Good news food lovers! Now you don’t have to wait for the weekend to attend a food festival and grab a bite to eat from a food truck. On the rise for almost a year now, these restaurants-on-wheels have become more and more popular, and the Buenos Aires City government has taken notice. Last night, the city lawmakers passed a bill to enable beloved carritos on the streets.
The food carts’ activity will be controlled by the Ministry of Environment and Public Spaces, which will decide, most importantly, when and where the trucks can be: no less than 200 metres away from another restaurant or bar. Besides paying an annual permit of AR $18,000, the trucks must offer gluten-free products, alongside dishes suitable for diabetics, fruits, vegetables and low-sodium foods and drinks.
This mandatory rule, as PRO bloc president Francisco Quintana said, will help provide a “healthy and fresh option” for porteños, especially in places where there aren’t any current gastronomic offers.
Regarding the obligatory no-nos, the trucks can’t sell alcoholic drinks and must avoid any kind of light or sound pollution. Plus, they mustn’t dispose of trash in public areas nor take up more space than authorised.
The law was passed just before the last BA Food Fest of the year, which will be taking place on December 3rd and 4th, at La Rural (Avenida Sarmiento 2704). A great opportunity to give them a try before they hit the streets!