Food trucks offer culinary, entrepreneurial and opportunities for Whitfield County
, 2023-03-16 20:00:00,
Dalton welcomed its first food truck under a new state law earlier this month, and Whitfield County government is seeking other food trucks to celebrate Park Day at its new Civil War battlefield park.
Due to a recent change in state law, food trucks can now obtain permits that apply statewide rather than county by county. Dalton approved an ordinance that allows food trucks in early October.
Whitfield County government is seeking food trucks and vendors for events, including one at the county’s new 1,000-acre Civil War park called Rock Face Ridge Park on April 15. Sponsored by the American Battlefield Trust, Park Day is an annual cleanup at historic battlefields and historic sites nationwide — and Whitfield County is broadening the event.
“We’re definitely looking forward to doing this (events with food trucks) more often,” Valeria Molina, public information officer for Whitfield County, said in a phone interview. “This will be the first time we’re doing it, and I’ll be taking this list (of food vendors) and spreading it out to our department heads and chamber (of commerce). We have big plans for food truck vendors around here.”
Molina said she’s only had five food truck vendors reach out since the announcement was made and is wanting more. She said she could be reached at [email protected]
Whitfield County’s Park Day celebration includes a sunset mountain bike race to the top of the ridge and scavenger hunt organized by the Southern Off Road Bicycle Association. Bob Jenkins, a Civil War historian, will be on hand to give presentations on the battles that occurred there in 1864, Molina said. Other activities that may include cornhole and disc golf are also being planned, Molina said.
(READ MORE: New Whitfield County Civil War park offers recreation, digital features)
Lobster Dogs was the first food truck that set up in Dalton on March 1.
“They really enjoyed it,” Stephanie Gross, owner of the Lobster Dog food truck franchise for the markets of Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina, said. “We actually sold out earlier than we hoped to.”
The Tucker, Georgia-based food truck franchise’s signature dish is New England-style lobster rolls, with fresh Maine lobster, mayo, butter and seasoning, Gross said in a phone interview. Whole avocado dishes with toppings like lobster, crab, shrimp and vegetables are also served, she said, or the Free Bird with buffalo chicken, bacon and ranch.
Gross said the truck is going back to Dalton on March 22, and its…
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