The Foodtruck Wars Avenue Competition is coming again this summer time to serve up quite a lot of culinary selections Saskatoon has to supply — all parked collectively for folks to take pleasure in.
Imply Inexperienced Ice Cream Machine proprietor Rob Hodgins hasn’t all the time been within the enterprise of cellular frozen sweets.
“For the previous 40 years, I’ve been an leisure agent in Saskatoon and in Saskatchewan. That has actually been my principal profession,” Hodgins stated.
“My daughter had purchased an ice cream store on Broadway (Avenue). It doesn’t exist anymore … And her life turned extra concerned with a job and a husband and I used to be in search of summer time work so I took over the ice cream store after which it has since morphed into this ice cream truck.
“That is my sixth yr within the meals truck enterprise.”
Hodgins stated it was “robust” for his seasonal enterprise final summer time with the impression of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I had a spot that I went to on daily basis over at Avenue P and eleventh. The gals at Diane’s Kitchen there have been type sufficient to let me park on their car parking zone. And I serviced the folks of the Vacation Park space and naturally, anyone else who’s driving by,” he stated.
“But it surely was the entire non-public occasions had been just about shut down. All the general public particular occasions like Foodtruck Wars or Fringe or any of these had been all shut down. So it was a really quiet yr.
“For some vans, the final yr and a half has been actually onerous. Most people, I might say, within the meals truck business produce other jobs which are their principal supply of earnings. And so, they acquired by way of with that different work however as for the meals truck, it was very slim.”
With the competition returning and transferring areas this summer time, Hodgins is optimistic.
“It feels nice … That is my first actually massive form of festival-type occasion,” he stated.
“We’re nonetheless exercising warning to the extent that it appears applicable, however we’re fairly excited to be again. This can be a very extroverted type of group of individuals, each the truck homeowners and the people who come out to the occasion. So to be locked up for a yr and a half was a problem for lots of people.
“Sutherland Curling Membership is the place we began after which the folks in cost moved it to Riversdale and that was run in there. And now they’ve chosen to step it up once more and go downtown. So we’ll see what occurs downtown.”
Organizers beforehand introduced the seventh Foodtruck Wars Avenue Competition will probably be held on 4th Avenue between twenty second and twenty third streets and twenty third Avenue between third and 4th avenues.
“Security for our patrons was a serious concern for us, so we determined to run a scaled-down model this yr. Sadly, there will probably be no competitions and restricted leisure, however now we have an incredible lineup of meals distributors, craft market distributors, and loads of desk seating,” learn a Foodtruck Wars Fb submit.
“Our full competition will return in 2022.”
The 2021 competition will probably be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and runs Thursday by way of Saturday.
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