The City of Melbourne has seemingly cracked under mounting pressure and has finally announced a plan to trial food trucks within council and city limits. Food trucks are an ever-growing phenomenon in Melbourne, but thus far have been largely confined to the trendy inner-Northern suburbs of Fitzroy, Collingwood, Brunswick, Northcote and Carlton, as well as across the Yarra River to the south in St Kilda.
Strict regulations have placed by various local councils have seen the placement of food trucks restricted to no closer than 100 metres to any established restaurant or take away store, unless they were closed. And the trucks have, by and large, had to set up near public parks, as setting up streetside would require planning permits, and has run into protest from residents and business owners.
But even despite that, the popularity of food trucks is ever growing, with a lot of them serving food of outstanding quality (this writer, for example, insists you will not find a better burger in Melbourne than the Raph Burger from Beatbox Kitchen).
So Melbourne Council has announced a trial plan to allow a dozen trucks permission to operate at 7 rotating inner city park sites from tomorrow until August.
Trucks announced for the trial are: Let’s Do Yum Cha, Lil’ Nom Noms, Afrofeast, Mr Burger, Round the Way Bagels, Gumbo Truck, Sliders on Tyres, Bahn Mi Boys, Mister Mueseli, Coffee Peddlr, and Happy Camper Pizza.
You’ll be able to find the trucks at various locations south-east of the CBD, such as near the National Gallery of Victoria, adjacent the Walkers Fountain, Boathouse Drive, Lansdowne Street at Treasury Gardens, the King George V Memorial, Gate D of the Royal Botanical Gardens and near the Shrine of Remembrance.
As always, for exact time and place for individual trucks, keep your eyes and ears peeled to their various social media channels. And prepare yourself for Melbourne City’s winter of good eats!
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via Good Food.