Most communities have their favourite chip trucks which we also boast here in Hamilton – but in 2011 when Gorilla Cheese launched Canada’s first Grilled Cheese truck they helped kickstart a new industry that has put Hamilton on the map. The foodtruck scene is still evolving, but the city has worked closely with the various BIA’s, and with foodtruck owners to create an environment that is supportive. And the eaters of Hamilton have embraced it as well!
Follow your Faves!
You can follow your favourite trucks on their individual social media – most have active twitter and facebook pages.
You can find them at different festivals, as well as various weekly events throughout the region. Sew Hungry, the award winning Restaurant and Food Truck Rally on Ottawa Street is seen as the kick off of the Food Truck season.
Where to find them?
The Hamilton truckers are joined by their amazing colleagues from surrounding areas like Toronto, Kitchener, Niagara and for many of the large annual events and the regular weekly dinner gatherings during the summer months. Some popular trucks have also opened brick and mortar locations in recent years – Ottawa Street North is home to Southern Smoke BBQ House, Gorilla Cheese, and Curbside Burgers. In a departure from his fare at MeatVentures, my husband, Salar Madadi opened Pokeh serving up raw tuna and salmon bowls at the Hamilton Farmer’s market and a 2nd location up on Concession in 2017. Also in the farmer’s market you’ll find a permanent location from the popular Indian streetfood truck the Flyin G’nosh
What People are Saying
Tourism Hamilton – Gourmet Food Trucks
CBC – October 2016 – How to Run a Foodtruck 101, now at Mohawk College
The Hamilton Spectators Readers Choice Results 2015 – Top Food Trucks
I Heart Hamilton – August 2015 – Seven Nights in Gage Park
BlogTO – May 2015 – The top 20 street eats at Hamilton’s big food truck fest
Hamilton Main April 2015 – Coming Soon to a Street Corner Near You – Yummy Finger licking food
The Hamilton Spectator November 2014 – Keep on Truckin’ – that’s food maven’s mantra
Toronto Food Trucks June 2014 – Top 7 Food Truck Locations around Hamilton
Fat Girl Food Squad March 2014 – Nice to ‘Meat’ you: An Interview with Hamilton’s Own Meatventures
Human Stories – Episode 3 – June 2013 – The Wagon of Love
CBC – June 2012 – So what’s the big deal with Hamilton’s Food Truck Frenzy?