SALT LAKE CITY, UT – Food trucks along the Wasatch Front continue to roll along, with new offerings hitting the streets all the time.
No matter what you’re craving — Korean barbecue, Canadian poutine, Mexican-style fresh fruit or American grilled cheese — there’s something to satisfy a hunger for street food.
Chow Truck, Salt Lake City’s first food truck, arrived in 2010; since then, the field has grown. Today, 36 mobile food trucks are licensed to operate in Salt Lake City alone, said Jessica Thesing, the city’s economic development manager.
Maybe the best indicator of the popularity of food trucks is the Thursday Food Truck Rally at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake City. Every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., hundreds of people fill the street between 200 and 300 South to savor street-style foods.
It’s so popular, new food trucks that want to participate in the event sometimes find it difficult to get a spot.
Every week, 15 to 20 trucks apply for the seven available spaces, Thesing said. “We try to rotate them through, so that everyone gets a turn.”
But the competition is so fierce that some trucks don’t even bother to apply, opting instead to have weekly spots at area farmers markets or businesses near the airport, the University of Utah or industrial parks where food options are scarce.
The city ordinance that was developed in 2011 to govern mobile food vendors would allow for the creation of another “food court” somewhere else in the city, Thesing said. “But no one has come forward to do that yet.”
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