In our quest to keep our readers up to date with the latest stories relating to the food truck industry has compiled a list of the stories that hit the wire this weekend from Boston, Orange County, Buffalo, Wichita and Nashville.

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October 5

For food truck festival organizers, the events are high-gear affairs – Boston, MA – Wrapped in a black-and-white checkered fleece blanket, Anne-Marie Aigner zoomed around in her golf cart at Suffolk Downs in the early hours of a recent Saturday, barking orders at everyone and everything — including the threatening sky.

“You will cooperate,” Aigner scolded as she glanced at the gray, misting clouds.

She had been up up since 4:30 a.m., attending to the many details involved in pulling off the latest Food Truck Festivals of New England event. Aigner launched the start-up last year with her partner, Janet Prensky, and says three decades of event-planning didn’t prepare them for the complexities of food truck feasts. It’s like creating a giant gourmet food court on wheels, with too many cooks in too-small kitchens and hungry customers with seemingly insatiable appetites.

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Food trucks are fundraisers for some O.C. schools – Orange County, CA – San Clemente High School invites the public to ‘Food Truck Mondays’ on campus to help fund the music program. Canyon High in Anaheim and Foothill High in Santa Ana have similar events, and Trabuco Hills in Mission Viejo will soon.

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October 6

Food Truck Contest Rolls On – Buffalo, NY – A local food truck competition that was at risk of being cancelled turned out to be a great success Saturday.

At first, Buffalo’s Best Food Truck contest was in jeopardy because vendors didn’t get proper permits, according to Amherst Town law.

Besides the grub, the food contest was set up to help Buffalo’s City Mission, a well-known charity that helps families in need with some of the basics, like food and shelter. This benefit could’ve been cancelled if it wasn’t for a Boulevard Mall business stepping up.

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Food Trucks Roll into Wichita – Wichita, KS – It’s an idea gaining popularity across the nation: Taking a restaurant, putting it on four wheels – and making it mobile. Now, the food truck craze is rolling into Wichita.

Summer Schoenhals has always wanted to own her own restaurant. “I’m passionate about it. This is what we want to do,” Summer said. When finances ran short, inspiration from a TV show gave her the idea to start a food truck.

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October 7

Vanderbilt brings food trucks to Greek Row – Nashville, TN – Food trucks have staked out a permanent place right next to Greek Row, and just in time for Family Weekend, but what a long, strange trip it’s been to get there.

Vanderbilt Student Government partnered with event management company Wanderland Urban Food Park on an initiative that will bring Nashville food trucks to the corner of Vanderbilt Place and 24th Avenue starting this weekend. The space has been initially scheduled for two four-hour shifts on Friday night from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. and then three shifts on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.

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