July may be an exciting turning point for the Toronto food truck scene. Just months after the city announced its disappointing rules on street vending (read about them here), food truck owners decided to take matters into their own hands with the announcement of not one, but two designated areas for trucks to regularly vend.
We all love a good fireworks display, but why watch from your apartment balcony, when you can be at the scene with a beer in one hand and a slider in the other and shakin’ it to a great local band?
To kick off the transition to Summer, I made a trip from Toronto to Houston for a weekend eating adventure and a hunt for great street food. Throughout the weekend, I saw a number of lone trucks parked in public parking lots, on streets and at the market, most of which sold authentic Mexican cuisine, but I was eager to check out one of Houston’s food truck parks near by my hotel.
First of all I should let you know that I am a bit biased here.
Not only do I love the subject of Jon Favreau’s latest movie Chef but I also adore the cast and every location that it is set in. Having spent the past four years as the host of Eat St. on Food Network Canada I have had the incredible pleasure of travelling to LA, Miami, Austin and New Orleans (to name a few) and meeting some of the top food truck chefs in North America. I have been at the front lines chronicling the food truck revolution and have witnessed it going from an urban trend to a red hot movement that has taken over the streets of virtually every city in North America. Food trucks are everywhere and Favreau totally captures every relevant aspect of why.
There is no shortage of foodie experiences to enjoy in Toronto. From rib fests, to food truck rallies, to charity food galas, and beer fairs. We, Torontonians, have a steady stream of #foodporn to keep our appetite for gastronomic adventure well satiated. Thankfully, these events are also well spread out throughout the year, meaning there are no long stretches of famine between feasts.