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Food trucks really come into their own on hot summer nights. People love getting outside with finger-lickin'-good food, especially on a rug in a park, with a couple of stubbies by their sides.
But meals on wheels are a strange thing. Here one day in Coburg the next. Stab it with your fork before it drives off into the darkness as you never quite know when or where you might find that great meal again.
Food trucks chase the crowds, so if you do want a repeat performance of that great burrito, gourmet burger or hawker style curry it pays to know where to go.
One safe bet, for finding your favourite food trucks are the myriad of festivals on between now and March. For example the forthcoming Melbourne Summer Latin Festival is bound to have food trucks turning out plenty of tortillas, tamales, tacos, salsas and guacamole. Even Stonnington's Sunset Sounds (a set of free twilight concerts in parks) will be inviting in the food trucks. As food trucks tend to be mostly an inner-city phenomena this is a great plus.
But beyond festivals and events the only sure bet this summer to find great food truck fare are the following places.
There was a test run during winter to see how patrons liked having a circle of food trucks in the middle of the drive-in. It was such a wonderful success that the plan is to keep the food trucks on throughout the year.
If you are interested in finding out more about the venue I have written and photographed this tasty, atmospheric experience here.
Where: Village Cinema Coburg Drive In
When: The following are the dates for January
January 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 -30 but keep your eyes on the Village Drive-in website for dates coming up after that.
Yarraville Gardens Food Trucks
Lined up and waiting for you
This site has been in the news quite a bit because the Maribyrnong council tried to limit the number of food trucks at the Yarraville Gardens. As you might suspect there was a huge community backlash (people cannot live without their beloved food trucks) and other councils even begged the food trucks to come to them. So the council gave up quite quickly.
Lovely thing about this venue is that it is right on a park so bring a blanket, a few beers, and enjoy!
This one is down St Kilda Road. So if you need some sustenance to soak up the alcohol after a night in the city then you can catch a tram down. Or simply go there for a great night out in and of itself. This is a particularly lovely venue, with an historic building in the backdrop, fairy lights and an outdoor food court made up of Melbourne's finest food trucks. There is also an indoor dining hall (that looks like something out of Harry Potter Hogwarts) and a full bar. They are even holding a New Years Eve bash called Trailer Trash.
Brunswick food trucks are a little harder to pin down so you really have to follow their Facebook page. But they certainly converge for some great events.A few weeks ago they organised a free showing of Ferris Bueller's Day Off at Gilpin Park, Brunswick. So let's hope they keep coming up with other such great ideas to get people out of their apartments and houses. You will often find the food trucks at any of Brunswick's numerous markets. There are always a huge number at the new Batman Market which is open every weekend.
This one is pretty new having only opened in October. The photo above probably says all you need to know. It shows La revolution, 3 Lil Monsters, Greek street food, Big Cook Little Cook, Toasta,Gorilla grill, Seņor Churos. Wow! What a great line-up and there is a park with a playground as well.
So these places should help you flag down your favourite food truck meal. When in doubt you can also use the app, aptly named Where the Truck which clearly shows you on a map where your favourite food truck is.