THE food truck revolution will continue to sweep through the streets of Hobart following a decision by the Hobart City Council to turn the 12-month food truck trial into a permanent fixture.
Under the new agreement, food trucks will now be allowed to trade in increased locations, but a number of “no go” zones will still be in effect to protect existing food businesses and residences.
Unregistered road vehicles can also have a taste of the action, with tricycles and carts given the go-ahead to trade in parks and on footpaths.
Applications for the new program opened in early January, with vendors jumping on board to sign up for either an annual or short-term license.
Long-term vendor and local favourite Taco Taco was among the first proponents to enter into a long-term agreement with the council.
Taco Taco owner Chris Quinn said it was pleasing to see the trial turn into a permanent agreement, which he said would open up many more areas for trade.
“Since we began trading four-years-ago, we have received nothing but positivity from the community, so it’s nice to now be able to operate with a bit more permanency,” he said.
“Food trucks offer a different type of dining experience and I think people enjoy the option of purchasing some good food and sitting down in the park with their family and having a picnic-type meal.
“With many more trading locations now open to us, we have increased our social media presence and customers need only jump online to view our locations and trading times for the week.”
As part of the Food Truck Program, vendors must use compostable containers as part of Hobart’s zero waste landfill goal and register themselves on the ‘Where the Truck At?’ app.
For more information, visit www.hobartcity.com.au/foodtrucks
Caption: Food vendor Jesse Thornton, of Hobart, in the Taco Taco food van, which is set to become a permanent fixture in the city streetscape. Image supplied.