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.
|| Time of Day
|| Number of Trucks
|| Price Per Shift
|| Ineligible Menu Items
(Sidney Street at Erie Street)
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday
|| sandwiches, pizza
Central Square / City Hall
8:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Thursday - Saturday
hamburgers, pizza, coffee
(Main Street at Ames Street)
| Under Review
|| Under Review
(Education Street, adjacent to North Point Park)
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617/349-4601