By: Megan Pasche

Food trucks have evolved way beyond French fry and hot dog stands; nowadays they are equivalent to gourmet restaurants, just with wheels attached. Really, one of the only differences between a traditional restaurant and a gourmet food truck is the fact that a food truck doesn’t have washrooms or seating. But then, that’s the beauty of them. Delicious food is served in an outdoor setting, and people can sit down on a park bench or on some green grass and enjoy. It is just another way of sharing experiences around food.

The food truck movement only continues to grow: more and more trucks are continuing to pop up, and every type of food imaginable is represented. The popularity of events such as Food Truck Eats, which is held in various locations over the summer, including a recent stop at Peller Estates in Niagara-on-the-Lake, goes to show that this food truck craze is here for the long haul.

Street food has always been a part of the North American dining scene. From chuck wagons feeding cattlemen traveling the dusty American West, to portable hot dog and ice cream trucks, a variation of the food truck has been around since the 1860’s, it’s just been continuously evolving. The recent explosion of food trucks can be attributed to a number of a different factors, including a down economy making operating a food truck more financially feasible than operating an entire restaurant. Social media is responsible for helping food trucks grow in popularity, as most use Facebook and Twitter to post up to the minute updates on where they will be located, and of course what is on the menu for the day. And perhaps the best feature: food trucks are able to go where the people are, as opposed to waiting for people to find them.

Finding the Food

Niagara is home to several food trucks that regularly park themselves on our city streets, at wineries and at many other festivals and special events throughout the year….it’s all well and good to read all about delicious food, but how do you get your hands on it? Read on for a listing of some of the places you will be able to find food trucks this summer season! It’s also good to check out the Facebook pages or Twitter feeds of the individual trucks to see where and what they are serving up.

Supper Market

The Market has been running for seven years, but the most recent innovative additions include a weekly Supper Market Series, which features a whole lot of good food. The Supper Market happens on Wednesday evenings from 5pm to 9pm and runs from the last week of May until mid September. This weekly event not only features tons of yummy local produce, but food trucks, prepared food, oysters, cheese, artisans and live music every single week. Just some of the vendors that appear weekly include El Gastronomo Vagabundo, The Yellow Pear, Hometown Ice Cream, Lovin’ From the Oven, The Tide and Vine Oyster Company and Itty Bitty Pie Company. There is an endless amount of delicious, mouth watering choices.

The Market’s At The Village, is located at 111 Garrison Village Drive in Niagara-on-the-Lake (at the corner of Niagara Stone Road and Niven Road) More info on the markets is available on their website at http://www.farmersmarketatthevillage.com

Earth and Sky Music Market

@Chateau Des Charmes (1025 York Rd, St. David’s)
Taking place June 30, August 4, September 1st
Enjoy not only great food trucks, but music, crafts and wine too.

Food Truck in the Vineyard
June 21, July 19, August 23, September 20
Each day will feature a different food truck, and the events take place from 2pm to 7pm. Trucks in order of appearance are: Southern Smoke Truck, Tony’s Corner StrEATery and Bistro Tour. Coyote’s Run is located at485 Concession 5, Niagara-on-the-Lake. More info at coyotesrunwinery.com

Food Truck Links

Check out each food trucks individual websites to see where they’ll be every day:

El Gastronomo Vagabundo

http://elgastro.com

Tide and Vine

www.tideandvine.com

Avella’s Wood Fired Oven

www.avellas.ca

Canuck Pizza Truck

www.canuckpizzatruck.ca

Itty Bitty Pie Company

http://www.ittybittypie.com/

The Yellow Pear

http://www.farmtotruck.ca/home.html