Pandemic shifts food truck industry into parking gear

While brick-and-mortar restaurants are hitting the road to get orders to customers, the local food truck industry has been all but parked for the season.

April is usually when Dora Gwendo would be plotting her summer schedule and preparing her truck for its annual inspection. She and her husband started Simba Safari Grill, an African-inspired food truck, in 2014 and normally work six or seven fairs and festivals a season. This year, however, the list of opportunities is dwindling.

“It looks like it’s going to be a quiet summer,” Gwendo said.

Nearly every major summer event in Manitoba has been cancelled or postponed to limit the spread of coronavirus, and the impact has been devastating for food truck operators who rely on large crowds to turn a profit.

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