2018 Hootin an Hollarin food: old favorites and a few new vendors to provide eats, treats and sweets

Running Wild BBQ, a new vendor at Hootin an Hollarin this year, is serving up whole roasted turkey legs, smoked beef, chicken and pork and their signature loaded fries (served with sharp cheese and your choice of meat). If you want to really do it up good, ask for your loaded fries to be served “Ozark style,” and you’ll get a healthy topping of coleslaw and baked beans right on top.

The Theodosia Chamber of Commerce’s hamburger, cheeseburger, hotdog and frito pie booth is a favorite of many Hootin an Hollarin festival goers including Marty Morrison, pictured left, with volunteer Melissa Myers in this 2016 photo.

Gainesville's own food truck, Fried and Frozen, will be serving up their delectable tacos, nachos, burritos, french fries, ice cream and their famous cashew chicken tacos.

Cashew chicken tacos from Fried & Frozen

(See page 59 of the Hootin an Hollarin festival guide for a map detailing vendors locations.)

One of the best things about any festival is the food, and Hootin an Hollarin is no exception.

This year's lineup will include main dishes from a variety of different merchants including a new vendor, Running Wild BBQ from Garden City Missouri. Situated just at the end of the school booths on the west side of the square, they'll be serving up roasted whole turkey legs, barbecued chicken, beef and pork. One of their most popular items, signature loaded fries, feature a generous serving of crispy french fries topped with smoked BBQ meat and sharp cheese. If that description doesn't seem to satisfy your taste buds, ask to have your loaded fries served "Ozark style," and you'll get a helping of coleslaw and baked beans right on top of it all. 

Also serving up their famous barbecued smoked meats is the popular Mom and Pop's BBQ booth, located just off the southeast side of the square, near Highway 160. They return to this year's festival with their tasty ribs, pulled pork and barbecued chicken. 

For those in the traditional hillbilly mood, the Victory Family Worship Center is the spot for homemade beans and cornbread, followed by one of Hootin an Hollarin's historic funnel cakes. 

If your mood leans more toward a fiesta, try out Gainesville's own Fried & Frozen food truck, making a return this year with their delectable tacos, nachos, burritos, french fries, ice cream and other frosty treats. Their rave-reviewed cashew chicken tacos are also on the Hootin an Hollarin menu, along with a new item: their own special take on the traditional funnel cake. The new item, described as "part funnel cake, part glazed donut hole," sounds like pure heaven. 

Trinity Worship Center's Cornerstone Cookery booth will be selling their signature cookery, a tasty skillet-cooked mixture of potatoes, veggies and sausage. The Theodosia Chamber of Commerce will have their highly-anticipated hamburgers, hotdogs and frito pies at their booth on the southeast corner of the square. The Nut Wagon plans to serve up corn dogs, brats and their famous roasted nuts this year. 

Kettle corn, pork rinds and funnel cakes will be available from the longtime Hootin an Hollarin vendor, Mountain Home Kettle Corn, located on the northwest side of the square, across from City Hall. 

And don't forget your sweet tooth! Billy Jack's Root Beer will be offering homemade root beer and root beer floats, Cascading Sweets is serving up chocolate covered fruit, ice cream and nachos, the Sweet Home Lemonade booth can quench your thirst and the Tropical Sno booth has a variety of shaved ice options. 

Take a stroll through the school booth row, located on the west side of the square, and you'll find caramel apples at the GHS project grad booth, cotton candy at the GHS Junior class booth, cheesecake bites at the GHS band booth, baked goods at the GHS baseball booth and potatoes on a stick, hotdogs and walking tacos from the Lutie senior/junior and FFA booth. 

Local restaurants The Antler, Deb & Lou’s, MO Dawgs food truck and Subway will also be open during the festival. Call for information on open times and menus. 

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