We wanted to share the good news that the City will finally be allowing food trucks in public spaces starting August 1 for a two month pilot project. A number of food trucks will be rotating through five parks in different parts of the City!
Councillors McMahon and Colle have been pushing for a pilot since earlier this year when we met with members of the Toronto Street Food Project and food truck entrepreneurs. Find more information in their below. The councillors are still pushing for more locations and more trucks to be included.
Please check out the trucks to support the street food pilot when it starts in a week. We hope this opens the discussion on even more street food possibilities for Toronto... and hope that City Licensing + Standards staff and Committee keep their word to finally resolve other issues like unfair fees for street food employees, and more spaces for innovative food carts and trucks to open up more opportunities for young and new Canadians.
We've been pushing for better street food and working with Councillors and partners for two of Food Forward's three years so far. Come celebrate our third anniversary with food + drink from a wide variety of awesome food ventures and mingle with some of Toronto's coolest food organizers. Get your ticket for August 7 now: http://foodtoeats.eventbrite.com/
For an opportunity to see the kind of street food we wanted legalized in Toronto, check out the innovative event Agak, Agak, Hawk! by our partner, the Chop Suzies, in Regent Park, August 9.
See you on the 7th!
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Free the Food Trucks! City of Toronto Launches Pilot Program
TORONTO, July 24, 2013 - Starting August 1st and running for two months, food trucks will begin to operate in some of our parks around the City. Since early 2013, Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon (Ward 32, Beaches-East York) and Councillor Josh Colle (Ward 15, Eglinton-Lawrence) have been urging the City to launch a pilot project that would see food trucks operating in more locations in the City. The Councillors have been pushing Municipal Licensing and Standards (ML&S) to cut the red tape that has been holding back this sector of the food industry. Currently, food trucks are restricted to operating in private parking lots and at events, often facing large rental or participant fees, in addition to their City of Toronto permit, which does not allow them to sell on City property.
WHAT: Councillors Mary-Margaret McMahon and Josh Colle will be celebrating the launch of the City’s Food Truck Pilot Program with lunch at one of Toronto’s food trucks
WHERE: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto City Hall
WHEN: Thursday, July 25 at 12:15 P.M.
Food trucks and carts have been over-regulated in Toronto and this pilot project provides an opportunity to expand healthy and diverse food choices for Torontonians. Around the world, cities are embracing the power of street food to make their public spaces and urban culture more vibrant. Toronto is taking a step forward, but we are still far behind other cities such as Portland, Hamilton, New York, Dallas, and Vancouver, where food truck programs have been widely popular and a huge success.
"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," said Councillor Colle.
For the rest of the summer and part of the fall, a number of food trucks will begin to operate in five park locations: Woodbine Park, Sherbourne Commons, Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing, and Allen Gardens. Some participating truck vendors include the following: The Feisty Jack, Urban Smoke BBQ, Stuft Gourmet Sausages, Caplansky's, Gourmet Gringos, Beach Boys, The Food Dudes, Pretty Sweet Bakery, Gourmet B1tches, Bestia, Crossroads Diner, Hogtown Smoke, Choco Churros, Tiny Tom Donus, and Localista.
"Animating our public spaces and bringing diversity to our culinary options will only add to the vibrancy of our terrific city! This has been a long time coming and we are very hopeful that this will evolve into a permanent program" said Councillor McMahon.
Councillors McMahon and Colle are continuing push ML&S staff to broaden the program to include more locations around the city and more food truck participants.
For more information:
Councillor McMahon at (416) 392-1376
Councillor Colle at (416) 392-4027