Saskatoon enjoying arrival of food trucks
July 28 2014
Food trucks have become an ever-increasing feature in streets across major Canadian cities and Saskatoon is the latest to witness their arrival.
Sierra McCaan, who owns the Scout Mex Hall food truck, told CBC News that she has received nothing but praise for the quality of food she sells and that local residents have embraced this new addition to their culinary options.
"People have been pretty stoked on it. I haven't gotten any negative feedback. I was worried that the menu - I wanted it to be like adventurous and open to different diets, but not too crazy that people didn't want to approach the food truck," she stated.
Ms McCaan revealed that Canada was slow to embrace the street food culture that has swept other nations and that Saskatoon was even further behind. However, things are now changing for the better and the trend looks set to continue.
Jonathan Davo and Mariana Gonzalez, customers of the Scout Mex Hall, said that street food is a big part of the food culture in their native Mexico and welcomed the arrival of food trucks in Saskatoon.
The arrival of ever more food trucks has stoked fears that rival companies could become hostile to one another as they compete for the same customers but Maile Crowe and Danica Slattery, co-owners of Thrive Juice Co, told the news provider that relations between everyone remain cordial.
One area of concern they did highlight, however, is the number of city bylaws dictating where food trucks can be set up, stating that fewer restrictions would allow different owners to park next to each other, put out tables and chairs and make the whole thing more of an all-round experience.
While the owners and local residents are pleased to see their eating-out options grow, the arrival of food trucks has not pleased everyone.
Officials in Rothesay are trying to change laws that would prevent food trucks from operating in the town, with mayor Bill Bishop saying he and local residents do not want to embrace the street food craze seen in other parts of the country.
Mobile food vendors have also attracted criticism from brick-and-mortar eateries who claim that food trucks enjoy an unfair advantage over the fact that they do not have to pay taxes.