14 June 2014 by Denise Slabbert

Joburg’s fabulous food trucks

Johannesburg’s food trucks are a colourful addition to the city’s rich cultural and cuisine scene. Whether you like burgers, boerewors (farmers’ sausage), sweet treats or coffee, there’s a food truck to meet every craving.

5 Star Street Chef, one of Joburg's popular food trucks. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions

Mobile food has been part of the Joburg urban landscape for many years. While certainly not of the 'designer' variety, vans, trucks and mobile units on street corners have been making meals for workers for years. In the past few years, though, the food-truck concept has become hip and trendy. And with an assortment of fun trucks offering a variety of options – whether coffee, frozen yoghurt or burgers from Serbia – the Joburg food scene is richer for it.

Balkan Burger is run by a sister/brother team that peddles authentic Serbian burgers from its colourful red truck. You'll find Balkan Burgers at a number of fun events in and around town, but also at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein on Saturdays, the Fourways Food Market every Sunday, and sometimes at Market on Main in Maboneng.

Food is love. Balkan Burger truck sign. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama Productions

The StrEAT Cuisine truck is often found in and around the main business hubs of Johannesburg (think Rosebank and Wierda Valley in Sandton), as well as at major music and sporting events. Its food is locally inspired and the menu changes seasonally (the halloumi wrap and deconstructed cheesecake are definitely worth leaving home for). 

Street smarts: the StrEAT Cuisine truck. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama

Joburgers are serious coffee addicts, so thank goodness for the Full of Beans three-wheeled Vespa trike that sees to the city's caffeine needs. Whether you want a skinny flat white, an Americano or an espresso on the go, Full of Beans will provide your fix. There are yummy cookies and snacks on offer too.

Latte lashings: Full of Beans coffee Vespa. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama

Moveable feasts is what the Treat frozen yoghurt van is all about. The good news is that this pink and white van appears out of the ether at Jozi's main events, offering sweet treats and decadent frozen yoghurt. You'll also find it at the various foodie markets around town.

Treat, the ultimate frozen-yoghurt van. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama

If paella is your thing, then make sure you find the Tutto food truck. These guys arrive in their bumble-bee-coloured combi, offload enormous pans (enough to feed a small country) and make the most delicious paella you'll find this side of, well, Marbella to Madrid. Once everyone has had their fill, they pack it all up and head off to the next main event. The regular menu features 'Afro-Meditteranean' cuisine. Do try the flatbread wraps with brinjals, hummus and Middle Eastern flavours.

Tutto food truck with its bold colours. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling Lama

Vuyo's red and white trucks offer the best boerewors rolls in town, chicken wings, potjiekos (stew made in a cast-iron pot) and other great South African and township food. Inspired by a TV ad, entrepreneur Miles Kubekha made the fictional TV character 'Vuyo' a reality by launching the mobile vending vans that offer South African staples. Kubheka (and Vuyo) continue to inspire young entrepreneurs as the brand offers franchise opportunities.

Good township food available from Vuyo's truck. Image courtesy of Ryan James/Darling LamaProductions

For something quite special, the Down to Earth Farm Feast truck offers the ultimate mobile food experience in unconventional locations in Gauteng. It is the brainchild of two best friends, Dany Krynauw and Danielle Strydom, who transformed an old Bedford bus into a foodie experience. Their feasts take place on farms around Gauteng (they will also happily put together a feast in an urban setting). The aim of the business is 'to reconnect people with the origins of food'. They are militant about using the best quality local produce, and their meals and feasts are almost theatrical experiences. They'll host a feast in a strawberry field, a community garden or deep in a forest (and they also do weddings).

The Down to Earth Farm Feast Bedford truck. Image courtesy of Down to Earth Farm Feasts
Feasting out in the country. Image courtesy of Down to Earth Farm Feasts

Category: Food & Wine

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