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Food Trucks: A Staple in Culinary Arts


Food trucks have come a long way since their inception. While they were once associated with hot dogs and pretzels, today’s food trucks offer so much more than in the 1930s. Additionally, these mobile eateries have become more popular than ever, allowing them to become a billion-dollar industry and a staple in many major cities. But what allowed them to become so big? What about it appeals so much to the masses? 


The most unforgettable thing about food trucks is mobilization. What would be the point otherwise? It allows for the whole kitchen to be taken anywhere, something good for people who want to try a place but live too far away. The mobilization also allows food trucks to be used for promoting businesses, especially smaller ones. They have even been used to promote businesses that aren’t about food. With this, they truly live up to the name “marketing on wheels.”  


A special thing about food trucks, especially at large events, or gatherings, is everything they bring to the table. For one, they bring unique and diverse culinary items to the menu, providing people with the opportunity to try unique cuisines at a low price so they don’t always have to go somewhere fancy for it. This goes even better with the substantial number of food trucks that appear at events, collectively offering such a wide array of foods from diverse backgrounds, bringing in a highly diverse crowd to try so many options. This is ultimately one of their greatest appeals. 


One reason that food trucks are better at satisfying everyone is that they operate on a personal level. Because of this, it’s so much easier for them to do what many normal restaurants don’t. They can connect with their customers to build a following, easily take in feedback, and take inspiration and techniques from others. This gives them a greater opportunity to improve themselves and the experience of the customers, making for a smooth operation. 


Food trucks have grown into a large industry, generating a lot of money. According to Zippia, there are over 36,000 food truck businesses collectively generating a revenue of $2.7 billion annually, and that industry has been growing an average of 9.9% since 2018. That’s huge growth from what those numbers were 10 years ago. 


Food trucks are so appealing because they are a quality experience with the ability to go many places to share their unique culinary dishes for low prices and connect with people to grow and improve. They bring a sense of community, creativity, and convenience. That’s what has made them so special. 

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Sherwood Williams, Writer/Photographer
Sherwood Williams is a junior in photojournalism covering topics from food to school festivals. He joined photojournalism for the event coverage experience and to work with pictures and stayed for the amazing environment. With the help of this, he looks to pursue graphic design as a career.

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