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Big Downtown Food Truck Picnic back after two-year hiatus

Event takes place at Exhibition Park on Sunday

They're heading back to the park for a food truck picnic after a two year hiatus due the pandemic.

Since 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph has hosted the Big Downtown Food Truck Picnic.

At the time the popularity of food trucks was on the rise, said Mike Treadgold, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.

“We wanted to create a family friendly picnic theme event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph knowing that there was great interest in the community of food truck-related events,” he said.

The picnic will be held at Exhibition Park on May 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is free to those who attend, though food must be purchased.

“Try something for lunch and something different for dinner,” Treadgold said.

“It’s a really unique opportunity for people to come out and try some amazing street food,” said Treadgold. “It’s amazing the types of creations these food truck owners can make in such a small and confined space.”

There will also be a licensed beer tent and proceeds will also go to the charity.

“We are the city’s largest youth mentoring charity and we’re supporting a little over 600 children in the community by matching them with a trained adult volunteer mentor,” said Treadgold.

As a commitment for environmental sustainability the picnic will have the Guelph Water Wagon so people can fill up their reusable water bottles with fresh tap water.

It is a mask optional event but people are encouraged to maintain distance from people outside their social circle. 

There is a lineup of eight food trucks with a wide range of cultural cusines. A portion of the proceeds from food sales will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph.

The food trucks at the event will be; Pablas Street Food of India, BeaverTails, El Milagro, Schmuck Truck, Pierogi Pigs, Fo' Cheezy Truck, WIld Boar, and Just Fo' Fun.