People are dressing down and hitting the streets to enjoy the flurry of foreign food that is hitting our suburbs with the rise of the global food truck trend.
The food truck trend has exploded internationally and we are seeing the repercussions here locally, with new food truck vendors pulling up daily to sell a range of foreign delicacies. From tacos to Buffalo wings and wood-fired pizzas, there’s definitely a food truck for everyone.
Pirate’s Plate owner Adam Hawkins says food trucks are more than just a trend. Since opening his business one year ago, Adam says he can really see the cultural shift in dining habits happening here and around the world.
“Food trucks are evolving a new culture that has never been seen before globally in the food industry,” Adam says. “Food trucks really provide the relaxed atmosphere consumers are looking for and they can get the same quality as at a restaurant, but for a cheaper price.”
“I encountered a personal set back last year with a short break from life to battle cancer at the age of 35,” Adam explains. “Now in remission, I am back to continue my passion for food but my true passion is people.”
Through Pirate’s Plate, Adam combines his two passions and also uses the opportunity to raise money for cancer through the sale of fundraising pins from his food truck.
Cathy, a Loganholme-based mother of two girls aged 11 and 15, thinks food trucks are fantastic as they provide excellent value and choice, as well as a low-key dining experiences perfect for famished families.
“The girls and I went to Eats and Beats in Logan and I was shocked by how much choice we had,” Cathy says. “There were trucks selling a range of cuisines from around the world, it really made it hard to pick.”
Brisbane City Council is embracing the upsurge of the food truck culture, trialing an online food truck guide, where people can search for the real-time locations of some 24 food trucks that are “serving now” in the Brisbane City area. The Gold Coast City Council website also offers a list and descriptions of the 13 food trucks that hold permits to operate in the city in 2016-17.
CATCH A FOOD TRUCK NEAR YOU
* Every Friday and Saturday (4-10pm): Night Quarter Markets, Helensvale // www.nightquarter.com.au
* Every Friday and Saturday (4-10pm): Eat Street, Hamilton // www.eatstreetmarkets.com
* Oct 23 (noon-3pm): Park Food Trucks, New Farm Park // www.facebook.com/parkfoodtrucks
* Oct 28 (5-9pm): Eats and Beats at the Kingston Butter factory // www.facebook.com/eatsandbeatslogan
* Nov 27 (3-6pm): Park Food Trucks, Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens // www.facebook.com/parkfoodtrucks
Words // Nicholas Grech