County Plans Lakefront Food Festival
Plan is to feature 6 to 10 food trucks at McKinley Marina in July or August.
It’s looking like Milwaukee County is going to host a food truck festival on the lakefront this summer.
Supervisor Sheldon Wasserman, chair of the Parks, Energy and Environment Committee, sponsored an amendment to the 2021 budget that called on the county parks department to organize food truck events during at least two weekends this summer on the lakefront
The large lot and ample green space in McKinley Park and the surrounding area would provide plenty of room to patronize the food trucks and maintain social distancing.
The event would conform to all existing public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic. James Tarantino, director of business services for parks, told the parks committee Tuesday “with the pace of vaccinations and improving conditions around COVID-19 I feel confident today saying this is something we could begin in July and August.”
Because of the pandemic, many of the department’s permitting functions — for such things as special events — shut down. The department is planning to restart their permitting process this year, and Tarantino said the department has already discussed working on ways to use their permitting to “support food trucks.” This includes, he said, looking at ways to lower barriers for permitting that might help people “build wealth” in accordance with the county’s commitment to becoming the healthiest in the state by achieving racial equity.
But Wasserman, after thanking the parks department for its work, offered a more bullish assessment: “I do want to make a bet that we’re gonna make more than $1,000 on this project.”