March 8, 2012
Sacto MoFo 4 food truck festival coming, possible beer sales

More than two-dozen mobile food vendors will descend on 8th and W streets, the site of Sacramento's Sunday farmers market, for Sacto MoFo 4 on April 21. The amount of vendors and trucks, currently at 27, will make this the largest celebration of mobile food seen thus far in Sacramento. Tentative plans also call for a first-ever beer garden, which would highlight local craft beers and microbreweries over that same ol' Miller Light. Additional mobile food vendors are expected to be announced soon, including the debut of a Sacramento food truck which specializes in Indian food.

Sacto MoFo organizers also plan to highlight a couple of issues facing the mobile food movement, both locally and around the state. AB 1678, recently introduced to the California State Assembly by Bill Monning (D-Carmel), would prevent food trucks from operating within 1,500 of schools. The legislation, supported by California Food Policy Advocates in their fight against childhood obesity, has since caused an uproar with food truck operators and consumers alike.

In the local world of mobile food politics, the Sacramento City Council's Law and Legislation committee is set to address food truck issues on March 20. This committee had planned to address food trucks twice before, but had been postponed. Assuming that food trucks will be on the agenda, this would mark the beginning of what's likely to be many meetings at City Hall before any local food truck ordinances are changed. Current regulations state that local mobile food vendors have to move after 30 minutes.

"Hopefully the third time will be a charm," said Paul Somerhausen of Sacto MoFo, about the upcoming meeting. "We know there's concerns from the city and some restaurant owners and hope to address those."

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Chris Macias is the Bee's food and wine writer. Follow him on Twitter @chris_macias

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