Food truck fun
NOTE: The Firetruck is now the Flying Dutchman. Check here for a list of current trucks.
We’re starting to get a few food trucks kicking around Wellington these days, and a small collection of them can be found at The Taranaki Wharf on Thursday afternoons and evenings (and a few on Wednesdays and Fridays). Go in the afternoon if you also want to check out the crafty stalls in the baby containers dotted around.
If the previous year’s form continues and the weather gods permit, this will be a weekly event right through until the end of March, so there’s plenty of time left to get yourself down there and sample the wares.
This week’s collection included The Greek Food Truck (souvlaki, haloumi and greek sausages), The Firetruck (smokey BBQ burgers), Curbside Café (lots of sliders), Nicce Chilean (hotdogs and empanadas), the Sichuan Spice trailer (street noodles and dumplings) and Santos Churros (for dessert).
I couldn’t go past The Firetruck’s BBQ pulled pork shoulder on brioche bun with fennel and bacon slaw, and chipotle mayo. Good smokiness without being overpowering and a pleasant mix of soft and crunchy on the tongue.
It was also pleasing to see them supporting other local artisans with Wooden Spoons’ ice cream sandwiches for afters (I can vouch for these from past experience!).
I think Wellingtonians should get out there and support the food trucks as they add a fun aspect to our cityscape, allow you to try many things in one location, and acknowledge the chance these brave souls are taking in trying to get this mobile industry into gear (pun intended).
For next week I’m eyeing up those street noodles ….