Let’s get ready to rumble! Last weekend saw the first of Perth’s food truck festival held at the Perth Cultural Centre, with food and drinks for sale from 16 different food trucks, ranging from pizza to Mexican to Brazilian to dude food to a whole range of desserts! It was a huge success with a massive turnout, thanks to Ai-Ling from the Food Endeavours of the Blue Apocalypse who single-handedly organised the whole event. Great work girl!
I arrived late in the afternoon and there were long queues to most of the food trucks, with a few telling us that there will be a half hour wait for the food. My friends and I bit the bullet and stood in line, not wanting to miss out. While waiting, I met a few old uni friends that I haven’t seen in ages! It was a great way to catch up!
The following are some of the items we purchased on the day:
- Comida Do Sul (Brazilian food truck) – this proved to be quite popular as the food was sold out by the time we got there. They were making a new batch of Coxinha ($3) which had a 15 minutes wait. My friend purchased the last one and was hungrily munching away while I was talking to him making me very envious. Boo! He said it was really good!
- Mojito Cantina (Mexican food truck) – we had the Taco Shell Chicken ($6.50) and Tortilla Chicken ($8). They were good fillers!
- Jumplings Tasty Dumplings – this was one of my favorite food truck as I fell in love with their dumplings ever since I tried the Duck Dumplings from the Vic Park Farmers Market. They were just so fresh and tasty. I had the Chilli Crab Dumplings ($12) this time round and they were also very nice! Worth the wait!
- The Merrywell Food Truck – I was quite excited about this food truck but the burgers didn’t turn out as nice as expected. We ordered the Mini Burgers ($10) and Merry Burger ($10). They tasted better at the actual restaurant. I’m not sure whether it was because there were too many orders and they had to rush to get the food out compromising on quality. They ran out of the Mac and Cheese Bites which was a pity.
- The Juicist - there were cold pressed juices on offer but we ended up with the Ginger Lemonade ($4.50). The syrup of ginger, lemon and honey was homemade using agave as the sweetener. I was quite skeptical with the syrup thinking that it would be too sweet but the Ginger Lemonade turned out really refreshing and it was not sweet at all. I really like it! Highly recommended!
- Churro Central – My friends were craving Churros so they ordered one each, one with chocolate sauce and the other caramel. I didn’t manage to try them but they looked good!
- Ben & Jerry’s Ice-Cream Truck – the reason why I didn’t get any churros was because I was saving stomach space to get some Ben & Jerry ice-cream! I first saw this in New York but did not get to try them until now. I had the medium cup consisting of 2 scoops ($6.90), the Coffee, Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! and the New York Super Fudge Chunk. They were so good and creamy! Love all the nuts found in the New York Super Fudge Chunk! There were pecans, walnuts and fudge covered almonds! Wow! Another highly recommended!
Besides the food and drinks truck, there were also activities for the kids and various performances throughout the day. I managed to catch the swing dance whilst waiting in line. Very entertaining!
All in all, it was a great event despite the long wait for food and drinks. There was a lovely buzz in the atmosphere and it was awesome to see people chilling and enjoying themselves with their family and friends!
Narration by: Miss L