Food truck workers try to stay cool despite heat


VINTON, Va. (WFXR News) — While the summer heat caused some events in Southwest and Central Virginia to be canceled or rescheduled, the Feeding America Southwest Virginia Food Truck Fest continued on Friday.

Attendees tried their best to beat the heat ⁠by finding shade where ever they could.

“It’s not that bad, I can deal with a little bit of heat,” said Bill Scott, who braved the heat. “The shade is very good and at least it’s not raining.”

Food truck workers carried on with their work — making hot food in confined spaces. The grills make their food trucks hot, so workers do what they can to stay cool.

“We all have cooling rags that we all wear around our necks and around our heads,” said Jason Nichols, who works in the Mountain Grille food truck. “And plenty of water… ice-cold water.”

A lot of food truck workers rely on airflow when it comes to staying cool. The Mountain Grille truck had all of their windows open. 

“In here we’ve got a lot of ventilation so we just keep the air moving,” said Nichols.

The Perking House Coffee and Tea Company also used the wind to their advantage.

“We just kind of use our crosswind in our truck, we just open both doors on the bus and the wind usually takes care of that,” said Micah Trexler, the owner of The Perking House Coffee and Tea Company.

Food truck owners understand summer months bring hot temperatures, but they say the heat shouldn’t keep them inside.

“Put a hat on, put your sunglasses on, wear something that’s kind of for warmer weather,” said Trexler. “Drink some water and come out and support what we have going on here.”

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