The Brisbane City Council has called for tenders for mobile food facilities.
The self-contained food and beverage trucks will be located in 11 different parks and reserves around the city, including in the suburbs of Chermside, Manly, Calamvale, South Brisbane and Kangaroo Point.
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the initiative presents a great opportunity for both food and beverage vendors and residents.
“Depending on the success of the trial program, food and beverage vendors may also be used for popular park programs such as food festivals, movies in the park, seasonal events and events such as music, moveable furniture or chess boards,” he said.
The city’s first food truck, The Bun Mobile, has now been in operation for a year. The bright, gourmet food truck serves hand-crafted steam buns across Brisbane and is gaining a strong reputation among locals.
“It’s quick, fresh, healthy, affordable and accessible – with a great bite to eat under $10,” The Bun Mobile owner Catherine said.
“When we started out we would make every bun ourselves. However the demand is now so high we have teamed up with a local Asian baker.
“We post our location and our products on Facebook and Twitter each day and regularly take on board their feedback and requests.”
The ‘pop-up’ food truck trend has taken off around the world in recent years, particularly in North America and the UK. Curbside Bliss Cupcakes in Toronto, Canada, was recently awarded the title of 2012 Innovator of the Year by Bakers Journal Canada for its freshly baked gourmet cupcakes, sold from a mobile cake kitchen.