DBPR to host local food trucks at upcoming food truck fair
September 12, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) today announced that it will host more than 10 vendors at its upcoming Food Truck Fair on September 27, 2013 at DBPR headquarters in Tallahassee. The Northwood Centre is sponsoring the event, the Florida Lottery will be a special guest and live entertainment will be provided by the local band The Jimmy Gillis Band.
“Statewide, there are more than 3,200 licensed mobile food vendors and we want to help communicate that these businesses are regulated by the state and follow strict food safety and sanitation standards,” said DBPR Secretary Ken Lawson. “Small businesses are vital to Florida’s economy and I am thrilled that we are able to host local business owners and licensees at an event designed to bring attention to their delicious food and boost their bottom line.”
DBPR’s headquarters is in the Northwood Centre located at 2601 Blair Stone Road in Tallahassee. The fair will be held from 4:30pm to 7pm and is open to the public. More information on the Mobile Food Vendor Fair can be found here.
“Each Food Truck Fair hosted by DBPR continues to be successful and we are thrilled to partner with a state agency dedicated to supporting its licensees,” said Rebecca Kelly, President of the Tallahassee Food Truck Association. “This event will feature a dozen food trucks with some of them only operating for a mere three months giving them an opportunity to showcase their businesses all while giving the public an opportunity to learn more about how food trucks are licensed and inspected by the state.”
Participating vendors are: Fat Mac’s Café, Street Chefs, Fired Up Pizza, The Great American Sandwich Station, Mobi, Zahalla Grill, Turnover Café, Kubano!, Scott’s Smokehouse, Tacos Gringos, Gourmet PB&J and Knawty Hawg.
DBPR licenses and regulates all food service establishments in the state, including mobile food vendors and hot dog carts. As one of the most rapidly growing segments of the Department’s food service licensees, mobile food vendors are a vital part of the state’s economy. The events are part of a continued effort for the Department to encourage business development, especially for small-business owners and entrepreneurs.
The Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s mission is to license efficiently and regulate fairly. The Department licenses and regulates more than one million businesses and professionals ranging from hotels and restaurants, real estate agents and accountants to veterinarians, contractors and cosmetologists. For more information, please visit www.MyFloridaLicense.com.
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