Food trucks get their permanent positions in Regina
People in Regina’s downtown will have a rather varied set of mobile food available on 12th Avenue this year. The city has chosen which food truck will get a place in the City Square Plaza for the next year.
A lottery yesterday picked six trucks at random -- they'll each claim a dedicated spot on the plaza where they can park...day in and day out.
Chris Sale, with the City of Regina, said next year the draw will no longer be random -- the city will consider what kind of products are being offered.
“We certainly are looking forward to next year and the years beyond. And looking at how we can maximize the diversity of offerings on the plaza.”
The food on sale in the space this year will range from popcorn, to hot dogs, to Korean barbecue, to "potato tornadoes."
While the trucks are free to park around the downtown the vendors chosen in the lottery will have priority on the plaza space itself.
Sale said on days the plaza is already booked -- like the regular Farmer's Market events -- then the trucks take a back seat.
“If there is an event booked on the plaza then it’s up to the vendors to negotiate with that with that event, their participation.”
But Sale said there could be some collaboration in those situations.
“For instance the farmers market are going to invite some of the vendors to participate and charge them to be members of the farmers market. But other vendors won’t, and it really depends on the event and capacity of the event.”
Edited by CJME's Lisa Schick.