12 Nov 2019
Who doesn’t love a good food truck? Simple, unique food – often cooked well – enjoyed outdoors on a balmy evening is hard to beat so we’ve rounded up a list of Fremantle’s best food truck locations this summer.
There’s no denying the rapid rise in popularity of food trucks in recent years, but selling nosh on the curbside is certainly nothing new.
Thought to have originated in ancient Greece where small fried fish were sold on the street, street food was also widely consumed in ancient Rome and China by poor city residents without access to ovens or hearths.
Now, street food is consumed globally, particularly in urban areas where people struggle to keep up with the cost of living and their fast-past lifestyles. In India alone, over 2.5 billion people eat street food daily and in western countries, the culture has been adopted via the increasingly popular food truck movement. As of March of 2019 there were more than 23,000 food trucks in the U.S. doing about $1 billion worth of business annually.
And why not? Food trucks are fun, and have the ability to bring fresh food to an area or event quickly and conveniently. They represent a laid-back casual way of eating, often under the stars on up-turned crates, or plastic tables and chairs. And the best part – they have the ability to offer a wide range of well-cooked international cuisines at affordable prices.
If you’re looking to indulge in some seriously good local street food this summer, read on for the best food truck locations across Fremantle.
Held each Monday night during summer under the old traffic bridge at the East Street Jetty in East Fremantle, Under the Bridge is run by The Freo Food Truck Collective, a group of local food truck operators who aim to offer a unique collection of food truck experiences.
Now in its third year, the event is family (and dog) friendly, starts at 5pm and includes operators such as Eat No Evil (fresh, seasonal, globally-inspired street food), Piadina Nonna Pina (homemade Italian flat bread filled with goodies), Juice Palace Fremantle (fresh smoothies, juices and healthy food including vegan options) and The Rare Flower (authentic Hungarian street food), among others. You’ll also enjoy live music.
Sunshine Harvester Works is essentially a warehouse space on James Street, Fremantle, that provides start-ups a platform to connect with the community. As part of that vision, the venue throws open its doors every Friday night to treat customers to some of the best street food in Perth.
While the roster of vendors is continuously rotating, regulars include Dingo Dining Experience where renowned local check Leigh Nash creates modern Asian street food including twice-cooked beef rib with green papaya. Bumplings offers Brendan Pang’s (of Masterchef fame) mouth-watering Chinese dumplings. And as the name suggests, Rays Satays makes a mean meat-on-a-stick however, owner Ray also makes incredible curries and rotis. New to the line-up is Fish Boss, serving sustainable and utterly delicious fish and chips.
Vendors start serving from 6pm but get there early to grab a good seat.
Located on the grounds of Fremantle College (formerly South Fremantle High School), the Growers Green Farmer’s Market is one of the most eclectic places to spend a lazy Sunday morning. Running from 8am until midday, it offers a diverse range of stall holders selling everything from organic fruit and veg, free-range eggs and honey to fresh flowers, organic dog food, handmade clothing and everything in between.
There is also a wide selection of food trucks and street food stalls, so while you’re chatting to the growers and enjoying the live music you can refuel with a fair-trade coffee, fresh juice, or hearty breakfast – if available, the shak shuka and crepes are incredible!
Previously known as the Fly By Night Club, the new Freo Social combines a live music space (the Entertainment Hall), four bars, creative co-working spaces, a playground and a permanent food truck.
While the food truck menu changes seasonally, the food here is done two ways – firstly there are the rotisserie and barbecued meats, and then there are the American diner-style classics. This spring, get into the traditional cheese burger, calamari banh mi or charcoal chicken (among other yummy choices). There’s also a range of smaller dishes such as chicken wings, fries and croquettes, sweet treats, share plates and kids’ meals.
There’s more than just awesome food trucks at the South Beach Sunset Markets. There’s also live music, kids’ entertainment, an animal farm, face painting and – as its name suggests – the incredible Indian Ocean sunsets.
This year, the markets kick off on Saturday December 7 and will continue right through summer on Saturday evenings from 5pm until 9pm. If it is the food you’re coming for you’ll find a rotating roster serving cuisine from around the globe, and a pop-up bar serving ice-cold beer, wine and other beverages.
While you’re waiting for your favourite food truck event, find healthy internationally-inspired take away food options in-store at The Black Truffle.