Words by: Carly Hong Photography by: Mr LB
Finding it hard to locate your favourite food truck or want to try something unique for a weekend meal? Then Trailer Park is your answer. The concept is simple – an organised gathering of various Melbourne food trucks in one venue throughout August and September. The result? An exciting array of trucks and carts all lined up for your culinary enjoyment!
Trailer park features some well-known Melbourne food trucking institutions such as Beatbox Kitchen and Gumbo Kitchen alongside some new arrivals, such as The Brulee Cart. Located at “Village Melbourne” (ex-Belgium Beer Café, St Kilda) the trucks congregate each Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm. The food truck line up that will be sharing the courtyard for August include:
Beatbox Kitchen – A food truck true to its name with a boom box exterior serving up tasty burgers. The menu consists of two burgers named Raph (beef) and Schroom (vegetarian) with all the added extras of fresh salad, gouda cheese, onions and a ‘stereo’ sauce (tangy mayonnaise). Alternatively try something smaller with their shoestring fries and your choice of tomato relish, spicy tomato relish or stereo sauce.
Gumbo Kitchen – Dishing up a classic southern-style Louisiana fare, the offerings include buns stuffed with ingredients like deep fried shrimp, oysters or a ‘beef debris’. Try the warming gumbo stews available which are a nice treat for those wanting to keep away from the cold, or the potato salad with its mixture of creamy slaw and spuds.
Cornutopia – A neat little taco van with a menu boasting fresh tacos stuffed with fish, chicken or beef. The corn off a cob is a hit with its spicy ranch dressing. Add to that some side sauces which you can help yourself to, including a spicy chipotle sauce with a serious kick!
The Curry Truck – Aromatic curries come with moreish Samosas encased in a lightly fried pastry with Raita dip. The Chicken Tikka Masala is punchy with a defining tomato based sauce. Great little dishes for a fast meal with the use of spices – not as heavy handed as your traditional Indian meal.
The Brulee Cart – As the new kids on the block they are certainly one to try, providing the crunch of sugar being caramalised before your very own eyes and the smooth creamy vanilla custard beneath. A must try to finish off your Trailer Park adventures. For something different try the Chocolate Brulee made out of Nutella. These little desserts contain just the right amount of sweetness with a texture that won’t leave you feeling over indulgent.
The dawning of Spring will also bring a new rotation of trucks including White Guy Cooks Thai, Chingon Taco Truck, Souvlaki Cart, Mutter Krause and Rue de Crêperie. What better way to welcome the warmer weather?
The trailer park will be running to the end of September. More information about the Trailer Park can be found here.
Sat – Sun: 12pm – 8pm