Stumbling upon a new food truck while out and about is like a little portal into a new dimension.
One moment you’re minding your own business, next there’s homecooked food where you least expect it.
And we’re not talking a quick sandwich or microwaved pie, there’s a whole bunch of awesome food trucks around serving banquets fit for a top-class restaurant.
Like the food, the food truck packaging comes in some downright wacky creations from converted horseboxes to VW convertible campervans.
Despite 2020 being a year of chaos, and a complete lack of events and festivals in the UK, there are a few new kids on the block ready to make a saucy splash on the food truck scene.
Keep your eyes peeled next time you go out, you’ll quickly stumble upon a local pizza van.
Every local village seems to have its pizza night where a food truck pulls up for the evening. Plus you’ll find some sort of offering at every street food market and festival.
So what makes Flanco Pizza so awesome?
Well, they’ve taken the concept and let their imaginations run wild.
Serving out of a converted Rice horsebox, you can grab a Neapolitan style pizza with a twist.
Leave your ideas of ‘Italian pizza toppings’ at the gate, this is banging pizza mixed with British flavours.
If the smell doesn’t draw you over with excitement, then take a look at the hand-painted truck, including pizza puns and what is becoming an iconic spaceship to ‘beam you up to the land of Flanco Pizza.
Cuban and Key West surf food.
I know what you’re thinking, sounds tasty, but what does that mean exactly?
Well, we’re talking slow-cooked meat sandwiches, grilled meats in buns, even the odd stew all intertwined with melted cheese and Cuban spice.
The Cubanitos van is one of the most eye-catching ones about too! Completely built from scratch, it wouldn’t look out of place on a tropical beach rather than the streets of Manchester.
Good luck walking past this one without stopping for a picture and a helping of meat with extra slaw.
Prime meat cooked slow and low.
You could easily walk past The Smoked Thistle without batting an eye.
It’s a humble black truck marked with the flag of Scotland.
But you won’t walk much further once the smell reaches your inquisitive nostrils.
Slow cooked meats, oozing with tenderness and succulence. My mouth is watering just writing this.
In many ways, the black Smoked Thistle truck matches what you’re about to taste, discarding all frills and pretensions, leaving just tender mouthfuls of smokiness.
Brisket, burgers, ribs, wings, must I go on..?
The Smoked Thistle cooks up prime meat, cooked in an American style smoker, low and slow for hours and hours, with lots of basting and TLC. The result? Gorgeous, tender, and flavoursome awesomeness.
If you’re like me, grabbing a fresh coffee when you’re out and about is one of life’s little treats.
Even more enjoyably when it comes from a little local business rather than a big coffee house.
Blush and Bramble is one of life’s big treats!
A 1970’s caravan beautifully converted to serve coffee, pastry and cakes.
It goes without saying that it’s a DELICIOUS warming coffee, but it’s the caravan that leaves you with a smile on your face.
You’ll find them around the Sussex countryside or along with Worthing beach if you’re out for a weekend stroll.
A classic and romantic vibe plus a good cup, double thumbs up!
I first came across The Prickly Pear when stuck in traffic and it immediately caught my interest.
A quick Insta search revealed a Mexican delight, we’re talking tacos, tacos, and more tacos.
It took a lot of will power not to follow the truck to its final destination, but I would soon return to them.
It’s not just your regular flavours either, the ever-changing menu is packed full of local and homegrown treats.
Even a classic fish taco is brought to life with tangy pickles and chipotle.
As they say “We enjoy the freedom to be creative with the ingredients we use, whilst celebrating our love for Mexico.”
The Rub brings wood-smoked meat to the street.
Once a horsebox seemingly at the end of its life, now has been converted into the ultimate wood smoked meat trailer.
Based in Milton Keynes, The Rub puts all the ingredients together for a mouthwatering feast.
They put love and time into everything coming out of the truck. Locally sourced meats are prepared and cooked for more than 10 hours!
And when someone tells me there’s ribs, chicken or pork cooked for that long I instantly know one thing.
Plus add to the flavours with tangy slaw, pineapple salsa and a mac ‘n’ cheese.
Keep an eye out for the instantly recognizable red neon strip resembling the hot coals of a wood smoker and you won’t regret it!
Bubbles & Beer Bar is a converted Italian Piaggio Ape, loving transformed into a prosecco and Peroni bar.
It’s nothing but nifty!
A three wheeling Italian bar ready to race off to thirsty partygoers and do two things, refresh and make you smile
The dinky van is stealthily built, measuring just 1.5m x 3m, making it perfect for smaller parties and events.
Covered in its unique green floral design it’s just at home in a field as a stunning wedding venue.
Ice cold prosecco and Peroni on tap, what’s not to like!
Man, you could put on an epic food festival with just those 7 vans, trailers and three-wheeler food trucks listed above. There’s slow-cooked meats, pizza spaceships, beachside snacks, cold beer and a coffee to finish it all off.Last updated on Jan 27, 2021