KAMLOOPS - For students and staff at Thompson Rivers University one of the fastest growing trends in food service has arrived on campus.
Ahead of schedule, the first food truck set up on campus this week when Eats Amore showed up for roughly three hours. Glenn Read with the university says the first day seems to have gone well.
“They seem to be quite well received yesterday,” he says. “The word on the street is that they almost ran out of food.”
When word got out the university was looking at adding food trucks to the Kamloops campus food service, Read says a few businesses got in contact with them. While Eats Amore was approved, others had to be turned down, as they didn’t meet what the school was looking for.
“I talked to a couple of them and told them in a respectful way it wasn’t what we’re looking for,” he says. “Adding for the sake of adding doesn’t make a lot of sense.”
The university is in discussion with two more trucks, including a new local truck that’s in the midst of being built.
The school is trying to fill gaps in campus food service, including vegetarian, vegan and more ethnic options. The holes were identified by the school’s student union and food trucks were discussed as an option.
Read expects Eats Amore to be on campus for lunches on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but says it's up to the business to decide which days. The market will determine how often and long the trucks are on campus in general, allowing the businesses to pick times that make sense to them as long as they meet the school's basic regulations.
“The intention is to have a food truck presence on campus for as many months as possible,” he says.
Food trucks seem to be a growing trend in the city, with last year's first food truck festival attracting a much larger turnout than expected, and the city loosening restrictions on food trucks on city property.
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