Mark Baratelli, the original impresario of Orlando's food truck scene, has announced that he is discontinuing the monthly Food Truck Bazaar at Fashion Square Mall. The second-Sunday event was the first regularly scheduled food truck cavalcade in Central Florida. According to a statement from Baratelli, the gathering has been at Fashion Square nearly every month since its inception in May of 2011. Those early days often saw 15 to 25 trucks and served thousands of truck food fans. (At top, the line for the Korean BBQ Taco Box at the first Fashion Square Food Truck Bazaar.)
"To say the attendance dropped in the past 12 months is an understatement," Baratelli said in the statement.