Friday, November 4, 2011
Sigel’s forced to cancel November 12 Winter Food Truck Festival
Possibly rescheduled for a future date.
Sigel's spokesman Jasper Russo said that, despite efforts to obtain a permit for the past six weeks, no permit was forthcoming. And with the event one week away, he didn't want to risk it.
"The city was asking more and more, and here we are a week before the event and I still don't have the permit," he said. "We couldn't get it done in time to get a good job. I understand their point of view but I can’t make it work."
Sigel's first festival was an unexpected smash hit that drew 2,000 attendees. That was enough to catch the city's attention, which then rained down a shower of new requirements.
"They were going to require us to have an ambulance on site, and they quadrupled the number of portalets we had to have, which would have wiped out any room for tables," Russo said. "They required double the security, and it had to be Dallas police officers."
Russo was initially optimistic after the first festival, when the city outlined what he would need.
"I turned it over to our operations people, and here we are six weeks later with still no permit," he said. "We talked to 10 people and got 10 different answers. It turned out to be too much to get it done, in order to have a better event than we had last time."
He said they hope to reschedule it for a future date.
"We can't fault them for asking what they're asking for," he said. "They have their requirements, but we don't have time to haggle with them right now -- we're going through our busiest time of the year. Rather than put on an event that isn't better than the last, we decided to cancel."