A fleet of food trucks will soon be rolling into Fayetteville.
The trucks will be in town to film an episode of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race,” a reality show hosted by Tyler Florence in which food truck operators journey from Los Angeles to the East Coast trying to sell their culinary creations.
Each week, contestants set up in a new town, purchase food for their trucks, and find a spot to sell their unique dishes. Whichever contestant sells the least food each week is eliminated until a final winner is chosen at the end of the season.
Their exact arrival time in Fayetteville depends on their travel schedule, but officials from Ozark Natural Foods have been told to expect them in the store this weekend. The Fayetteville Farmers’ Market on Saturday is also a likely place to spot reality show contestants on Saturday.
This episode will be part of the show’s third season, set to begin airing Aug. 19.
Update: Some folks asked about permitting below, and here’s what we found out.
It is the responsibility of the contestants to obtain proper permits to operate in each city.
Jeremy Pate, the city’s development services director, said that he hasn’t heard from any contestants yet, but that food truck operators will be required to fill out the same paperwork that any mobile vendor would when they arrive in town, including obtaining necessary health department approval, fire inspection approval (where necessary), site plans showing where want to be, and that they are in a retail/food service zone, HMR tax remittance forms, etc.