In a step toward clearing red tape that restricts where they can operate, the city of Toronto will allow food trucks to do business in five city parks in a pilot project that continues through to fall.

Food trucks are currently only allowed to operate in private parking lots or at special events, where they often face fees. Food trucks are currently not allowed to sell food on city property.

Coun. Mary-Margaret McMahon says she's been frustrated by the city's unwillingness to loosen restrictions on where the trucks can operate.

"It's highly frustrating, I've been to Vancouver I've seen the trucks work out there side-by-side with restaurants," she said. "Every other city is doing it, why aren't we?"

Kevin Fraser, who owns Hogtown Smoke, called the pilot project "a step in the right direction."

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Food trucks will be allowed to operate at the following five parks:

  • Woodbine Park.
  • Roundhouse Park.
  • Canoe Landing.
  • Sherbourne Commons.
  • Allan Gardens.

Some of the participating truck vendors include:

  • The Feisty Jack.
  • Urban Smoke BBQ.
  • Stuft Gourmet Sausages.
  • Caplansky's.
  • Gourmet Gringos.
  • Beach Boys.
  • The Food Dudes.
  • Pretty Sweet Bakery.
  • Gourmet B1tches.
  • Bestia.
  • Crossroads Diner.
  • Hogtown Smoke.
  • Choco Churros.
  • Tiny Tom Donuts.
  • Localista.