Changes to the way food is sold outdoors in Guelph was approved last July by City Council. These changes allow more food trucks to set up shop in various parts of the city. However, there is still some restrictions to operating them in the downtown area. Right now they only allowed to operate with a “special event” permit. The only exception to that is in front of the Guelph Farmers’ Market during regular market hours.
Starting this June, however, two pilot projects will be setting up in Downtown Guelph to see if food trucks will draw more people into the downtown core.
Starting on Friday June 3rd and every Friday until July 22, Two Food Trucks will set up in St. George’s Square for the Noon Hour concert series. 5 food trucks will be there for the the first concert on June 3rd.
The other locations for food trucks will be along Wyndham Street North (just south of Woolwich Street, on the west side) where three food truck spaces will be available.
The second location will be along Surrey Street East at Wyndham Street where two food truck spaces will be available.
The city and Downtown Board will be monitoring the number of people who visit the food trucks to determine if they will continue to operate in downtown Guelph beyond this trial period this summer.
Food Trucks information and how to book a space can be found on the City website.
Every Wednesday starting June 8, there will be food trucks in the area for a weekly charity rally at Guelph’s Priory Park Baptist Church at 8 Torch Lane from 5:00 p.m.to 8:00 p.m.
The first annual Guelph’s BIG Downtown Food Truck Picnic in support of Big Brothers’ Big Sisters’ Guelph will be located in Exhibition Park on Sunday May 29th from 11:30am until 7:30pm. There will be 8 food trucks available at this event.
The City of Guelph is holding an Open House on May 17th seeking input on Food Trucks in the City. You can find more information about this event here.