Food truck rodeos rolling into Chesapeake soon

Posted at 7:00 PM, Apr 15, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-15 19:00:02-04

Chesapeake, Va. - Food trucks will soon be serving up quick and tasty food to folks in the Great Bridge area of Chesapeake.

It's something the City of Norfolk began doing downtown last year.

But in Chesapeake, city officials didn't come up with the idea.

Instead, the Great Bridge Battlefied and Waterways History Foundation (GBB&WHF) decided to use food trucks to help fund a project.

"This is a great spot for it. It's very family friendly around here and I think the food trucks would be a great, great benefit," says local caterer, Kim Prosser.

Unlike Norfolk, the food trucks won't be picked from a lottery system.

The nonprofit's executive director says they're working with a local group, Eat The Streets 757, to bring  different vendors to Battlefield Park every first and third Wednesday of the month from 4 p.m. to dusk.

Food Truck Hump Days begin this Wednesday, April 16th, and run through October 15th.

"I think there are 21 or 22 [vendors] in the group and they come from Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Norfolk - from all over the area and they bring out different types of food," says the foundation’s executive director, Lin Olsen.

Olsen says 10% of the profits will go towards raising another million dollars needed to start construction of an historic park and visitor center at Battlefield Park.

While city officials tell NewsChannel 3 they have no plans to bring food trucks to Chesapeake permanently, Olsen says food truck rodeos may become part of a yearly event for them if successful this go around.

If officials see that success, Prosser hopes they’ll reconsider bringing food trucks to more areas of the city.

"It brings people more into the city or the area where they're at, maybe they'll see your business and then patronize it.”