Regatta: Ya gotta love the food

A dozen food vendors offer everything from slow-smoked meats to treats.

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Kettlecorn in a rainbow of colors will be back again at this year's Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival.
Tim Middagh / The Globe
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WORTHINGTON — Year after year, people from around the region come to Worthington for its Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival — and they stay for the music and the delicious foods served up by an array of food truck operators and food tent vendors.

Festival is Friday through Sunday.
The annual event takes center stage on Lake Okabena this weekend.
At least 50 confirmed reservations were received from Midwestern windsurfers of various skill levels.

New to the food scene at this weekend’s festival is a Bloody Mary Bar, open from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday inside the beer garden. Purchase your drink and build it your way with beef sticks, cheese, olives and pickles.

Returning for his second year with the Jon-E-1 BBQ red trailer is Worthington’s own Jon Lang, who will be serving up a delicious array of meats, from brisket to pulled pork, shredded chicken, smoked sausage and jalapeno cheddar sausage.

Customers can order a meal, which includes a sandwich and two sides, or get the loaded corn mac with your choice of meat. Sides include smoked beans, macaroni salad, coleslaw, potato salad and, of course, the oh-so-good corn mac and cheese. A selection of pop, as well as bottled water will also be available for purchase.

“I’m excited to come again,” Lang said of his return to the Regatta. “I love seeing all of the people come out and enjoying the festivities and me being able to serve them some food.”


Lang will have his food truck open for business from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday — or until he runs out of food. Sunday’s opening will depend on whether he has any food left. It takes anywhere from 12 to 16 hours to prepare the meats.

“It will be an all-week deal next week,” he said of food preparation. “The biggest thing this year was having a hard time getting certain items. At one time I couldn’t get macaroni noodles, and then it was to-go containers. It’s been kind of crazy.”

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TnT Indian Style Tacos is making a repeat appearance at the 2022 Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival.
Tim Middagh / The Globe

Lang first started his food truck business for the 2021 Worthington High School prom, and he said business has been amazing.

“The town has really supported me,” he said, adding that his catering business is 10 times greater than what he had anticipated.

A staple of the Regatta for the past several years has been the TnT Indian Style Tacos and the Cheese Carriage, both of which are returning this year. Paul and Susan Koob operated both trucks, selling their Indian-style tacos at the festival for 12 years before turning over that portion of the business to Susan’s son and daughter-in-law, Eric and Marissa Marten. This will be the Martens’ fourth year offering plate-sized Indian-style tacos for the public.

The annual event takes center stage on Lake Okabena this weekend.

The tacos are made with fry bread and your choice of beef or beans — or both — and then piled high with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes and optional hot sauce or sour cream. Other options include taco salad, nachos supreme and dessert fry bread (think elephant ear) with or without ice cream.

The Cheese Carriage, which continues to be operated by the Koobs, will sell cheese curds, corn dogs and beverages.

“We’ll be open for the whole thing,” said Marissa Marten. “The Regatta is one of our most fun events and we really enjoy coming back to our community and bringing our truck there year after year.”


Other food vendors to visit during the festival weekend are:

Chairs to be auctioned off at 6 p.m. Saturday.

  • Midwest Concessions: various fried foods, lemonade and desserts.
  • Lakeside Travel Plaza LLC: Godfather’s pizza, pop, popcorn and candy.
  • Diventuri Concessions: fried foods and fresh cut fries.
  • Griggs Cuisine LLC: Gyros, greek salad.
  • Itsy Bitsy Ice Box: shaved ice, cotton candy.
  • Z&Z Bar B.Q: ribs, chicken, gumbo, baked beans, rum cake, pecan bars and potato salad.
  • Lingen Dairy Soft Serve: soft serve, slushies, iced coffees.
  • Three Mad Poppers: flavored kettle corn.
  • Asian Hut: chicken teriyaki, rice, egg rolls, bubble tea, fried rice.

Julie Buntjer became editor of The Globe in July 2021, after working as a beat reporter at the Worthington newspaper since December 2003. She has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University.
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