For Food Truck Applicants

The City of Cambridge Food Truck Program is a business incubator initiative, designed to grow food truck and trailer businesses with an emphasis on first-time operators as well as women- and minority-owned operators who may have limited vending options in Cambridge or the surrounding area.

To be eligible for vending consideration in the Food Truck Program, food truck and trailer operators are required to fill out an application provided by the Community Development Department (CDD)'s economic development division. They are also required to become licensed and permitted by the City of Cambridge prior to the start of vending. Permitting and licensing guidelines required by the City are available at the Food Truck Vending in Cambridge webpage. 

All food truck and trailer operators are encouraged to apply. For questions about whether or not your business meets the special considerations of the Food Truck Program, please review the Food Truck Program Guidelines.

Applications for the 2020/2021 season are now being accepted on a rolling basis. Download a Food Truck Program Vendor Application. The deadline to apply is February 21, 2020.

Vending for the 2020/2021 season will begin May 1, 2020. 

CDD currently accepts applications on a rolling basis for those interested in vending before May 1, 2020 at the three public locations noted below. Interested vendors should use the 2019/2020 Food Truck Program Application to express interest or contact Christina DiLisio at cdilisio@cambridgema.gov or 617/349-4601. For food truck or trailer operators looking for information about operating regularly on private property, see Food Truck Vending in Cambridge.


Applicant Resources

Food Truck Program Application

Food Truck Program Guidelines

Scheduling Process Details, Billing Information, and Enforcement Procedures

Food Truck Operator FAQ

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

Locations & Scheduling Considerations

The following shift times and locations are available to applicants now (pending availability) and for the 2020/2021 season starting May 1st. To promote diverse food offerings at each location, ineligible food truck or trailer menu items have been noted. Vendors indicate their shift preference on the Food Truck Program application form. Scheduling food trucks and trailers is a three-part process vetted by an internal review committee to determine qualified trucks for each location. 


 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
2  $30 salads/smoothies/healthy bowls,
hamburgers, pizza, coffee
 North Point Park
(Education Street, adjacent to North Point Park)
 Weekends
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday
2  $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

  • Food truck and trailer businesses operating in the City of Cambridge are required to follow all the same regulations applicable to their brick-and-mortar counterparts. For a full list consult the Food Truck Program Guidelines.
  • Payment for shifts secured through the Food Truck Program will be made on a monthly basis, one month in advance. Food truck and trailer operators will be invoiced by the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Department and issued a Special Permit for use of the road. Failure to pay for the Traffic, Parking & Transportation Special Permit in advance of vending will result in shift forfeiture. Food trucks are not responsible for paying parking fees via parking meters as shift fee includes cost of parking at a public parking spot. 
  • 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 as these activities are not covered by the permits and licenses for food truck vending.

Parking & Enforcement

In the event that a location space is occupied during the hours of an approved food truck or trailer shift by any automobile other than the scheduled truck or trailer, 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