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BIG food truck picnic in park

Eight vendors will line Exhibition Park

The trucks, the yummy food trucks, will be rolling down Exhibition Street and parked along Exhibition Park starting Sunday morning.

Thousands are expected to sample the fare of eight mobile food vendors during the Big Downtown Food Truck Picnic, an event co-sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Guelph and Sweet Temptations Cupcakery in south end Guelph.

Ten percent of all food sales will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters, said Michael Treadgold, manager, development and communications for the organization.

The picnic starts at 11:30 a.m. and runs until 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but the food you have to pay for.

Treadgold said all indications are that, if the weather holds, 4,000 or more people could attend. The event has been widely marketed, primarily through social media, he indicated.

“It looks like several thousand might show up,” he said. “We’re very excited for it.”

Jakki Prince, the owner of Sweet Temptations Cupcakery, grew up in a single parent household. Her older brother had a Big Brother, so she has a personal connection to the organization, Treadgold said. Prince also has a strong connection to the tight-knit mobile food community. Her cupcake business is on wheels from time to time.

The vendors will be parked in the lay-by along Exhibition Street and facing the park. They include Chef Scotty Cooks, Mango Chutney, Fo’ Cheezy, and Schmuck Truck, among others.

The Guelph Water Wagon will also be on site, along with Cleo the Clown, Play With Clay and others.

As well as being a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, BIG Downtown Food Truck Picnic is also a way to raise the profile of the food truck business in Guelph.

Check out the event’s Facebook site at


Rob O'Flanagan

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