Last night I had the pleasure of having dinner from a Food Truck!
Mobile catering isn't new - ice cream trucks and kebab vans have been around for years. What makes the new generation of Food Trucks exciting is that they're owned and run by restaurants, with the menus cooked by chefs. They stay open long after most restaurants close, in fact many don't start serving until 9pm. It's a real alternative to the usual burgers, pizza or kebabs available to anyone looking for a late dinner in the city. As a general rule, they serve a small menu, and tend to stick to one type of food. Last night the Eat Art Truck was serving mostly Things In a Roll, while the Bite Size Delights truck was selling fresh pastizzi.
So last night, rather than getting some nasty junk food or a terribly overpriced meal from a cafe, I had a fantastic roll with mustardy coleslaw, pulled pork and bourbon bbq sauce from the Eat Art Truck. I devoured it while watching fireworks over Luna Park. Best $15 dinner in ages!
I think 2013 is the year I hunt food trucks!
If you're interested in following Sydney's Food Trucks, there are couple of ways to do it. The first is to go to Twitter and look for @SydneyFoodTrucks - from there you can find out about individual trucks and where they are heading daily.
The City of Sydney Council also has apps for iPhone and Android that show the locations of the trucks. Because the Sydney Festival is currently running, most of them are operating in the CBD, particularly around the Domain.
If you're not in Sydney, then WhereTheTruck.At has maps showing active trucks across Australia.