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Food trucks allowed at 5 Toronto parks under pilot project

A food truck at Toronto's Nuit Blanche. CITYNEWS/Showwei Chu

Food trucks will be allowed to sell their eats in a handful of Toronto city parks beginning Aug. 2 under a pilot project, two city councillors say.

Councillors Josh Colle and Mary-Margaret McMahon launched the project at Nathan Phillips Square on Thursday.

For two months, participating food trucks will be allowed to operate in five parks: Woodbine Park, Sherbourne Common, Roundhouse Park, Canoe Landing and Allan Gardens.

Some participating truck vendors include: The Feisty Jack, Urban Smoke Fusion BBQ, Stuft Gourmet Sausages, Caplansky’s, Gourmet Gringos, Beach Boys Food Truck, The Food Dudes, Pretty Sweet Bakery, Gourmet B1tches, Bestia, Crossroads Diner, Hogtown Smoke, Choco-Churros, Tiny Tom Donuts and Localista.

Colle and McMahon say they have been pushing the municipal licensing and standards committee to cut the red tape surrounding food trucks, which have been restricted to selling food in private parking lots and at events.

They often face large rental or participant fees, in addition to their City of Toronto permit, which does not allow them to sell food on city property, the councillors said in a release on Wednesday.

“It is exciting that the City is taking these long overdue steps to support small businesses and entrepreneurs and to give residents the diverse food options that they clearly want,” Colle said in the release.

McMahon said she’s hopeful the pilot will “evolve” into a more permanent program.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated the start date of the pilot program.