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Food truck festival planned to help Kamloops therapy horse program

May 05, 2016 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association will be holding a food truck festival this summer as a fundraiser for its programs.

Executive director Ashley Sudds is reaching out to food trucks now for the June 17 event.

“We’ve never done it before,” Sudds says. “We’re always looking for different fundraisers and ways to bring the public knowledge about our program.”

The idea came from time spent in Vancouver where food truck culture is much more common, she says.

“A night market in North Vancouver includes food trucks, why can’t Kamloops have something like that?” Sudds says. “I heard food trucks have been struggling to make their way in the city.”

The festival is meant to be a win-win-win event as she’s hoping the event will be something new for north Kamloops, a good fundraiser for the riding association and a new opportunity for food trucks.

Sudds has presented the idea to local food trucks and received positive feedback. She’s also contacting trucks in other communities, including Vernon and Salmon Arm, to try and bring more to the city.

As the event is still in it’s planning stages it’s just going to be food trucks for now, but she’s interested in growing it, depending on feedback or attendance. So far the response on social media has been much bigger than she expected.

The Kamloops Therapeutic Riding Association has been around since 1988 though in the past two years it's doubled in size. She says they currently run a spring and a fall program with 60 to 70 riders each, ranging in age from 5 to 75. Proceeds from the festival will go to the programs they run and the upkeep fo the horses.

Sudds is still looking for food trucks to participate or anyone else who would like to help. She can be contacted at ktraexecutivedirector@gmail.com.

Find past stories on Kamloops food trucks here.


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