Appetizers
August 31, 2011
Comparing food truck scenes between Sacramento and Hawaii

Catherine Enfield, author of the Munchie Musings blog and a valued partner at The Bee's Sacramento Connect network, recently returned from a Hawaiian vacation. Enfield was also an organizer of the SactoMoFo food truck festival and also runs www.sacfoodtrucks.net, so surveying Hawaii's food truck scene was a priority along with chillaxing on the beach. Here are a few nuggets from the trip:

- Think Sacramento's 30 minute parking rule for food trucks is prohibitive? Hawaiian food trucks are bound to a 15 minute rule on public streets, so most park for hours on private property - with some paying upwards of $1,300 a month for that privilege.

- In Hawaii, they're not called food trucks, but "lunch wagons." They've been part of Hawaiian food culture for decades, but most trucks stay parked instead of moving from location to location.

- A lack of health inspectors means that food trucks in Oahu get inspected maybe once a year.

Enfield has plenty more dish about Hawaii's food trucks - er, lunch wagons - so surf over to Munchie Musings for the full scoop.

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