HOLLAND — Despite Tulip Time being canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, some food trucks are still popping up around Holland.


Concession stands serving carnival food and treats — elephant ears, funnel cakes, cotton candy and french fries — are a staple at the Tulip Time Festival.


Even without a festival this year, a few people set up food carts around town outside Boatwerks Waterfront Restaurant and Quality Car Wash on Chicago Drive.


The food carts do not violate any of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders because they are only offering takeout, said Kristina Wieghmink, Ottawa County Department of Public Health public information officer.


The temporary food trucks had to get licensed through the state. There were a handful of trucks this year, Wieghmink said.


Even without Tulip Time, there are zoned districts around the city of Holland that allow for outdoor food service, explained Tricia Dreier, City of Holland assistant director of community and neighborhood services.


“We’re asking if a food vendor wants to sell food they contact me, and I will look up the zoned district, and we’ll determine if it’s allowed use,” Dreier said.


Food vendors can contact Dreier via email at: t.dreier@cityofholland.com.


Tulip Time was scheduled to take place May 2-10. The Tulip Time organization announced on March 16 this year’s festival would be canceled.


Last week, Holland Mayor Nathan Bocks requested people not visit the area to view the tulips because of the virus.


“Our first responsibility is to keep our residents safe and asking visitors to stay home this year is the right but very difficult thing to do,” said Bocks.



But there was a steady line of customers, who maintained social distancing, to try Dutch Treat Concession’s elephant ears, sno-cones, and popcorn during Monday’s lunch hour.


“It’s not so bad today,” said worker Caleb Diekema.


— Contact reporter Kate Carlson at kcarlson@hollandsentinel.com and follow her on Twitter @SentinelKate and @BizHolland.