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Harrisonburg is partnering with several other agencies to promote the ever-growing food culture in Harrisonburg. After receiving some grant money, a new program and competition, "What's Cooking," was developed to build on the growing food culture in the region, support existing businesses, cultivate new entrepreneurs, and serve as a model for future projects. Those interested in participating were invited to pitch their initial idea and received constructive feedback


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Cardo Lianez about 5 years ago

I'm on the fence about them. Yes, I have gone to Mashita and find their food really good. I like variety and not knowing a heck of a lot about running one, I see food trucks as a lower barrier to entry into selling prepared food—that's good for startups. A big PLUS! However, I don't think we need a lot of the same kind of food being served in multiple trucks. I think it's a good use of empty parking lots, but I'd hate to see more parking lots being created just to host food trucks. That's a lose for community if you ask me.

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Rosalind OBrien, Web and Graphic Designer about 5 years ago

I like the variety they inject into the food choices in town, due to the low barrier to entry. I'd rather they be within walking distance of downtown, and using existing unused space, rather than causing more parking lots to be built. I agree with Cardo that increasing the parking lots in town would be an unfortunate use of space.

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Robert Williams about 5 years ago

They seem to be popular and more seem to be popping up all over. I don't think it's fair to the brick and mortar restaurants that have invested in a business the way they knew, saw restaurants to be done. I feel they also come under more inspection and scrutiny than the trucks. The restaurants have their whole area to maintain. A truck maintains only their inside and puts out some picnic tables. I wonder how the litter and food that might drop on the ground is handled. I would worry about rodents and bugs being attracted to the areas.

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Mikey Reisenberg, Mashita about 5 years ago

New research concerning food truck cleanliness has been released. Here is the link http://7online.com/food/food-trucks-good-clean-eatin-or-germ-paradise/268890/

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Christine Anderson about 5 years ago

I love the variety and quality of options Food Trucks have added to our local dining scene. Mashita, Lobsta Rollin', Grilled Cheese Mania, Flavor Savor, and Belen's have all consistently prepared quality, delicious meals. I feel like I get more for my money, too - maybe because they don't have to pay the overhead of a restaurant with seating. Also, I really enjoy craft beer in Harrisonburg and am always thrilled when a great food truck pairs up with a brewery. Good drink, good food, constant variety. These things make me happy!

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