Tacos, doughnuts, or ice cream: the rise of Sheridan street food

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — From cajun food to doughnuts and shaved ice to tacos or burgers, Sheridan residents can get just about anything off a local food truck. Twenty-one of the state's 243 licensed mobile food units—what the Department of Agriculture Consumer Health Services call the ever-popular American food truck—can be found in Sheridan. The 2015 nationwide value of the food truck industry was estimated to be nearly $857 million, according to Statista . Consumers aged 18-34 years of age are most likely to purchase a meal from a food truck, and shows like "The Great Food Truck Race" and "Food Truck Paradise" only fan a foodie's hunger. [image: 96e7436d-b940-4764-9c1f-a309470fc161.jpg] While big cities may have a monopoly on the trucks on television, food trucks are springing up all over Wyoming. "This time of year, we have a lot of people calling to get permits," Linda Stratton with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Consumer Health Services told Dally. "Everyone is hurrying, trying to get out there for the summer." Food trucks in Wyoming must meet all the same health and safety standards that a restaurant follows, including hand-washing and hot and cold food regulations. In addition to mobile-unit food trucks, Stratton said Wyoming sees an influx of push-cart vendors in the summer, working events like Sheridan WYO Rodeo, Frontier Days in Cheyenne and parades and festivals. Push cart owners are also responsible for obtaining permits from the state, even temporary 7-14 day permits. For more information about the state's mobile unite requirements, visit here . *Feature photo: The Shave Shack, a seasonal fixture, on North Scott Street. * #dally #news