By Bruce Erskine | Herald Business
Atlantic Canada’s first Food Truck Rally is coming to the Halifax waterfront.
“The rally really answers the question: ‘Where are you?’” said Natalie Chavarie of the Food Truck Association of Nova Scotia, in an interview Tuesday.
Organized by the association in partnership with Waterfront Development, a provincial Crown corporation, the rally will be held at the Sands at Salter, next to Bishop’s Landing, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5.
The rally will allow foodies to dig into delicious, locally sourced dishes in one spot and meet the individuals behind the mobile businesses that have sparked a local street food revolution in Halifax.
Chavarie, who co-owns the Food Wolf truck, said customers often ask where they can find the mobile gourmet canteens.
“It’s exciting to help Haligonians find a one-stop shop,” she said.
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There will be six food trucks involved in the rally, including five from Halifax and one, Amby’s Eats, from New Glasgow, Chavarie said.
Another truck might make the trek from the Valley, she said.
Chavarie said the food truck rally concept has been successful in other North American centres.
Awes Truck, the largest food truck rally in North America, was recently held in rainy weather in Toronto.
Chavarie said it attracted more than 60 food trucks to historic Fort York, including participants from Quebec and the U.S.
“We’re hoping for better weather,” she said, adding that the rally will go on, rain or shine.
Chavarie said Halifax has really taken to the relatively new food truck concept and she credited the municipality and Waterfront Development for their support.
“Halifax has a really good appetite for experimenting with food,” she said.
The rally will take place during City Harvest, a celebration of community-minded businesses, hosted by I Love Local (HFX).
Waterfront Development will offer free parking at its waterfront lots on Oct. 5 and free entertainment at Sands at Salter and Queen’s Landing Market.