09 Apr Food Trucks Association Established
Food Service announces the establishment of the Food Trucks Association.
Viva Cantina – Viva Food Trucks!
A new organisation has been formed to support the interests and activities of food truckers across the country.
As the prevalence of food trucks across the country increases, a group of ‘truckers’ in Sydney have joined together to establish the Australian Food Trucks Association (AFTA).
The ten food truck operators founded the group in March with an aim to support the growing number of food trucks across Australia, helping owners to access services and assisting in their business operations and event organisation.
The not-for-profit organisation will also serve as an interface between suppliers, consumers and operators and ensure more local areas can access good quality food.
The group will focus initially on supporting the restaurant-cum-vehicles belonging to the City of Sydney Food Trucks Program before extending their reach further afield.
Founding member Stephanie Raco, from Cantina Movil, said the formation of the AFTA “will help support and strengthen the food trucking scene, here in Sydney and potentially Australia-wide.”
Fellow founder Yudi Loefti, from Tsuru, added: “As a united alliance we strive to be the resource hub for food truck operators nationwide and to work cooperatively with both private and governmental stakeholders to achieve a thriving future for this new industry.”
The other eight founders are Urban Pasta, Agape, Caminito, Sarazine-La Crêperie, Eat Art Truck, Monster Rolls, Nighthawk Diner and Bite Size Delights.
Sydney is not the only city with a thriving food truck scene. The foodie festival Eat Drink Perth, which runs until 24 April, includes a Food Truck Rumble featuring 30 of the 70 mobile food and beverage vendors operating in the city. The event is well supported, and the number of participating food trucks has doubled since it’s inaugural year in 2014 when 16 ‘trucked’ up.
Melbourne is touted as being the city with the largest food truck scene – the Lonely Planet travel guide lists the city’s food trucks as one of Australia’s best food experiences. It is thought around 80 foodie vehicles are currently operating in the city including Beatbox Kitchen, the first ‘proper’ food truck in Melbourne that hit the streets in 2009.
More details can be found on the members and aims of the AFTA on their website, www.australianfoodtrucksassociation.org.