By Caitlin Switzer
MONTROSE—(April n1, 2014) Colorado is known for many things…including some of the world’s greatest food trucks. Now, a citizen committee in Montrose is hoping to share what makes this state one of the tastiest in the U.S., with a Montrose Road Food Rodeo scheduled for June 5, 2015.
City and DDA officials have already expressed support for the 2015 food truck convention, which is being spearheaded by Jody Holland of Affordable Inns.
“I am really excited about doing this!” Holland said. “I want to really engage our whole community, and make it fun and rewarding for everybody involved.”
The committee hopes to draw food trucks from across the Western Slope, Front Range, and neighboring Western States. The committee is tentatively planning to add an element of “junk in the trunk” as well, with local vintage and junk vendors included to add shopping diversity to the event. For now, the main thing is to hear from as many interested locals as possible, and the committee is reaching out to those who have proven expertise in the field.
“I spoke with my friend Jan France, executive director of America’s Disaster Relief about the needs of food truck vendors,” committee member and entertainment coordinator Yvonne Meek said. “ADF was originally based in Montrose and would travel and provide support to communities needing disaster relief. She also participated with Main in Motion as one of the vendors during my time organizing. ADF is now based in Florida, but Jan occasionally makes it up to Montrose. She provided a list of pointers for us that will help in meeting the needs of vendors, consumers, and the county and city requirements.”
Also assisting with logistics as a committee member is Tammy Blennis, former owner and operator of the popular Montrose food cart, Tamale Trolley. New volunteers are invited to join the team, which is scheduled to meet once again at noon at Affordable Inns (1480 South Townsend Ave.) on April 16.
According to research compiled by committee member Amy Harmsen, successful food truck conventions are held in many other communities across the U.S., including “Street Eats” in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the “Columbus Food Truck Festival” in Columbus, Ohio. Harmsen hopes to be able to bring one of the Oscar Meyer Wienermobile vehicles to town for the event.