File photo Longhorn Southern BBQ owner Sebastian Oana pulls a brisket from the smoker in his trailer at Sylvan Lake last summer.

Sylvan Lake’s Food Truck Thursdays expands

First year of Food Truck Thursdays proved a big success.

Sylvan Lakers have an appetite for food trucks apparently.

The popular Thursday mobile food fest will be even bigger this year.

Council voted this week to expand the food truck site at 50th Street and 50A Street a little further west.

Last year, was the first year for Food Truck Thursdays and it caught on.

Sylvan Lake spokesperson Joanne Gaudet said about 200 surveys were filled out by mobile vendors, the public and local businesses to get their thoughts on the various mobile vendors which set up shop last summer.

“Food Truck Thursdays was far and away the most popular of subjects,” she said of the responses.

Among community suggestions was a bigger space with more room for picnic tables.

Gaudet said expanding west was not feasible last year because 50A Street was needed to access nearby businesses because of construction in the area.

“Now with Lakeshore Drive open we’re able to take a few extra feet into the intersection (on 50A Street).”

A food truck plaza at 5037 and 5039 50th Street will be dropped this year because it was not well used.

Another mobile vending plaza will be available at 5104 Lakeshore Drive, which is the former site of the Wild Rapids Waterslides, which were torn down last year.

The town envisions the location as a site for large fruit and vegetable vendors.

Some consideration was given to moving Food Truck Thursdays to the waterslide site but it was rejected.

“The whole underlying purpose of mobile vending and Food Truck Thursday was to attract foot traffic to the downtown.”

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