By Sandra Thomas | The Vancouver Courier
Here’s a job I’d be happy to apply for.
On Monday night the park board approved a one-year trial to place food trucks in three locations. But before those vendors are chosen, the park board is going to host a tasting event with 15 judges.
The judges will be responsible for choosing which vendors get the green light to set up at the Bloedel Conservatory in Queen Elizabeth Park, Vanier Park or next to the information booth at the Georgia Street entrance to Stanley Park.
I wrote in this column last Wednesday that Vision Vancouver park board chair Constance Barnes is also anxious to try food trucks at playing fields, such as Andy Livingstone Park, which have no nearby food services or concessions and are open year-round. Barnes wants to ensure the look of each of the trucks fits within a park environment and offers healthy options at affordable prices.
According to a staff report presented to the park board Monday night, the locations were chosen because of their visibility, high foot or vehicle traffic and to minimize impact on food operations. The rent assigned to the trucks will be between $5,000 and $15,000. The report also notes introducing a food cart program in parks and near park board operated attractions was a recommendation included in the 2006 Concession Strategy Study.
I’ve already heard from readers happy with the idea and who suggest using social media such as Twitter and Facebook to give park-goers up-to-the-minute updates on menus and locations.