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Published July 19th 2015
More tempting treats from a food truck
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Two of Three Sisters in the Cargo Food Van at the Riverbank Precinct


A sunny but cool winter day brought football fans out in force to Elder Park. At the Adelaide Oval a record crowd were about to see Port Power and the Adelaide Crows fight it out, but in Elder Park a Fork on the Road was feeding the masses in style.

Around thirty food trucks catered for the crowd, with free activities for kids conveniently located nearby. Jugglers put on free family entertainment, and live music set the tone. Large screen TV's were strategically placed around the football fan zone, subtly reminding us that Elder Park is part of the government's riverbank precinct vision as they relayed the footy fun from Adelaide Oval.

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Jugglers Put On Free Family Entertainment and Activities for Kids at Fork on the Road


As always I scanned to search for any new food trucks, although they seem to be rarer now that council has increased licence fees. Initially tempted by Orexi the Greek Souvlaki food truck, I then spotted the Cargo Food Van nearby.

The Cargo Food Van is operated by three sisters from Adelaide who love their overseas travel, and offers tastes from around the world. Since the three sisters individually made separate trips to Europe, Asia and South America, it is not surprising that their menu includes elements from each of the continents.

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Cargo Food Van Menu Choice Board at Elder park


Despite it being only its second appearance at a Fort on the Road, the Cargo Food Van had a horde of hungry people keenly waiting to order. I decided to go for the Louisiana buffalo wings with blue cheese dipping sauce for $10, which was billed as a starter. Watching the alternative menu choices being dished out only heightened my appetite - chicken and waffles, baja crispy fish tacos, and 12 hour adobo pork tacos all looked great. There were no vegetarian or vegan choices on the day.

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Louisiana Buffalo Wings - Very Moreish


Ten minutes later my Louisiana buffalo wings arrived - with a bonus wing thrown in for being tardy. The succulent tender wings were served in a sturdy cardboard tray, and came with a small tub of cheesy dipping sauce and some sticks of crisp celery. With a mildly spicy chilli flavour the wings were very more-ish, and I attacked the slippery suckers steadily as the riverbank precinct filled for the footy fight.

The blue cheese flavour in the dipping sauce was not strong, and complemented the delicious wings well, while the sticks of celery were a welcome break from the chicken. I did regret my decision not to grab a fork with the napkins as I spent too much time licking my fingers. For an appetiser sized meal the Louisiana buffalo wings are well sized and make a great snack.

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Chicken and Waffles From the Three Sisters


I sneaked a look at the other menu choices as they were finished, and all were well sized. While I was there most people were ordering the wings or the chicken and waffles, but apparently the tacos also sold well. What I liked most about the Cargo Food Van was the variety on the menu - many of the other food trucks tend to offer a narrower range of cuisine. The menu will change frequently and reflect the range of world foods that the girls experienced on their travels.

Cargo Food Van also offers private catering and has a variety of four different menus to choose from. There's pretty much something to suit everybody's taste if you're holding a large function.

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Crispy Baja Fish Taco


For more about the Cargo Food Van and where you can experience some of their fabulous flavours, head over to their website or follow the ladies on Facebook to learn of their latest culinary creations. After my first taste at the riverbank precinct yesterday, I'll certainly be checking out what the three sisters are serving at the next Fork on the Road.
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Why? Enjoy unique international food flavours from these three sisters
Phone: 0451 946 718
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It looks good - will have to check them out on a Thu/Fri lunchtime in town one week
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This one sounds good!
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