The Food Van movement is well and truly established, and offers a really fresh, immediate and hugely varied choice in most cities worldwide. The limitations of the Food Van (e.g. a small kitchen) turns out to be their best feature as a consequence there is often a limited menu but this is done very well. Quality over quantity.
We thought we would highlight a few of these in today's Lifestyle post showing the evolution of the 'humble' food van!
Melbourne is the epicentre of the street food movement in Australia, with a huge choice of mobile food van offerings! Perhaps the most popular is the Beatbox Kitchen (shown above) with over 26,000 Facebook followers tracking it's daily locations to savour one of their renowned burgers.
London seems to provide the largest range of creatively adapted vehicles for the Food Van industry - with it's choice of vintage trucks such as the old Fire-Engine above which has been transformed into the "Well Kneaded Wagon" - serving up award winning wood-fired sourdough pizzas around the streets of London.
We also couldn't go past The Bowler serving up free-range meatballs all over London and at various Festivals in the Summer in their Lawn Ranger - the 'grass-fed' van
One example of the Food Van being the start of something much much more, is the Elephant Soup Van in Edinburgh. The creation of J P Campbell, who left the corporate world disillusioned and motivated to build a business that could have a more philanthropic goal at it's core. For every bowl of soup he sold - he also fed one person in need, through donating 30p per soup to a charity that supports feeding programs.
He has since left the soup van to co-found a foundation 'One Feeds Two' with the same principle but on a much larger scale, bringing together food businesses with charities that feed children in schools in developing countries. Take a quick look at the minute-long video below!
Now, perhaps taking the 'food' van to a whole new level, is the World's most intimate Martini Bar courtesy of Grey Goose Vodka! Cunningly disguised as a Boulangerie Francois (artisan bakery) delivery van (or Camionnette), specially invited guests were treated in Edinburgh recently to a very personal experience.
Those that were lucky enough to experience this, were given a private consultation regarding their taste preferences, and then treated to a bespoke specially blended martini! Each guest left with their own Grey Goose martini blend recipe so they could recreate this themselves.
We look forward to seeing where this charming little van pops up next!
We like to end on a high - and this is ably provided by The Rosebery - a stunning restored London Routemaster Double Decker Bus. The bottom deck contains a chic cocktail bar with a restaurant provided on the upper deck, which also has a pop-up roof. Available for private hire and corporate events, it can cater for up to 150 people, features a fully integrated sound system and two flat screen T.V's to catch all the action where-ever it is required.
Seen at various events in the U.K and Europe ranging from the Opera to Cannes Film Festival, The Rosebery is certainly a 'first class' version of the humble food van.
We love the food van concept, and the fact that we have to track down the whereabouts of our favourite depending on where we are and what night it is. As long as the food is fresh and tasty, the company good, we are happy! However, we can't deny that given half a chance, we'd love to have the next Detail Collective bash on The Rosebery......