City of Cambridge Food Truck Program

Cambridge Food Truck Program

The City of Cambridge Food Truck Program is the result of a successful year long Food Truck Pilot which provided entrepreneurial opportunities to vendors, diverse food offerings to patrons, and additional street level amenities to Cambridge public spaces.

The Food Truck Program continues in the spirit of the Pilot, helping to incubate and grow food truck businesses, with a focus on women- and minority-owned businesses as well as first-time food truck operators, businesses owned by Cambridge residents, food truck businesses without a brick-and-mortar restaurant operation in Cambridge and no more than one brick-and-mortar operation outside of Cambridge, and food trucks that are not vending in other outdoor Cambridge venues on a regular basis.

As a business incubator program, the Cambridge Food Truck Program allows first-time food entrepreneurs to test branding, menu ideas, and business concepts before making larger-scale investments. For women- and minority-owned food businesses who often lack the access to capital needed for costly early stage investments, the Food Truck Program provides a relatively low-cost opportunity that prioritizes these entrepreneurs in a thoughtful way that helps to grow their businesses without competing with existing small businesses in the designated areas.

As the food business industry continues to grow and change, food truck trailers have become an attractive, low-cost option for starting a food business. Allowing trailers to vend in the program aligns with the program’s goals to lower the barrier for food entrepreneurs to test menu options and marketing for their business. Food truck trailers interested in the program are welcome to apply for the start of the 2020/2021 season.

Food truck or trailer shifts are determined by an internal review committee that vets applications based on a point system that was devised to ensure a variety of operators who are primarily first-time operators and women-or minority-owned businesses.

The application period for the 2020/2021 season has closed. The Cambridge Food Truck Program will reopen for the 2022 vending year (starts May 2022). Applications and Guidelines for the 2022 vending year will be available by January 2022. Operators interested in learning more in the meantime, may review the 2020/2021 Guidelines for Vendors below.

2020/2021 Season Vending Information

Food Truck Program 2020/2021 Guidelines for Vendors.

Additional Resources

Read how the Program Helped The Pull Up, LLC Establish its Business

Food Truck FAQs for Residents and Area Businesses

General Information about Food Truck Vending in Cambridge

Overview of City outreach for Food Truck Program

Read the Food Truck Pilot Evaluation Report to learn more about how the Pilot has performed to date. 

Customer feedback is being collected on an ongoing basis. Take this brief survey to share your experience with the City of Cambridge Food Truck Pilot

For More Information

Contact Christina DiLisio, or 617/349-4601