Food trucks are racing towards Sydney
The team from Cantina Mobil preparing some items from their proposed menu for the taste test. (City of Sydney)
Until recently, eating a greasy kebab at 3 am was synonymous with a night out in Sydney – for the simple reason that not much else existed in the late-night food scene.
However, recent community feedback on how to make the city’s nightlife more dynamic prompted Lord Mayor Clover Moore (who also passed the small bars and restaurant bill that supports an alternative culture to bars with poker machines and televised sports) to bring the growing international food truck movement to Sydney’s hungry night owls.
Now, instead of flocking to less-than-healthy kebab shops, Sydneysiders will soon have 10 mobile eateries to choose from each night: Cantina Mobil, Bite Size Delights, Agape Organic, Tsuru, Taco Truck, Al Carbon, Burger Theory, Eat Art Truck, Let’s Do Yum Cha and Veggie Patch.
The food trucks are currently racing to get up and running, having already undergone a rigorous testing process that included a presentation of their business plan, a proposed theme and menu, and a cook-off.
Equipped with kitchens and chefs, the trucks will pop up at 13 designated spots around the city in the coming weeks, with possible locations including Belmore Park near Central Station, the Customs House Forecourt at Circular Quay, and nearby inner city suburbs like Pyrmont and Annandale. The trucks, which will serve everything from pastizzi to organic pizza to modern Australian cuisine, will run both day and evening, with several proposing to operate until 2 or 3 am.
Brooke Schoenman is the Sydney Localite for BBC Travel