Food trucks have become a popular phenomenon in Tampa
and St. Petersburg, Florida
. Food trucks have a large following in and around downtown Tampa
the first rally was At Hyde Park Presbyterian Church created by Tampa Bay Food Trucks. The well attended event with 10 trucks caught the mayors attention and they have been supported by Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn
ever since who organizes a monthly food truck rally downtown.
Food trucks roll more variety into downtown Tampa lunch scene
November 3, 2011 Tampa Bay Times
There is also an evening of food trucks and short movies (Flicks and Food Trucks) between downtown and the Channelside District
. Food truck rallies drawing thousands of people have taken place in Seminole Heights
and South Tampa
. A regular food truck event is also held at the farmer's market in Odessa, Florida
with live music.
St. Petersburg followed suit at the end of 2011 with the city council moving to ease restrictions on their operation.
A "Food Truck Square" was established in 2012 at Monstah Lobstah (1901 Platt Street) for food truck offerings 7-days-a-week. On August 31, 2013, Tampa hosted the world's largest food truck rally with 99 food trucks attending. The previous record of 62 trucks was set in Miami, Florida. Tampa broke its own record with 121 food trucks at a rally in March 2014.
Food trucks in downtown Tampa have included Burger Culture, Not Your Ordinary food truck (NYOFoodTruck), Michelle Faedo, Killer Samich, La Creperia Café, Maggie on the Move, Stinky Bunz, O'Macalicious, 3suns Organic, Mobile Munchiez, The Cuppin Cake, Taco Bus
, Fat Tortillas, Jerk Hut, Coconut Bo's, Nelly Nel's, Fire Monkey, Gone Bananas and Wicked 'Witches.
[Food truck rally today in downtown Tampa]
Food trucks are also a fixture at special events and concerts. Critics point to the competition the trucks create for existing restaurants.
* Food truck
* List of food trucks
Mobile Food Vehicle
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