conducting careful research throughout the first two days of the fest, Vox can confirm that, though you can't go wrong with any of the city's food trucks, these are the highlights you won't want to miss.
If you're searching for down-home cookin', preferably smothered between two fresh homemade biscuits, you've come to the right place.
Fan favorite: the Boss Hog, a biscuit stuffed with pulled pork, greens, gravy, a fried egg, crispy onions and Arkan-sauce sandwich. Or try the Chicken Fried Chicken, featuring buttermilk-fried chicken breast, an egg, greens and gravy.
Find the truck: Sat. 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Ninth and Locust streets; 4-8 p.m. outside Logboat Brewing Company, Sun. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Ninth and Locust streets; 7 p.m. on at Cafe Berlin.
Any changes in location will be posted to the food truck's twitter.
For a fresh take on a comfort-food staple, you have to try these innovative grilled cheese sandwiches.
Fan favorite: the Pig Mac, a grilled sandwich filled with swiss, pepper jack, mac and cheese, pulled pork and caramelized onions.
Cost: $7-9. Sandwiches come with chips.
Find the truck: Sat.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the intersection of Ninth and Locust streets.
Text your orders to (573)-529-6263, or order in person.
This food truck offers cuisine self-described as "Baja Midwest fusion." The chefs will be offering their full menu, with the exception of any seafood dishes.
Fan favorite: the Garbage Burrito, made with carnitas, chicken, sirloin and the works.
Find the truck: Sat. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 203 S. Ninth St., outside the Missouri Theatre.
Try these tasty tropical dishes that'll warm you right up. Plus, sip something new with one of the food truck's Rasta lemonades or Jamaican sodas.
Fan favorite: Jerk chicken, marinated with authentic Jamaican jerk spices.
Find the truck: Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the intersection of Ninth and Locust streets.
2 Odd Dawgs
These folks are here for all your hot-dog cravings. Sometimes nothing hits the spot like a classic.
Fan favorite: We won't weigh in on the age-old ketchup, mustard or relish debate. Just order what you like, okay?
Cost: $5 for a combo. Chips and a drink are included.
Find the stand: At Ninth and Locust streets all weekend. Hours aren't set in advance, but they'll be there as long as people are ordering.