First Food Truck Rally Comes to St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - The food trucks are coming. Nearly a month after a miscommunication between city officials and community organizers threatened to keep food trucks out of St. Petersburg, they are about to hurl in for a city’s initial convene Saturday.


About 20 epicurean food trucks, a drum circle, and a preference of booze and qualification beers will be featured from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. during Value Fair Market, during 3951 34th St. S.

And that’s usually a beginning.

Pinellas County will see a convene each Saturday for a subsequent 3 weeks: dual in St. Petersburg, on Saturday and Dec. 17, and one in Tarpon Springs on Dec. 10.

The convene Dec. 17 is designed during First Unity Church.

Value Fair Market, a small-business collective, hopes to reason rallies each 4 months by 2012.

“We couldn’t be some-more excited,” pronounced convene organizer and food blogger Todd Sturtz, who has helped harmonise rallies in Tampa and Largo. “It’s good that we’re finally relocating in a certain direction.”

In line with a host’s mission, a convene Saturday will stress internal vendors, Sturtz said. There will be about 20 vendors widespread out over an hactare of grass, indoor seating and qualification vendors.

And there will be beer. Craft beer.

“We were told a foodies go for a workman beers, not only Bud Light,” pronounced Value Fair Market manager Julie Johnson. “So that’s what we’ll have. We’re doing this for them, for a community.”

Johnson and Sturtz pronounced they wish bringing a food convene to St. Petersburg will rivet a village that, until now, has been close out of a food lorry craze.

Although Tampa has embraced a food lorry materialisation with open arms — Mayor Bob Buckhorn will horde his second downtown Food Truck Fiesta subsequent week — Pinellas County has lagged behind.

Largo hold a county’s initial food lorry convene on Nov. 19, dual months after Tampa’s initial convene in Hyde Park captivated thousands and jump-started Tampa Bay’s food lorry scene.

“It immediately got a ton of courtesy and people wanting more,” Sturtz said.

But a highway to food lorry rallies in St. Petersburg wasn’t as easy.

Organizers’ initial attempts to settle a convene in St. Petersburg were stopped brief when officials told First Unity Church of St. Petersburg what it wanted was a defilement of city code.

Turns out all a church indispensable was a special-event permit, like a form indispensable to put on carnivals or festivals.

Find a whole essay by a St. Petersburg Times here

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