The days are getting longer and ever so slightly warmer and the food trucks are kissing winter goodbye and gearing up for the silly season. Winter is the hardest time for food trucks. Less events, some markets shut down and street trading can be massively hindered by the cold and rain. Customers aren't as keen to come perch on a kerb and try the latest food truck delight and to be honest we don't blame them.
I'd say for our first winter we had a good one (mind you we did escape to the UK for a bit of sunshine for most of July!), highlights would be a regular spot at Moon Dog Brewery, getting fully involved at Yarraville Gardens and getting to know our food truck comrades, Emma and Boris's gorgeously relaxed wedding, Greazefest and more recently a wonderful private gig at Artedomus as part of the Melbourne Indesign event where we met some really great, creative people.
Low light would be the van breaking down. A couple of weeks ago we were heading to our second day at Trailer Park at Village Melbourne when we heard a big clunk clunk. Some screws had come loose around the drive shaft and pinged up and hit the gear stick bending it and make it unusable. We called Paris motors (our go to french vehicle experts!) but frustratingly they had road works out the front of their shop so we had to wait a week before we could get her in the shop. Which meant having to pull out of two private jobs and also a food truck festival with Village cinemas. Zak and i pride ourselves on being reliable and easy people to work with so it was just heartbreaking having to let these people down. Happily they were all very understanding and lovely and we managed to find a replacement for them (Thank you Paul at Soul Truck and Sonia and Remi at Happy Camper!). The van is due to be fixed by the end of this week so we can leave our breakdown stress with winter behind us!
One thing we will be sad to be leaving this winter are our yummy winter specials. We had:
N'duja - Soft, spicy Calabrian salami, cavolo nero, San Marazno tomato, fior di latte, parmesan, basil, olive oil
Zucca - Pumpkin, goats cheese, fior di latte, parmesan, basil, olive oil
Finocchio Salsicca - Pork and fennel sausage, wild broccoli, fior di latte, parmesan, basil, olive oil.
The were all delicious but my favorite was the N'duja, when the chilli oil oozed out of the salami and over the pizza it was pretty hard to resist. We've now got our thinking caps on for the spring specials, we're thinking asparagus, artichoke and spring greens so check out the menu soon to see our new additions!
Our calendar for the rest of the year and in to 2015 is filling up with weddings, birthday parties, markets, festivals, etc so if you think you might like Pizza Wagon at an event of yours we advise you to get in touch as early as you can to avoid disappointment.