Hungry? Food trucks getting ready for Whitehorse summer

So far, five food trucks have been allocated spots in the downtown. Some popular vendors are returning, and new ones will be starting up.

From wood-fired pizza to vegan lunches, Yukoners will have some tasty street fare to tuck into this year

Lulu's Lunchtruck will be among the new downtown lunch options in Whitehorse this summer. (submitted by Katie Thom)

Food truck vendors in Whitehorse are preparing for the summer season and it looks like there will be at least a couple of new options this year for fans of downtown "street eats". 

The city has seven spots downtown for food trucks, in a few locations. So far, five vendors have been given spots. Two spots are still unclaimed.

"A little bit of a turnover this year," said Ben Campbell, a planner with the city. 

Some familiar options from last summer will be back. Others have not applied to return, such as vendors selling Indian and Thai food, as well as a grilled cheese truck.

But there are two new options in the works. 

The woodfire pizza oven inside the Ski Bum Pizza truck. (submitted by Tara Paczkowski)

The operators of Ski Bum Pizza are converting an old 1984 mail van they bought off Craigslist in Vancouver into a wood-fired pizza truck. They plan to have it parked downtown at 3rd and Steele.

"Right now we're just learning all about electricity and water pumps and how to how to maintain," said Ski Bum Pizza's Tara Paczkowski. 

As a newcomer, she expects the food truck business to be challenging, especially with Yukon's short summer season. But she's optimistic about starting her new venture.

"We'll be up and running in mid-May. We're just getting our permits through right now," she said. 

'Eclectic fare'

Katie Thom is also excited about starting a new business. It will be her first summer operating Lulu's Lunchtruck.

Katie Thom says she know the food truck industry can be challenging but she hopes to run her new truck for three seasons, to test out the market. (submitted by Katie Thom)

"My intention is to give it three seasons and see and see how it goes," she said.

Thom plans to start with lunches Wednesday to Friday in May and weekend brunch, then eventually open 7 days a week in July. 

"It's going to be an eclectic fare, there'll be five or six things. There will almost always be something that is gluten-friendly, vegan-friendly, vegetarian-friendly," she said.

Several popular food trucks are also returning this summer, including Garlic A Gogo, Sourdough Sadies, and Mark and Paddy's Funky Fine Foods. 

The city is still accepting applications for the two remaining vendor spots.


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