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Food trucks to roll out for Sydney’s late night crowds

Sydney’s first food truck operators chosen to feed late-night crowds
23 January 2012

Meals on wheels for late night food on the go
A fleet of 10 food trucks has been chosen to deliver quality food at all hours, Lord Mayor Clover Moore announced today.

A food truck is a mobile eatery that travels to different locations in the city. A panel of food experts chose the successful operators in a selection process that included a cook-off challenge.

The 10 successful operators will serve up exciting new food options including modern Australian from a former Tetsuya’s sous chef, steamed yum cha, and veggie burgers from a truck shaped like a barn – complete with herb garden on the roof.

The operators chosen are:

Agape, Al Carbon, Bite Sized Delights, Burger Theory, Cantina Mobil, Eat Art Truck, Let’s Do Yum Cha, Taco Truck, Tsuru, Veggie Patch

“When we asked people what they wanted to make Sydney’s night-life more dynamic and diverse, they told us they wanted food trucks,” the Lord Mayor said.
 
“Food trucks have taken off in LA, London and other major cities by offering good-quality food in a quick, affordable and fun way. We’re taking it a step further by ensuring that Sydney’s food truck operators serve high-quality food and meet the highest health and environmental standards.

Ten operators were chosen from more than 30 applicants when the City sought expressions of interest last year.

Sydney food truck applicants went through a rigorous testing process that included looking at their business plans and background, and compliance with health and waste management codes.

The operators can now fit out their trucks, which will start to hit the streets in coming weeks.

The City is lodging development applications for 13 sites across the Local Government Area where the trucks can operate. Likely sites include Belmore Park and Customs House Forecourt and Sydney Park.

The 10 food truck operators will be the only ones with permits to use the sites, and they will be required to move between locations during the night. The trial will run for a year, and a detailed analysis will follow.

Opening hours will depend on the location and when existing restaurants and cafes close. A smartphone app being developed by the City will soon provide a real-time map, links to food truck menus and other details.

John Hart, CEO of Restaurant and Catering Australia, and one of the cook-off judges, said: “The City has done a great job in understanding what the city needs, understanding what Sydney’s all about, and facilitating an extension of our food culture.”.  Sydney Morning Herald food critic Terry Durack, added: “I think the food truck experience is made for our lifestyle.”

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