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Food truck fans, the weekend of April 24-25 is for you.

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If you can't get enough of food trucks, you'll want to leave your calendar open the weekend of April 24-25, when Washington will host back-to-back festivals centered around the mobile purveyors of meals.

Truckeroo kicks off its season on April 24 at the Fairgrounds across from the Navy Yard Metro station; Taste of Three Cities makes its local debut April 25 at Storey Park in NoMa.

More than two dozen food trucks typically attend Truckeroo, which launched in 2010 and runs monthly through October, said Allison Luchey, director of catering and events for organizer Georgetown Events.

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On average, 25,000 people attend any given Truckeroo. It's a day-long affair, running from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Not much will be changing this year: "We try to stick to the classic Truckeroo as people know and love it," Luchey said.

A few trucks will be making their Truckeroo debut, including Swizzler, specializing in spiralized, super-loaded hot dogs, and Due South, a preview of the Southern restaurant coming to the Yards in Southeast in June. (Due South is also under the Georgetown Events umbrella.)

Diners turn out in large numbers for lunch, Luchey said, and the crowds pick back up starting at happy hour and into the evening. The event includes live music and corn hole and other games.

"It turns into an almost urban party scene," she said.

The party's days at the Fairgrounds may be numbered. The land underneath the lot has been acquired by developer JBG Co. "I think the powers that be are already brainstorming ways to keep it going forward," Luchey said.

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On the other hand, Taste of Three Cities is just arriving on the scene.

The event began in 2012 as a D.C. versus Baltimore food truck showdown in Charm City. Last year, Philadelphia asked to join the competition, said Damian Bohager of The Gathering, a weekly Baltimore food truck festival that puts on Taste of Three Cities.

For the first time this year, the event will visit all three cities, with stops in Philadelphia on May 9 and Baltimore on June 6. Bohager said between 40 and 50 trucks may be at each event. Some, but not all, trucks will visit each of the host cities.

Jen Berg, co-founder of the Gathering with Bohager, said attendees and vendors appreciate seeing what trucks are doing in other places.

At stake is a total of about $20,000 in cash and prizes. A champion will be crowned at each city, based on input from a panel of judges and the crowd. The truck with the most points by the end of the circuit will receive a bonus prize.

While food is the focus, Taste of Three Cities will also feature bands, a kids' zone, a vendor village and fashion trucks.

Truckeroo begins April 24, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., at the Fairgrounds, Half and M streets SE. Free admission.

Taste of Three Cities, April 25, noon to 9 p.m., at Storey Park, First and L streets NE. $15 (a portion of the proceeds will benefit DC Central Kitchen).

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