The first gathering is happening this Friday 30 November from 11am to 3pm in Victoria Square/ Tarndanyangga.
It’s one of many exciting and fun projects happening as part of Splash Adelaide, a joint campaign by the State Government and Adelaide City Council that aims to bring our city streets and laneways to life over summer.
Acting Lord Mayor David Plumridge said that Splash events are about transforming city streets and squares into places for people.
“Food trucks have become enormously popular and bringing a whole lot of them together in one spot is sure to draw a crowd. It gives people a chance to experience a different food experience while supporting local, independent, small businesses,” David said.
There are around 25 food vendors registered to take part in the event with food ranging from Spanish, Mexican and vegetarian to coffee, desserts and ice cream. Vendors include La Cantina, Chimichurri Grill, Veggie Velo, Fair Espresso, Giro Gelato and the ever popular Burger Theory.
Event organiser Joe Noone said that Fork on the Road would create a delicious new type of market arrangement in the heart of the CBD.
“This is the first in a series of planned mobile food events. We’ve got another one in Hindmarsh Square on the 21st of December, and there’ll be more in the New Year,” Joe said.
“As well as a broad range of great food, there will also be live music so come on out and enjoy the sun, soak up the atmosphere and be part of this first-time crowd of food trucks.”
“Fork in the Road is just one of over 60 Splash Adelaide innovative projects that will appear around the city between now and the end of June 2013 – more than double the number of activations compared to last year,” David said.
“Splash is about collaborating with local businesses and the community and taking a quicker, cheaper, lighter approach to give new ideas a go. More people spending more time in the city is good for city activation and businesses.
“It’s also about fostering different and exciting food experiences on city streets, testing options, brightening up underused spaces and laneways and figuring out whether it works and is right for Adelaide.”
Veteran street vendor Rob Dean from Burger Theory was part of Splash Adelaide last summer and has continued to operate throughout the year. He is encouraged by the increase in the numbers of street food vendors.
“The variety of street food available now is really creating a food genre in its own right. It also adds colour and life to the city which can only be a good thing,” he said.
Community feedback is vital – tell us what you think of the Splash Adelaide initiatives via [email protected]
All feedback will be considered at the end of the program to determine what works for Adelaide and to assess areas for continued improvement.
Go to www.facebook.com/ForkontheRoadAdelaide for more information or follow Fork on the Road on Twitter @Fork_ontheRoad.
For further information and to stay tuned on Splash activities, head to www.splashadelaide.com.au and follow Splash Adelaide on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.