WILLIAMSBURG, VA – As food trucks and street food become staples of music and beer festivals across Virginia, food truck operators say they’re finding more barriers to operating in the City of Williamsburg than surrounding localities.
The Big Bluesy, a two day music festival, was slated to host food trucks at the Shops at High Street before festival organizer Steve Rose reached out to the city to make sure the land use was legal for the Nov. 4 – 5 event.
It wasn’t, according to emails between Rose and city officials. Food trucks cannot operate on most private property in the city.
Rose said the city informed him that any changes in regulation wouldn’t come in time for the festival.
“They said it’s not going to be in time,” Rose said.
Currently, the city’s zoning ordinance allows for food trucks to operate on private property only in a special hospitality district created by city councilors in October 2016.
“If they’ve come to the conclusion that food trucks aren’t necessary anywhere but that small corridor, they won’t have food trucks,” said Jon Wade, owner of the Offbeat Eats food truck.
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