The inaugural food truck rumble was held recently in Perth as part of the Eat Drink Perth festival, which is on for the entire month of April. Ai-Ling, a Perth food blogger and Chairperson of the Eat Drink Blog Conference last year organised it all on her own and my, she did a great job!
Perth has a fantastic and ever growing food truck culture. I’ve tried the food of many of these trucks at the Perth Hawkers Market, farmers markets and other events and festivals and find that on the whole thay provide tasty fresh food at reasonable prices. Most have an international flava and offer something that perhaps we’ve not tried before.
17 Food trucks rumbled into the grounds of the Perth Cultural Centre (Northbridge). The crowds were expected to be big and they were huge! I had anticipated the popularity, so opted to arrive early, it started at 11am, for an early lunch. It was open all day till 8pm, but many of the vendors had long since run out of their food stocks and shut up shop by then. Here’s who was involved:
- Comida do Sul (Brazilian Food)
- Mojito Cantina
- Butty’s (US style burgers and cheesy fries)
- Churro Central
- Cocktail Gastronomy (pop up bar)
- Vince’s Mobile Wood Fire Pizza
- Delish Ice
- Franklin Foodies (Ffoodies)
- Hey Pesto
- Lil Tortilla Boi
- Jumplings (Amazing dumplings)
- The Merrywell Food Truck
- Kustom Cupcakes
- Little Caesars Pizzette
- Miam Miam (Crepes)
- Miss Tartufo (Gelati, sorbet and coffee)
- The Juicist (Freshly pressed juices)
Also permanent residents to the Cultural Centre – Ben & Jerry’s Ice-cream and Polly Coffee Bar joined in.
I tried the Merrywell’s new food truck. Like all food trucks, they run with a fairly limited menu, but there were burgers and the famous mac and cheese bites to choose from. I had a Merry Burger ($10). The burger was totally lush, tasty patty and cheese oozing out the sides. We found a shady spot on the steps to eat and I ended up with sauce dripping down my arm – what a grot!
I can safely say that we’ve never passed the Delish Ice caravan without making a purchase! Little Chef tucked into a salted caramel ice pop, which after a bit of convincing him to let me have a nibble, I found it was indeed delish! I also wanted to try some juice from the Juicest, but the queues soon grew really long and Little Chefs little legs were tired! There was also live entertainment and a few kids rides. It was a lovely family friendly event. I’m not too sure what Ai-Ling’s future plans are, regarding when the Food Truck Rumble will return, but given the overwhelming response I’m sure that it will. We’ll be there with bells on!!