HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Last summer, there were seven food trucks operating in the city of Huntsville. Today, there are more than triple that number.
Huntsville's food truck revolution started with a 2013 change in city ordinance that allowed the trucks to sell downtown, but it exploded with the introduction of the "2014 Street Food Season."
In April, the city held the first food truck rally. It was met by huge crowds, hungry for a new dining experience. Since then, organizers estimate more than 20,000 people have attended the rallies.
Food truck operator Chris Kelley calls the rallies, "a blessing." Kelley runs Badd Newz BBQ. He bought the truck in 2012 and says, "being able to go downtown at these events every 3rd Friday has really helped me sustain my business."
The season will end today with a rally from 6-9 p.m. in front of the Von Braun Center. Around 20 trucks are expected to participate in the event on Church Street. There will also be a free concert by Denim Jawbones and drinks for sale at the VBC Craft Beer Garden.
The rally is being held in conjunction with UAHuntsville's homecoming. The Chargers will open their hockey season Friday night at the VBC.
Plans are already in the works for the 2015 Street Food Season. Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson says an announcement will be made shortly after the new year.