Over the past few years food trucks have become synonymous with Melbourne’s vibrant and multicultural food culture.
Greek Australians know all too well that food has a way of bringing people together and in the process creates a greater sense of community that can sometimes be lacking in busy urban centres of the world.
So in a bid to fill that void the Australian Mobile Food Vendors Groups (AMFVG) has established the Food Truck Park in Preston.
Operating every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the setup has a festival atmosphere and features a different food theme each week, with a Greek Food Festival heading to the site in the peak of summer early next year.
In a bid to make the food truck culture accessible to people across the city, AMFVG has launched a new season of events for its Food Truck Festival initiative over the next year.
The programme will see the festival expanding beyond Preston and heading to untapped areas of Melbourne with some of the city’s best food trucks, a craft beer bar, artisan markets and entertainment.
“The food truck culture is [a] huge part of this city and now we want to share the love of street food in new neighbourhoods craving cultural events,” said co-director, Frank Rusitovski.
“Our plan is to take these events on the road and interstate over the next year.”
Frankston locals were the first off the bat to experience the festival. The season kicked off earlier this month with the Seaside Street Food Festival.
Over 50 operators were on rotation making it the largest food truck line-up in Melbourne’s history, and included Hellenic favourites such as Greek Street Food, The Greek Trojan Yiros, and for something sweet, Lukumades, among a host of others.
Over the next two months, as the weather warms up, the AMFVG are teaming up with local councils and communities to encourage growth of the food truck movement, and will head to Mernda, Werribee, and Broadmeadows for three five-day long events.
Check the details below and pencil them into your diaries:
The Food Truck Festival Mernda: Mernda Recreational Reserve, Schotters Rd, Mernda, 15 – 19 November.
The Food Truck Festival Werribee: Presidents Park, Cnr Heaths Rd & McGrath Rd, Werribee, 22 – 26 November.
The Food Truck Festival Broadmeadows: Broadmeadows Valley Park, Barry Rd, Broadmeadows, 29 November – 3 December.
Meanwhile the Food Truck Festival will also be doing a stint at the Village Cinemas Coburg Drive-in (155 Newlands Rd, Coburg North) this month on Monday 30 and Tuesday 31 October and on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November.
More locations and events to be announced in the coming months. For more information, visit thefoodtruckpark.com.au, or get social at facebook.com/thefoodtruckfestivalau and instagram.com/thefoodtruckfestival