By Jon Beale

Food truck in Toronto.

Food trucks are one of the fastest growing sectors of the restaurant industry in the U.S. economy. Long considered the domain of hot dogs and ice cream carts, a new wave of mobile food has taken North America by storm in the form of chicken tikka masala burritos, short rib empanadas, and crème brûlèe. With sales in the U.S. of nearly $700 million in 2013 (representing 1% of sales in the U.S. restaurant industry), food trucks are projected to quadruple their economic impacts to $2.7 billion by 2017.

A recent workshop hosted by the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance explored the story and impacts of food trucks in Canada. The workshop brought together economic development professionals, city planners, by-law managers (and more) from across Ontario to share their experiences with food trucks and to learn some of the best practices to help foster a food truck friendly community. Read the full blog post