Toronto is about to take a huge step forward toward allowing food trucks the serve their gourmet truck fare on the city streets. It was just announced on Wednesday July 24, that as of August 1st the city will be rolling out a pilot project to allow food trucks to serve in five parks around Toronto.
As shared in an article by CityNews Toronto, this pilot was spearheaded by a passionate collection of people in the city including local councillors, Josh Colle and Mary-Margaret McMahon. The councillors expressed their excitement about this long awaited opportunity to loosen the chains on Toronto food truck scene with this new pilot program. From the article:
“It is exciting that the City is taking these long overdue steps to support small businesses and entrepreneurs and to give residents the diverse food options that they clearly want.”
Until now, local food trucks in Toronto were not allowed to operate on public streets and were restricted to serving on private property like the Sony Centre and Roy Thomson Hall. With this food truck pilot program in motion, trucks will now be able to set up and serve at five city parks which include Woodbine Park, Sherbourne Commons, Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing and Allan Gardens.
The Ontario Food Truck Association has successfully brought on board many of Toronto’s favourite food trucks to participate in this program including The Feisty Jack, Caplansky’s, Urban Smoke BBQ and Gourmet Gringos, among many others.
Hopefully this pilot program will be just the start to showing the city how important food trucks are to this city and will see it evolve into something more permanent.