Charleston, S.C.: Food Truck Festival Draws a Huge Crowd


CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV)– The Charleston Food Truck Federation held a Food Truck Festival on Saturday and the event filled Marion Square with foodie goodness.

Viewer Zach Lamb tells us that the line for one of the vendors, Roti Rolls, ran the length of four trucks and some said they waited in line for over an hour.

Many of the folks who turned up to sample fare from local food truck vendors had never tried the portable edibles before.  Up for grabs were dishes like crawfish mac-n-cheese and tuxedo brownies.

Food trucks have been the source of controversy in nearby Mount Pleasant where brick and mortar restaurants want restrictions placed on the popular dining trend.

The town’s planning committee considered a pilot program for the food trucks that would create comprehensive regulations for the trucks, currently not in place.

At the end of the year long program, more permanent regulations will be developed based on feedback, according to town officials.

One food truck vendor doesn’t see a problem with the idea.

“It’s fair for both people involved, restaurants and food truck owners,” said Desmond Brown, owner of the GeeChee Island food truck. “The biggest thing is we can’t park too close to restaurants which is understandable.”

Another restriction being discussed is that no seating would be allowed to be set up outside of the trucks and food truck vendors must get a town license and DHEC approval for the trucks.

Regardless of what Mount Pleasant decides, events like this one and Food Truck Rodeos set up by the Charleston Food Truck Federation will continue to give locals plenty of opportunity to give ‘meals on wheels’ a whole new meaning.