The start of spring also officially starts the season of food trucks in downtown Grand Rapids.
The spring and summer of 2017 brings a new program for food trucks to operate under in Grand Rapids. The pilot program not only expands inspection requirements, but it also allows food trucks to operate in additional areas of the city where they were not allowed to operate in before.
The following is a quick and handy guide as to where to find food trucks in downtown Grand Rapids.
In an attempt to revitalize Calder Plaza, trucks will be parked along Ottawa Avenue next to Calder Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday for what is now called Truckin’ Tuesdays.
Not only can you get food on Thursdays at Rosa Parks Circle from one of many food trucks, you can take in a free concert as well. For the third year, patrons can enjoy “Relax at Rosa”, the lunchtime concert series. You can get your food in front of the Grand Rapids Art Musuem between noon to 1:30 p.m.
A new event will be launching this year called “Friday Night Food Fight”. Trucks will compete for the most tasty food starting May 12 at the “Wedge lot” located at 22 Ottawa Ave. The event starts at 6Pm and goes to 11:45 pm. There will be up to seven trucks serving food to hungry Grand Rapidians.
Grand Rapids city officials have changed food truck rules this year, adding 21 new ones where food trucks can park and operate. The new rules are under a new pilot program being tested in 2017. Mobile food operators will be able to operate in specified areas of downtown Grand Rapids from 6am to 2:30pm, and other designated parks around the city from sunup to sundown.
A license is require from the city and vendors must be registerd with the city clerk’s office. They also need to obtain a food permit through the Kent County Health Dept before they are allowed to gain a permit to sell from their trucks.
In addition, food truck operators must attend fire safety training classes, and have their trucks inspected by the Grand Rapids Fire Dept. Let’s hope the pilot program is a success and food trucks are available all around the city during the spring and summer – just like large cities across the U.S.!.