Calgary Street-Food Program a Success

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CALGARY — Calgary’s food truck pilot program is continuing to gain steam.

The city has partnered with various business revitalization zones (BRZs) as several vendors and street-food fans are collaborating to recognize the genre as an industry.

The first phase of the three-part pilot was launched in 2011, with the final phase now underway. The program began with 10 street food vendors last summer and is expected to grow to 30.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is pleased with the pilot program and sees no evidence it’s eating into the profits of nearby eateries. “It really just goes to show how food trucks are filling a particular niche as opposed to competing with existing restaurants,” he’s quoted as saying by the CBC News. He added: “There’s a market there, and we were able to help that market work.”

Calgary’s food truck pilot program wraps at the end of October. The city is still deciding what guidelines to implement if the trucks become a mainstay on the city’s streets. In the meantime, the city has vendor tips and information about launching a street-food business at calgary.ca.

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