Late last week received an email message from Cesar Fuentes, rep for the vendors, which said that all the city-required hoops have been jumped, and that pending a Dept. of Health inspection this week, they are ready to go.
Upon our last compliance hurdle being met -that is, the vendors' food trucks and carts passing DOHMH inspection next week- our affair can finally open its season as early as the weekend of July 19th!!
While we are almost certain that most vendors will be compliant & ready to operate by July 19th, we have also set up a 'rain date' for the weekend of July 26th in case the majority of our vendors are required to further adjust their mobile food vending units to meet inspection standards.
I chatted with Rafael Soler (of the Dominican-Salvadoran stand) this past weekend at Brooklyn Flea (where some of the vendors camped temporarily) and he said that he'd had to invest $28,000 in getting his "mobile food unit," aka el tró, up to code.
And note that the traditional start-up time for the vendors has been Memorial Day. So this year, their season has been effectively cut in half. Patronize, people!
UPDATE 7/16/08: As of yesterday, DOH did not pass 6 of the vendors' trucks; another 4 trucks and carts have yet to be inspected. But Fuentes said he is still confident they'll be able to open if not this weekend, then the 26th.
[Our lovely model Melanie holds yummy elote last year at the Ball Fields. Pix by moi]