For Food Truck Applicants

The City of Cambridge accepted applications from food truck operators for its Food Truck Pilot through November 30, 2017. The Pilot will bring a variety of food trucks to select public locations. The vending period will take place April through October 2018.

To be eligible for vending consideration, food truck operators were required to fill out an application provided by CDD's economic development division. They are also required to have a valid State of Massachusetts Hawkers & Peddlers License or plan to become licensed and permitted by the City of Cambridge prior to the start of vending in April 2018. Permitting and licensing guidelines required by the City are available at the Food Truck Vending in Cambridge webpage. 

Below are applicant resources.

View Food Truck Pilot guidelines 

Download a Food Truck Pilot application

View Scheduling Process Details, Billing Information, and Enforcement Procedures

View Food Truck Operator FAQ

Locations & Scheduling Considerations

The following spaces will be available from April 1, 2018 through October 31, 2018. To promote diverse food offerings at each location, ineligible food truck menu items have been noted. 

Vendors will indicate their shift preference on the Food Truck Pilot application form. Scheduling food trucks is a three-part process vetted by an internal review committee to determine qualified trucks for each location. Vendor schedules for each shift detailed below will be awarded in February 2018 and finalized (and publicly announced) in March 2018, pending submissions of any outstanding permits or licenses. 

 Location  Time of Day  Number of Trucks  Price Per Shift  Ineligible Menu Items 
 Cambridgeport
(Sidney Street at Erie Street)
 Weekdays
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
3 $50   sandwiches, pizza
 Central Square / City Hall
(Massachusetts Avenue)
Weekend Nights
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thursday - Saturday
3  $30 salads/smoothies/healthy bowls,
hamburgers, pizza, coffee
MIT/Kendall
(Main Street at Ames Street)
 Under Review
 Under Review  Under Review Under Review
 North Point
(Education Street, adjacent to North Point Park)
 Weekends
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
3  $40 salads

Note: actual vending time will be shorter to allow for at least 30 minutes for setup and breakdown at the beginning and end of each shift

Additional Location Notes

  • Public locations cannot support live or recorded music brought by truck operators.
  • No alcohol may be served at public locations
  • Public locations have been chosen for their proximity to ample public seating. As such, public locations cannot support additional seating brought by truck operators.
  • If your truck would like to host programming, such as live music, children's entertainment, or other activities, please contact Economic Development staff for information about how to obtain a Special Event permit or other one-time licenses. 

Parking & Enforcement

In the event that a location space is occupied during the hours of a food truck shift by any automobile other than the scheduled truck, please contact the Cambridge Police Department, which will dispatch a unit to ticket and tow the vehicle.

Non-emergency line: 617/349-3300

For More Information

Contact Christina DiLisio, Associate Economic Development Specialist, at cdilsio@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4601