Tuck into tasty treats in City parks

24 June 2016

Food trucks will start serving fresh tasty regional food in some of the City’s parks from tomorrow.

Chair of Community Services, Councillor Bob La Castra, said food trucks were a marriage of two of our favourite pastimes.

“This is about enjoying tasty food and our great outdoors. It’s going to provide park goers with a whole new experience,” he said.

A total of 14 food trucks have been approved so far, with four licenses issued to start this weekend.

There are 10 popular parks involved in the trial, which allows food trucks to operate on weekends and public holidays.

They include Pratten Park and Cascade Gardens in Broadbeach, Schusters Park Tallebudgera, Hinterland Regional Park Mudgeeraba, Pizzey Park Miami, Jabiru Island Park Paradise Point, Philip Park Main Beach, Macintosh Island Park Main Beach, Len Fox Park Labrador and Damian Leeding Park Oxenford.

The Gold Coast now boasts 258 licensed food trucks - an increase from 200 in 2013.

One of the first food trucks involved in the trial is Barraca Portuguese Grill.

Barraca owners, Christian and Sandra Vaughan, are of Portuguese heritage. Sandra spent much of her early life in Mozambique, taking Christian there after they met. Sandra’s mother ran some of South Africa’s best Portuguese restaurants, so food was always second nature to her.

“Mozambique is one of the most underrated tourist destinations of the world,” said Christian.

“That’s where Piri Piri comes from. All those shacks on the beach grilling seafood and meat – the food is amazing!”

Sandra said they were trying to create a different culture around food.

“It’s about food from the heart. Christian is always making this style of food at home, so we said ‘Why not?’ We even make all our own sauces.”

Successful food truck applicants were assessed against criteria including but not limited to; vehicle aesthetics, quality of the food, the use of local suppliers and key personnel.

The trial starts on Saturday 25 June and runs until the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018. 

Birds eye shot of the gold coast beaches and skyline.