Halifax, CAN: Food Truck Culture to Take Over Halifax at Weekend Rally

Mobile food trucks, like the Nomad Gourmet one use by the Brooklyn Warehouse during renovation work back in February, will be front and centre at the waterfront this Saturday. © Jeff Harper/Metro

By Aly Thomson | The Daily Business Buzz

Mobile food trucks, like the Nomad Gourmet one use by the Brooklyn Warehouse during renovation work back in February, will be front and centre at the waterfront this Saturday. © Jeff Harper/Metro
Mobile food trucks, like the Nomad Gourmet one use by the Brooklyn Warehouse during renovation work back in February, will be front and centre at the waterfront this Saturday. © Jeff Harper/Metro

It’s a food movement that literally moves.

An ever-growing number food trucks are calling Halifax home and to celebrate the industry’s recent success, a local association is holding Atlantic Canada’s first food truck rally.

“What we’ve seen in the last year is not just five new food trucks, it’s actually the beginning of a strong food truck culture in Halifax,” said Natalie Chavarie of the Food Truck Association of Nova Scotia.

We really want to highlight that at the rally, that food trucks are fun, explorative, creative and experiential places to eat.”

Organized by the association and Waterfront Development, the event at the Sands at Salter near Bishops Landing will feature several local food trucks, including Chavarie’s own Food Wolf.

Other favourites — including Nomad Gourmet, Tin Pan Alley Food Truck and Bite Me Urban Diner — will also be on site, rain or shine.

It’s not only a chance for people to dig into some of the region’s most delicious food truck fare, but also an opportunity to meet the foodies behind the food, said Chavarie.

“I find that there’s something really special about Haligonians who are eaters, who really want to explore their pallet and eat things that they might not have eaten before,” said Chavarie, adding that she’s looking forward to chatting with customers.

Chavarie said with popularity in food trucks on the rise, the local businesses are in “co-opetition”  with each other, rather than competition.

“Food truck culture is really defined by a sense of collaboration,” she said. “We share a lot of the common experiences and challenges and successes.

“We’re really rallying together to provide Halifax with a real street food eating experience.”

Colin MacLean, president and CEO of Waterfront Development, said if all goes well, the rally could become an annual event.

“I’ve got a sense that… it could evolve in to something that we do on a more regular basis.”

The rally is part of City Harvest, hosted by I Love Local Halifax. Free parking will be available on Saturday at waterfront parking lots.

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