OTTAWA, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - On September 28th, in the heart of Little Italy, a parade of food trucks will pull up to
the corner of Pamilla and Rochester and park their kitchens on wheels
for a good cause. The first annual Ottawa Food Truck Rally will give
the people of Ottawa with curious palates the chance to taste the best
our local food trucks have to offer in one location, for one afternoon.
The Rally kicks off at noon and runs until 4:00 p.m.
More than just combining the smells and flavours of Ottawa's mobile
culinary scene, the event rallies community partners - the Ottawa
Community Housing Foundation, Domicile and a local BMO branch - in a
collaborative and innovative effort to better the lives of the
community around them.
Money raised from the Ottawa Food Truck Rally will go to fund a
first-time scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, fees and
equipment for an Ottawa Community Housing tenant to attend Algonquin
College's culinary arts program for one year.
Wendy Mitchell is Executive Director of the Ottawa Community Housing
Foundation. "This is a chance for the people of this city to come
together, and, yes, try some excellent food, but also make a difference
in the life of an individual, in the life of a community," says
Despite having been founded only 18 months ago, the Ottawa Community
Housing Foundation is already making significant and long-lasting
impacts in the lives of those living in OCH communities. And this event
is no exception.
It did not take long for word to spread around town of this opportunity
to support an OCH tenant. BMO Bank of Montreal will match the initial
scholarship support of $5000, allowing the Ottawa Food Truck Rally to
announce that two scholarships will be funded as result of the event.
"Having a positive impact on our communities is one of BMO's core
values," said Christine Kirkwood, Richmond Road Branch Manager, BMO
Bank of Montreal. "I can't think of a better way to make a lasting
difference in somebody's life than to fund a scholarship that will help
lay the foundation for future success." The BMO branches are also
sharing the time and skills of some staff members. BMO staff are
supporting the financial logistics involved in organizing an event of
this magnitude. "When we heard about this opportunity to invest in the
community, we jumped on board," said Omar Abouzaher, Wellington &
Holland Branch Manager, BMO Bank of Montreal. "BMO has a long and proud
history of volunteerism and it was quite natural for our employees to
want to get involved."
Sharif Virani is the founder of the Ottawa Food Truck Rally. "The idea
of a rally to showcase the creativity and dedication of local food
trucks was born many months ago, but the engine really didn't start
revving on the community angle until we were able to sit down with
local community groups and businesses," says Virani. "It really is our
civic duty to build capacity within our communities and the end goal of
the Rally is to inspire two young individuals and help them realize
their potential to try and succeed at doing something special in
Domicile is providing the space for the Rally. "For us, the Rally is
about celebrating all the elements of community that allow
neighbourhoods to thrive," says John Doran, President of the boutique
condo development company. The corner of Pamilla and Rochester streets
is the future home of their Nuovo development, which launches this
fall. "Building in urban neighbourhoods, as we do, should go beyond the
design and beyond the construction," says Doran. "For us, it is about
forging relationships so we can play a positive role in the communities
that welcome us."
Keeping in the spirit of supporting local, Kichesippi Beer Company, the
Clocktower Brew Pub, Hoity Toity Cellars and Harvey & Vern's will all
be on-site to manage the thirst that comes with the territory of trying
new flavours and recipes.
Participating food trucks include: Think Lunch; Mr. Churritos; Urban
Cowboy; The Grilled Cheeserie; The Merry Dairy; Olive Green; Angry
Dragonz; Chow Down; Bytown Bayou; and Red Roaster.
Admission is $10 - kids under 12 enter free. Tasting plates vary in
SOURCE: OCH Foundation for Healthy Communities
For further information:
For media inquiries and interview requests contact the Ottawa Food Truck Rally organizers via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Elizabeth Gray-Smith at 613-799-8552.