Between Friday and Sunday, no less than five food festivals will be going on all around Birmingham, offering everything from grape leaves to gumbo, food truck fare to Italian cuisine.
It’s a crazy three days for the food trucks in Birmingham, and even better for the fans of the trucks.
Another food truck hit the streets, one of Birmingham’s rising-star chefs moved away, and the Alabama tourism folks crowned a new state barbecue king.
This week, the Birmingham City Council passed an ordinance that establishes a general operating permit fee for food trucks, creates “food zones” where trucks can set up, requires that the trucks be parked at least 150 feet from existing restaurants, and limits the hours of truck operation from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with some exceptions.
The issue of how to regulate Birmingham’s growing food truck scene has been simmering at Birmingham City Hall since July 2012, when some restaurants complained the trucks and push carts were taking away their business.
Organizers have worked to improve on last year’s festival by increasing participation and blocking off 1st Avenue South. Many vendors have backup plans for when food inevitably dwindles
The food trucks are rolling back into Railroad Park on Sunday for the second Trucks by the Tracks festival.
The idea of a food truck is popular in Birmingham, especially for the middle-of-the-day, lunch crowd.
Food truck Fresh Off the Bun is one of the tenants slated to lease space in the Tillman-Levenson Annex Building near Railroad Park, owner Brad Wardlaw told me today.
According to the self-described “cheesy chicks,” it is the cornerstone in the partnership between Pizitz, a certified matchmaker with experience in her family’s frozen-yogurt business; and Reis, who co-founded and helped run the restaurants Ocean and 26 for 10 years