It was supposed to be a big fat secret, but by 1 p.m. on Monday, June 18, the intersection of Water and Main streets in downtown Lubec was crowded. The Food Network's "The Great Food Truck Race" was anticipated; the easternmost town had been picked as the final stop of their third season. When the contestants didn't appear at the expected time, rumors of sightings began, with each one coming closer.
When they finally pulled into town at 3 p.m., the lines quickly formed. The crowd was eager to try out the offerings from the remaining two contenders: The Seoul Sausage Company ("Make sausage, not war") and Nonna's Kitchenette, featuring three Jersey girls.
The competitors set up operations in the heart of Lubec's restaurant district, surrounded by Cohill's Inn, Water Street Tavern, and Frank's Dockside Restaurant. The proprietors of all three were there, joining in the fun and helping to block traffic.
Eight trucks started the race, seven cities ago, and these two were the last ones still in the running. Contestants started near Los Angeles with eclectic menus typically served curbside out of "lunch trucks." At each stop, the truck with the lowest sales was sent home. Judging from the lines, which one Lubeckers favored most would be a tough decision. Television cameramen and sound‑technicians swarmed the place, filming the scene and all of the participants.
By 4:30 p.m. the kitchens closed again, and the party prepared to head to the West Quoddy Head Lighthouse for the finale. The show will air later this year.