Food Truck Wars coming to region

EAST CENTRAL — Vendors are coming up with new strategies to make up for the loss of fairground customers, by bringing the fair food to the people.

Food Truck Wars will involve about 10 food trucks travelling to various communities in the region.

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“Food trucks are very hot right now, they’re a trending business,” said Dale Belair, co-owner of foodtruckwars.ca.

“I’ve been in the carnival business all my life, we sell and import trade show novelties and things. People are looking for their fair food fix, people want to go out and they want to go to a food truck.”

Belair said while there is a big food truck festival in B.C., there is no such event for rural Saskatchewan.

“Why not smaller areas in Saskatchewan, because people may not be able to a larger centre, and we can find venues that we can work with,” he said.

“You’re going to get your fair food fix, that’s what it is. There’s going to be all the favourite fair foods and sort of things. We’re not going to be replacing the full fair experience, but you know what? There’s going to be some other trade show vendors there and different types of food they wouldn’t get this summer because there’s no exhibitions or fairs anywhere.”

Belair said the initiative has been approved through the provincial government’s business response team, and is categorized as a farmers market.

Social distancing will be required.

“People will be coming in through an area, they will be directed past the trucks and past the vendors, and they can shop and choose what they like.”

The Food Truck Wars will be at the Tisdale Town Square on July 18 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 19 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

They will be at the Carrot River Town Square on July 25 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and July 26 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Melfort Exhibition Grounds from Aug. 1 to 2.

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