THOUSANDS of people crowded between rows of shipping containers to chew, chomp and slurp their lunch and dinner as Adelaide’s street food revolution gained pace yesterday.
More than 30 trucks, vans, cycles and other mobile vendors gathered for the Fork on the Road event at The Depot, a new venue built for the Fringe on the site of the old Franklin St bus depot.
People chose from a huge range of food including Argentinian grills, Mexican tacos, Cambodian rolls, sand-wiches and burgers, as well as cakes, churros and other sweets. Drinks included home-made lemonade and a chilled coffee.
The event was an ideal preview for the fare that will be offered during the Fringe and Adelaide Festival, when many of these food trucks will be out and about in the city streets.
Our team of reviewers, many contributors to The Advertiser Food Guide, were on the ground to find what is best.
Among our favourites were the Reuben-style corned beef sandwich from Sneaky Pickle, Simon Bryant’s vegetarian offerings and the inspired fruit-based iceblocks from Loca Pops.
Fork on the Road is organised by Joe Noone, a food lover who saw the success of similar festivals in the US.
He is tapping into the huge growth in food trucks since the Adelaide City Council opened the streets to them as part of the Splash Adelaide program.
Making strong use of social media through Twitter and Facebook, he has attracted thousands of people, and a growing number of trucks, to similar events in Hindmarsh and Victoria squares.
Mr Noone believes the food trucks are changing the feel of Adelaide.
“It’s bringing new activity to the city and getting people outside and into squares and different places that they might not normally go,” he said.
“They are breaking the mould of what standard lunches and dinners are.”
Ashlee Smart, 21, and her boyfriend Hayden Chooi, found their lunch at WienerBago.
“Having all the food in one place is really good,” Ashlee said.
“They don’t sell this kind of food in most other food shops.”
“I love hot dogs and a good serve of sauerkraut,” Hayden said.
“I love trying new things to eat and this is a great event to do it.”