City of Cambridge Food Truck Pilot

Cambridge Food Truck Pilot

The City of Cambridge Food Truck Pilot is designed to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for food truck operators, create more diverse food options in targeted areas, and bring additional street level amenities to Cambridge public spaces.

The Food Truck Pilot provides access to select public vending locations for food truck operators who are fully permitted and licensed in the City of Cambridge. Special consideration was given to women and minority-owned businesses, businesses operated by Cambridge residents, new businesses (2 years old and under), and businesses without a brick-and-mortar restaurant operation. 

The Food Truck Pilot encourages independent and locally-owned food business operators to test their concepts in the Cambridge market through food truck vending in select public spaces and times.

Locations & Scheduling 

After receiving applications from eligible food trucks and tabulating the results of the People's Choice Poll, an internal review committee vetted applicants based on a point system that was devised to ensure variation at each location. 

Eligible food trucks are currently being authorized to vend on a rolling basis by the Cambridge License Commission. The schedule below reflects the trucks that have been approved to vend by the Cambridge License Commission beginning in April 2018. Schedules may vary depending on weather and food truck scheduling conflicts.

  Food Truck Pilot Schedule: April - October 2018*   
 Location  Time of Day    Number of Trucks  
 Cambridgeport
(Sidney Street at Erie Street)

Monday - Friday

10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Bon Me (Mon.)
Rhythm & Wraps (Mon. & Tues.)
Shuck Food Truck (Tues.) 
Amigos Locos (Tues. & Weds.)
Chicken & Rice Guys (Weds.)
Rice Burg (Weds.)
Teri-Yummy (Thurs.)
Cookie Monstah (Thurs.)
Kebabish (Thurs.)
SachKo (Fri)
Bella Food Truck **
 Central Square / City Hall
(795 Massachusetts Avenue)

Thursday - Saturday

8:00 p.m. - midnight

The Pull Up (Thursdays)

 North Point Park
(Education Street, adjacent to North Point Park)

Saturday - Sunday

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The Pull Up (Saturdays)
Frozen Hoagies (Saturday & Sunday)
Bella Food Truck **

**These food trucks are People's Choice Poll winners and will vend in the Pilot at the locations indicated pending approval of the truck's Hawkers/Peddler's License from the City of Cambridge License Commission.

Note: active vending time will be shorter, allowing for at least 30 minutes for set up 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.
  • Truck operators interested in hosting programming such as live music, children's entertainment, or other activities should contact CDD staff in the Economic Development Division for information about how to obtain a Special Event permit or other one-time licenses.

Program Research & Outreach

Staff in CDD's Economic Development Division have spent over a year researching and developing the Food Truck Pilot, a process that has included testing locations and shift fees and engaging stakeholder groups (food truck operators, brick-and-mortar restaurants and other members of the community) in conversations about locations and scheduling.

Click here for an overview of past outreach initiatives upcoming opportunities to engage with the Food Truck Pilot process. 

Additional Resources

Food Truck Pilot Guidelines for Vendors

Food Truck Pilot FAQs for Residents and Area Businesses

General Information about Food Truck Vending in Cambridge

For More Information

Contact Christina DiLisio, cdilisio@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4601