Ottawa, CAN: Ottawans Flock to Food Truck Rally

Lisa Danay, left, shows off her Uttapam platter she picked up from food vendor Dosa Inc., while her friend Taylor Akin gets ready to try out her masala dosa. Hundreds turned out for Ottawa first Food Truck Rally in Little Italy Saturday, where 11 vendors put their tastiest treats on display

By Michael Aubry  |  Ottawa Sun

Lisa Danay, left, shows off her Uttapam platter she picked up from food vendor Dosa Inc., while her friend Taylor Akin gets ready to try out her masala dosa. Hundreds turned out for Ottawa first Food Truck Rally in Little Italy Saturday, where 11 vendors put their tastiest treats on display
Lisa Danay, left, shows off her Uttapam platter she picked up from food vendor Dosa Inc., while her friend Taylor Akin gets ready to try out her masala dosa. Hundreds turned out for Ottawa first Food Truck Rally in Little Italy Saturday, where 11 vendors put their tastiest treats on display

Lisa Danay got a free grammar lesson along with some great food to satisfy her taste buds Saturday afternoon.

She got to try — and spell — an uttapam for the first time.

“It’s just delicious,” she said, clearly eager to dive in.

The crepe-like pastry has toppings cooked right into the batter and was a hot item at Dosa Inc., a food vendor on display at Ottawa’s first Food Truck Rally in Little Italy.

The event brings together some of the most unique and appetizing new food vendors that have set up shop in Ottawa this year.

With 20 new vendors making their homes across the city, the rally is a great way to get their name out and convert food lovers to their cause.

“It was just wild for us,” said Matt Hinds, who owns the Urban Cowboy food truck. “We were totally prepared and we did massive, massive volume.”

They were completely sold out of their brisket in just an hour and a half, despite bringing enough to feed a small army, but they served seasonal soups throughout the rest of the afternoon.

“It’s a way to promote the truck and the industry and this is just kind of fun for us too,” he said.

In 2012, the City of Ottawa approved a new food vendor program that encourages culturally diverse and seasonal delicacies to be served up on Ottawa street corners.

With 17 new food trucks entering the market this year, there are now more than 60 vendors across the city.

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