With random towns like Roanoke, Virginia proposing to legalize hot dog carts, street vending fever is sweeping the nation. In most cities, however, vendors are not yet organized, which means we get emails like this, from a woman looking for a vendor support group in Minneapolis. We discussed this issue on the Village Voice food blog last week.
Until now, there hasn’t been much we can do — we don’t know anybody in Minneapolis! But, on May 14 and 15th, SVP is co-sponsoring “Contesting the Streets” the first-ever vendor conference in the U.S., at UCLA. We’re trying to find vendor groups around the country to attend. Here’s a flyer in English and Spanish. Please help circulate!
UPDATE: Here’s an interesting article on the Street Vendors Association of Chicago. We’re hoping they can send someone to the conference.