Roam Mobile Food Conference in Portland

Jonathan Amato




We’ve been blogging about it a bit this summer… Food Carts Portland is pleased to be one of the entities involved with Roam, the first ever North American-wide conference for those who are in, want to be in, or serve the growing mobile food industry. Yes, we are talking trucks, carts, wagons, bikes, or heck even a boat or a plane that serves food is fine with Roam. Roam will be held at the Double Tree Hilton Portland in the Lloyd Center District on Saturday, September 14, 2013.

“So I want to open up a food truck. What do I need to know?” If you or someone you know wants to open their own mobile food business, Roam offers a one day Start-up Boot Camp for only $175. The Start-up Boot Camp features industry expert presenters,  successful mobile vendors, Q&A opportunities, hands on workshops, resources such as suppliers and professional services, and plenty of networking.  It’s everything you need to know to open a mobile food business. A great investment that can save new businesses a lot of mistakes, lost time and money.

“I want to grow my business, maybe add a 2nd truck or open a bricks and mortar restaurant. What do I need to do?” For those already in the mobile food industry, Roam’s Owner’s Summit  is a full day on Saturday at only $235, and is geared towards helping mobile vendors thrive. Menu development, costing and profit, DIY marketing and PR, staffing, insurance, equipment, growing to multiple locations or bricks and mortar, as well as innovations in technology and sustainability are just a few of the topics.

“What kind of laws does my city need to allow mobile vending while at the same time addressing business, political and neighborhood concerns?” Policy makers, non-profits, community advocates will also have the opportunity to address best practices in urban planning and economic development. City policy makers from all over the U.S. will be in attendance to discuss creating fair, streamlined and efficient vending laws. N0n-profits and advocates will have the chance to hear and talk with mobile vending association and advocacy groups. The Institute for Justice from Washington, DC, a non-profit that works with cities to create open and fair laws will be on hand for presentations and special one-on-one meetings. If you are struggling with mobile vending laws and issues in your city, this feature is for you!

“It’s a food conference, will it be fun?” Roam will also have a special food cart lunch on-site at the conference. In the evening we will be taking a party bus to one of the Portland’s great food cart pods for an evening of food, fun, and imbibing. For those available on Friday the 13th, Roam can also arrange special food cart and other city tours.

Registrations for Roam are still open. You can register for Roam by going to For media and other inquiries, please contact You can connect with Roam on Twitter: @RoamCON or Facebook: Roam Mobile Conference

See you at Roam, September 14th!



What: Roam Mobile Food Conference

When: Saturday September 14, 2013. 7:00 am to 5:00 pm with Friday City Tours, and Sat Evening Special Event.

Where: Double Tree Hilton at Lloyd Center, Portland, Oregon.

Cost: $175 (Bootcamp) or $235 (Full Conference)

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  1. As a Mobile Food Consultant, I connect individuals and businesses with Mobile Food Truck Manufacturers, provide free consulting regarding health department regulations, social media etc., and assisting owners with locating spots for their trucks or carts. This is a great way to for people new to the industry and seasoned Food truckers to network, stay abreast of Mobile Food Regulations, and meet new people. I think this is awesome. I certainly wish I could be there!

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