Food Trucks Gaining Popularity in Albany Area
On Saturday the Schenectady Gazette published a story about the recent growth of food trucks in the Albany area. We can’t say we’re surprised, as people want excellent food and a unique experience to go with it. That’s why we’re putting together food truck festivals – to celebrate this food niche!
The Gazette article cited several food truck operators in the area, including one of our favorites Wandering Dago (who will also be at Food Truck Festival on May 4th in Troy) who are set up in Schenectady. Wandering Dago mentioned a point that a lot of the other trucks interviewed brought up – the patchwork quilt of regulations between different cities in the area. Many of the rules were drafted in the 1970s and make no sense for the modern era.
There was also a peek behind the curtain of the food truck business – mainly on the expense side. Operating a food truck takes a lot of money. Eat Good Food’s truck cost them $25,000 but according to the article, they also spent $20,000 on the the truck in maintenance and repairs alone last year. John Travis, (who owns Eat Good Food and will be at the May 4th festival) when asked about the the biggest challenge for a food truck in the Albany area is said:
“The largest one right now in this area is the fact that we’re kind of viewed as being pariahs,” he said. “In communities, among other business people, it’s not an accepted practice in this region.”
Slidin’ Dirty, who will also be participating on May 4th, is usually found selling gourmet sliders in Troy was happy that the City of Troy has designated an area for food trucks in River Front Park, which is also where we are holding our festival.
Part of the reason we’re holding a festival is to build awareness about an underground movement of food in the Albany area that we already know is awesome. Another reason? We love good food and good food deserves to be eaten. Food Truck Festival is free to get in, and each truck will set special prices for the day. We hope to see you there!