A food truck invitational to find the best trucks in the Commonwealth…

…and beyond!


What is The Feeders’ Cup?

The Feeders’ Cup Invitational is an inaugural event to find the best food trucks in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the tri-state area. The Feeders’ Cup is the first event of the week-long Breeders’ Cup Festival Week held in celebration of the Breeders’ Cup coming to Keeneland October 30-31st.
Winning trucks will be selected by a panel of judges and YOU!! The judges will do a blind tasting earlier in the day to count for 50% of the vote and then the public (that’s you!) will vote for your favorite trucks in the categories: Best Sweet, Best Southern Classic, Best World Fusion, Best Farm to Table and Best Overall! Your ticket includes samples from each truck, a voting guide and a cute little golf pencil!
The five winning trucks will serve and sell their full menu in the  #sharethelex Winners’ Stretch  at Short Street and Cheapside in downtown Lexington during the week of the Breeders’ Cup Festival, with tens of thousands of attendees expected over the week of October 24-31.


Ticket passes are pick up only at will call. Further instructions will be mailed to ticket pass buyers.

Online ticket sales are now closed. 

You can still buy tickets on October 24th at the ballpark. Gates open at 3:00pm.

$30.00 AT THE GATE
$5.00 (5 AND UNDER)
$10.00 (6 TO 10 YEARS OLD)


3:00pm — Gates Open to the Public

4:45 pm — Johnny Conqueroo

6:15 pm — Coralee and the Townies

8:00 pm — Sheisty Khrist and Tribe Called Lex

9:00 pm — Voting Closes

9:30 — Winners Announced! 


All the trucks have been selected for this year’s Cup!

And here they are!

Louisville, KY

Longshot Lobsta

Pollo: a chicken joint

Boo Boo Smoke Shack

Lexington, KY

Han Cook In

Rolling Oven

Gastro Gnomes

New Lex Eats

Dolce Mobile Cafe

Sav’s Chill

Bradford BBQ

Snack Shack

Minton’s “Little Brother”

Georgetown, KY

Spotz Gelato

Richmond, KY

Epic Cure

Lawrenceburg, KY

Hill of Beans BBQ

Cincinnati, OH

Empanadas Aqui (Venezuelan)

Huntington, WV

Fair to Middlin’

Chatanooga, TN

The Grilled Cheese Emergency

Indianapolis, IN 

Caveman Mobile

Fort Drum, NY 

Military Mom’s

Knoxville, TN

Tootsie Truck

This sounds fun…but I have some questions.

How do I get my tickets?
Well first, they aren’t really tickets. They are wristbands. You will either get an “Over 21″ or the unmarked bands in assorted colors. YOU MUST HAVE A VALID ID AND BE OVER 21 TO RECEIVE AN “OVER 21″ WRISTBAND.

Second, you can pick up your tickets on either of the open box office days or at the will call table at Whitaker Bank Ballpark the day of the event (Oct 24). Will call will open at 2:30pm. (see “When/Where…” post below for times and locations).

What do I need to bring? Papers, receipts? Blood work?
Nope. Please don’t. Just bring a VALID ID that matches the ticket purchaser and you are all done. Be sure to check what name the card is under so you have that with you. If your name is Peggy Sue Smith and you bought the tickets with Chris Allen Smith’s card just be able to tell us that.

When? Where do I go to get my pass/wristband?
We will hold several different box office hours and a will call at the event on the day of.

​Box Office/Pass Pickup​
434 Old Vine Street, Lexington ​–Offices of Smiley Pete Publishing (street parking)
Thursday, October 22 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Friday, October 23 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
​Will Call the day of the Cup — October 24th — will call opens at 2:30/gates at 3:00
Whitaker Bank Ball Park — 206 Legends Lane​

I have a two-year old, a picky eater in the family do they have to pay $20 bucks?

Children 5 and under get in for $5 bucks. Those tickets will only be available the day of at the gate the day of. See picky eater note below.

Make the call based on your experience of the event and what you like to eat and do. The competitors are only making one item per truck and bringing the one they think will win them the prize. Some of the trucks will be able to make their item easily vegetarian and have even planned to make a seperate vegetarian item. Some of the trucks will have gluten-free (paleo, gelato, korean, etc.). However, making several items is not a requirement. If you have a specific diet you will likely be able to eat from 4-5 of the trucks–but honestly, most people will only be able to eat from 6-7 before they are stuffed. If you have an allergy, better safe than sorry and maybe this isn’t the best event for you.

Why can’t I just buy a child’s tickets online?​
Well, we don’t want you to buy a ticket for an 8-month old cause you follow the rules. We don’t want you to buy a ticket for your two, 2-year old twins, when they can share one ticket. Our staff is better equipped to make those decisions at the gate on the day of. Picky eaters will still likely eat mac and cheese, grilled chese, bbq and all the sweets available.

Alcohol Policy

Anyone intending to drink alcoholic beverages must have a VALID ID and a marked wristband –available at the gate. Service of alcohol closes at 9:00pm in keeping with ABC regulations.

So do I have to buy a ticket for my picky eater?

Children 5 and under are $5 dollars. Please make the call as to whether this is the best event for a picky eater but yes, they will have to purchase a ticket. $20 in advance/ $30 at the gate.


Clearly marked service animals are the only animals allowed inside the park, no exceptions.


Parking is free and self-guided. There are plenty of spots at Whitaker Bank.

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