Penticton and South Okanagan
Food truck bonanza
Oct 24, 2013 / 1:00 pm
The Penticton council has approved a mobile vending proposal for 2014. Council made the move after seeing the increased popularity of food trucks in the city in 2013.
The proposal includes provisions for vending during the peak and off season for motorized and non-motorized vendors.
"There seems to be more of an attitude of public acceptance and desire to have these opportunities," said Councillor Judy Sentes. "For example, most recently the Wine Information Centre hosted a Saturday event with several food trucks, and there was a very positive turnout for that."
According to Chuck Loewen, general manager recreation and facilities, for the past few years, beach, park and street vendors, which were pretty much non-motorized, have had permits for specific locations, with four sites for vending on Main Street.
The vendor program has proven to be successful, generating just under $37,000 for the city in 2013.
Now, he said, consideration should be given to capitalize on the mobile food trend, which is growing in popularity in such cities as Vancouver, Seattle and San Francisco.
Currently, the city has come up with 12 different locations where motorized vehicles can travel to and vend from.
The locations are designated for this use, in order to not encroach on existing food and beverage businesses or park, beach or street vendors.
The 12 include Martin Street Extension parking lot, Skaha Lake Sport Court parking lot, Gyro Park/City hall parking lot, city yards parking lot and the community centre parking lot.
Loewen said with a fee structure in place, mobile vending will generate an additional $11,000 for the city in 2014.
"It is a growing trend that will add services to visitors and add to our revenues," he said.
More information is available in the full staff report on the City's website.
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