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Food truck pilot excites Calgarian foodies

Hundreds of Calgarians hungry for concessions lined Stephen Ave on Thursday for the launch of phase one of the food truck pilot project. 

Enjoying Jojo's BBQIn partnership with Tourism Calgary, the Downtown Calgary Association, and city bylaw officials, YYC Food Trucks has been working to ensure the continual operation of the trucks within Calgary streets.

With three phases set to be completed by October, 2012; the final results will then be submitted to the city for approval on whether or not the trucks can run permanently.


As phase one of the pilot project, “YYC’s Taste the Trucks” featured eight food trucks which peddled an assortment of gourmet and traditional street-food favourites. Alley Burger, Fiasco Gelato, Fries & Dolls, Jojo’s BBQ, Los Compadres Mexican, Pimentos Mobile Pizzeria and Perogy Boyz attended the kick-off and sold samples of their regular menu for those in attendance. Another truck, Blam!Wich is set to start rolling soon.

food busker

A busker entertains those waiting in line for the trucks

 Excited Calgarians began to form lines for the vendors well before the 11:00 a.m. opening, making movement on Stephen Ave nearly impossible during the duration of the event.

 

 

Food trucks line Stephan Ave

The line-up of trucks ready to serve thousands of hungry CalgariansPhyllis Heltay, an attendee of the festival, utilized a “food-guerilla-war method” to ensure that her family was able to sample something from every truck.

“We came early because we knew the lines would be huge, luckily we were third in line for Alley-Burger. We want to try everything.”

Social media updates played a key role in generating buzz and keeping food truck connoisseurs up-to-date on possible menus, operating locations, and bylaw headway.

The event ran until 3:00 p.m. and many trucks began to run out of food around 2:00 p.m.

The Heltay family enjoying some samples from the event

The Heltay family savouring their meal

 

After the pilot, trucks have been spotted at various locations in the Beltline areaincluding Central Memorial Park and the opening of Ox and Angela at the 500 block of 17th ave. 

To receive updates on where and when the food trucks will be operating, follow YYC Food Trucks on Twitter.