If Melbourne is so open-minded about food, why doesn’t it have a street-food culture? The rise of food trucks, night markets and the phrase ‘hawker food’ on menus shows we’re hungry for it, but there are some deep-seated reasons why it isn’t happening.
We were told the Churro Truck attract crowds, expecting it to be quite an easy find (simply find a spot where there are loads of people lining up for churros) but turns out it was a quiet day at the market.
The reason food stalls are non-existent and food trucks few and far between in Melbourne is down to existing food retailers seeking to stifle competition. The City of Melbourne has approved space for only nine food trucks and, moreover, none of them are in the CBD.
The Mobile Kitchen will travel around Victoria over the coming two and a half years in an effort to spread Jamie’s message and teach Victorian’s how to get back to basics in the kitchen.
POPULAR Melbourne food trucks that have been allowed to operate at Docklands to add variety and activity to the precinct have been banned after complaints from local traders.
Food trucks appear to have stormed into Melbourne