Food Truck Pilot Starts July 1

Summer Update from Mayor Haynes

Hello fellow Spotlight readers! You may have heard the exciting news that food trucks are coming to a park near you very soon!

In April, Council approved a Food Truck Pilot Program to go forward in three Saanich Parks this summer – Cadboro-Gyro Park, Beckwith Park, and Gorge Waterway Park.

Starting July 1 and for the following 10 weeks, both Beckwith and Cadboro-Gyro Parks will have two food truck spots, and the Gorge Waterway Park will have one. If you miss a week, don’t worry! The vendors will rotate, and have one week at each spot. This way, you can just meet them at the next park the following week!

The vendor list for the pilot program was randomly drawn at the end of May. They provide a wide range of choices. The 10 primary vendors taking part in this exciting pilot program include To Go Food Service, Puerto Vallarta Amigos, Holy Cow Mini Donuts, Freshcoast Health Food Bar, Spice Aid – Operation BBQ, Cup-a-Roni, Quadra Village Community Centre Food Truck, Elements Ice Cream, Sub-Zero Ice Cream, and Candytime Concession. Wow, can you believe such a great variety of participants? I am sure they will draw lots of interest.

If you have concerns about the three participating parks, we have you covered. Parks staff will work hard to ensure the success of the pilot program, including performing garbage/recycling checks of the area, and encouraging vendors to use recyclable and compostable materials whenever possible. The vendors are responsible for supplying their own garbage and recycling bins and disposal.

You will be able to find the food truck location schedule and more here. Check back often. It will be updated weekly.

But wait, there is more. In addition to the pilot program in our parks, food trucks will also be available at other locations in Saanich. Try out the “Hallabaloo” Coffee and Ice Cream food truck at the Red Barn grocery store on West Saanich. This innovative approach enabled a simple extension of the Red Barn’s business licence into the car park area.

Can’t wait to see you there!
Mayor Fred Haynes

Read the full edition of the Saanich Spotlight here.

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