By Graham Lewis | Metro Ottawa
New food trucks and carts have proved a wild success in Ottawa on the first day offering up their eats as 525 bracelets to get samples at the Street Food Showcase sold out and large lines snaked around the lawn of city hall.
“I was kind of like ‘oh my god!’” said Hana Jung, of the line that formed in front of her authentic Korean food cart Roan Kitchen. “I heard that serving starts at 12, but the lineup was already huge at 11:30. It was amazing.”
At $10 a pop, the bracelets brought in $5,250 for the Shepherds of Good Hope. Stall owner Matt Hines of the Urban Cowboy, worked at a breakneck pace throwing ingredients together, for his Belcher Burgers, made of marinated pulled pork, red onions and a pickle, as a hungry line waited.
“I’m very proud to say Ottawa is now a leader in terms of the food truck revolution,” said the event’s special guest Food Network’s Eat St. host James Cunningham. “In Canada, unfortunately, most of our cities have suffered from the fact that food trucks are a seasonal business and I think that a lot of municipalities have not understood how the economic impact food trucks can have on the local economy.”
Cunningham noted that many of the vendors served from makeshift kiosks since the demand for food trucks and carts is to high that manufacturers are working through backorders.
“Ours was supposed to be done for May 1,” said Miriam Burke, who hopes to open her mobile seafood stall Ad Mare with her husband Mario at the end of the month. “We have our fingers crossed.”