Off the back of the successful Street Eats program in Maitland in February, March and April, Council has endorsed a new policy to establish a clear direction and guidelines for mobile food vending across the city.
The new Street Eats Program allows for two types of trading locations, individual street trading and cluster site trading. The cluster sites will host Get Togethers featuring multiple trucks and other entertainment, allowing residents to sample a range of food styles. They will be held in the evenings and at different locations around Maitland.
Council’s Place Activation Officer Amber Herrmann says, ‘The Street Eats Pilot Program has enabled Council to greater understand the potential for place activation in the form of mobile food trucks.
‘All of our operators were extremely happy with how they went and the Get Togethers in places like Morpeth, Lorn, East Maitland and Maitland Regional Art Gallery drew big crowds. It was particularly good to see families out enjoying our open spaces around the city.’
Council is now seeking food truck operators to participate in the Winter 2017 Get Together program running until October. There are currently Get Togethers planned for the Lorn Riverbank on Sunday 27 August and Queens Wharf in Morpeth on Saturday 30 September.
The newly adopted Local Approvals Policy Mobile Food Vending Vehicles in Public Places supports the operation of mobile food vending vehicles to enable positive activation of its public spaces. It identifies specific locations, permitted days and times, approval types and conditions for operation of mobile food vending vehicles on approved roads and public places.
For more information about Street Eats go to maitland.nsw.gov.au/street-eats