If you've ever been interested in a "crocodile hotdog," Rocky Point Park is the place to be this summer.
The City of Port Moody has officially chosen the vendors that will take part in its food-cart pilot project during the Summer Concert Series in the popular park.
And if an exotic hotdog isn't your thing, there will be other food options, ranging from perogies to pastas and pulled-pork sandwiches.
In all, city staff recommended four vendors for the pilot, including Old Country Pierogi, Gourmet Hotties, This Little Piggy and Hotties Panzerotti.
The city received a total of six applications from established vendors interested in taking part in the pilot project, but just one from the City of Vancouver's street-vendor program, in which the idea was modelled.
A staff report suggested the low level of interest from vendors in the Vancouver program is related to existing licences in that city.
Port Moody picked the vendors based on a review of each application, which included general scoring based on menu innovations and details provided in the applications themselves.
In its application, Gourmet Hotties indicated it offers specialty hotdogs that include crocodile, duck and wild game. According to the report, one vendor that also specialized in hotdogs was not chosen because the application was less detailed than that of another hotdog vendor that did make the cut, while another was left off for having an incomplete application.
The report also recommends the carts be set up by the grass area by the park's picnic shelter. The area was chosen for its high visibility for vendors, limited impact on existing vendors and proximity to electrical outlets.
The idea, which was originally conceived by the city's economic development committee, is to have food cart vendors in the park on Sundays from July 8 to Aug. 26, the length of the concert series.
Coun. Diana Dilworth, who sits on the city's economic development committee, said she is excited for the pilot and sees the project as a learning opportunity for the city.
"We're going to learn what works, we're going to learn what doesn't," she said.
But it won't be the only pilot project related to the concert series.
City council also approved a pilot to divert compostables from regular waste at the park during the concert series.
The pilot will see an organic collection cart included as part of the recycling station selected for the food-vendor project.
The collection carts, or "zero-waste recycling stations," will be manned by volunteers from the community and are on loan from Metro Vancouver.
They will also be located in high-profile areas, but removed at the end of each day.
Coun. Rick Glumac, who originally brought up the idea of a pilot project related to compostable waste, said the project demonstrates leadership in waste diversion in Metro Vancouver.