The Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association plans to host a series of rallies in downtown St. Pete that may spark a larger mobile kitchen following throughout the city.
Showcasing tacos, tater tots, popsicles and other eats, a 10-truck rally will happen Friday, Oct. 17, at the St. Petersburg Pier. It will continue each third Friday of the month, according to Maggie Loflin, the association’s vice president.
Another rally, expected to take place at Williams Park during lunchtime every first and third Wednesday, will rotate five food trucks regularly. The event’s still in development, with no launch date set. But Loflin said she wants it to debut as soon as possible.
Loflin, who dishes Mediterranean fusion from her Maggie on the Move truck, said she’s discussed food trucks with the city, everything from zoning regulations to rallies, for more than two years.
Though Loflin and others park outside USF St. Petersburg Wednesday afternoons and All Children’s Hospital every fourth Friday, she said it wasn’t until recently that city officials warmed up to restaurants-on-wheels operating in the downtown core, under certain conditions. The city’s co-sponsoring both upcoming rallies.
“It’s taken a very long time,” Loflin said. “Nobody seemed really excited about it.”