BUFFALO, NEW YORK - A local food truck competition that was at risk of being cancelled turned out to be a great success Saturday.
At first, Buffalo's Best Food Truck contest was in jeopardy because vendors didn't get proper permits, according to Amherst Town law.
Besides the grub, the food contest was set up to help Buffalo's City Mission, a well-known charity that helps families in need with some of the basics, like food and shelter. This benefit could've been cancelled if it wasn't for a Boulevard Mall business stepping up.
The food truck contest shut down a section of the mall's parking lot. Long lines filled in to get a taste of some really good food like barbeque, tacos and desserts. A portion of the sales goes to the charity.
Several weeks before the event, the food trucks failed to get proper permitting from Amherst. The permits came with a cost of $100 each.
Instead, Chris Drongosky, the regional director of Simply Certificates, which is a store in the mall, coughed up the cash so the trucks didn't have to.
"The city mission, this is what it's really about it's a fundraiser for them, there are a lot of less fortunate people than myself, esepcially in this time and in this area it gives us an opportunity to give back," he said.
There were five trucks that showed. Seven were supposed to be there. So that's at least $500 Drongosky had to pay out.
2 On Your Side also heard from an Amherst council member, Mark Manna at the event. He says right now the town's law for food trucks is old.
"These food trucks are caught in our antiquated town permitting system which classifies them as junk dealers, so right now they're in the black hole of the old codes that don't apply to them," he said.
Manna says that Amherst council is working to modify the code so the permitting process is easier to understand.
Manna says that new codes for food trucks are being written and that an updated policy could be voted on by the end of November.
Western New York could see more food truck shows in Buffalo. The general manager of the Boulevard Mall, Brian Calvert says that interest is on the rise for these types of showcases.