Sacramento Magazine reported this month that the state’s capitol may soon become home to the gourmet food truck sensation that’s sweeping across the country, as a media stampede and popular Food Network series reach millions of people every day. Recently, SactoMoFo (Sacramento’s first mobile food festival) hosted an event at Fremont Park, attracting more than 10,000 people, as well as the attention of Sacramento City Council.
A city ordinance in Sacramento requires food trucks to move every 30 minutes, making it impossible to operate on the street. A handful of trucks currently operate outside the city in the unincorporated areas or in private parking lots.
Sacmag.com also reported that another group of these mobile gourmands has begun operating outside city limits on Thursday nights. Local restaurants and food truck operators have also begun talks to open the streets, allowing food truck chefs to serve curbside, without impeding on the restaurant business. The national food truck buzz, and booming popularity in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco along with an obvious increasing demand locally has earned the attention of Sacramento City Council.
The local food movement is moving in a very positive direction in Sacramento, but expectations are still conservative. The doors are open and people are listening – these are the first steps to a mutually beneficial arrangement, and with a little cooperation from both sides, we can expect to see this limiting ordinance changed.