The mobile food craze has really taken off in South Africa, and followers now have a fantastic range of food vans, tuktuks and caravans from which to choose, serving anything from boerie rolls, burgers and bunny chows to vegan-friendly fare. For the first time this year, Best Food Truck is also a category in the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries. You can have your say by rating and reviewing your favourites here.
5 Star Street Chef
A Martha’s MOJO food truck, this mobile kitchen supplies local foods with a twist, made from local, seasonal ingredients. Try dishes like gourmet burgers, bobotie and yellow rice, boerewors skewers, and Durban curry bunnies with sambals. They usually pull up at markets and expos. Find them on Twitter @5Star_chef.
Another Martha’s MOJO brand, this newbie truck serves trendy tacos containing drunken chicken or beef chilli con carne. The refried beans tacos are popular with vegetarians and vegans, but pretty much everyone else too. The green pork, made with real green tomatillos and cilantro-lime rice, is a winner, as are the Mexican-style sandwiches (tortas) and burgers and sliders. Everything is homemade. Find them at most Joburg expos and markets and on Twitter @amexicanofoodtruck.
These guys still have the coolest logo and packaging. That red-and-black mustachioed profile signals burgers with really good, hand-ground beef patties, super-spicy red-pepper sauces and moreish Serbian kashkaval cheese tucked into soft sesame buns. (The characterful cooker-bus features in the latest Hunters TV ad.) Find them at the Fourways Farmers Market on Sundays, Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays, and on Wednesdays to Fridays from September they’ll be at Benmore for lunch. Another bigger, better Balkan bus is being built with a fancier kitchen for creating more intricate street foods. Follow them on Twitter @balkanburgerbus and Instagram @BalkanBurger.
Cajun Joe’s Food Co.
A great new family-owned addition to the mobile food scene, Cajun Joe’s can be found at Locrate, music shows like Emmarentia Live, and parked outside the Bassline. The deep-burgundy trailer is towed by a sleek bakkie, and the food is super-popular. Think huge, blackened beef rib-eye on a specially made roll, New-Orleans-style beignets, chicken sandwiches, kingklip wraps, and Creole-style red beans and rice. Follow them on Twitter @Cajunjoesfoodco.
Full of Beans
After introducing those cute three-wheeler black-and-chrome scooter dispensers five years ago, Brazilian owner Marcio Mordoh is still purveying great coffees at almost every event in town. Full of Beans also sells confectionery, like doughnuts with dark or white chocolate, and affogato season is coming up soon. Find them on Twitter @fobmobilecoffee and Instagram @fullofbeans_mobilecoffee.
The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Company
When you see a bakkie with a pink logo pulling a trailer with the same coloured stripes, follow it. Whether it’s Picnic in the Park, the Rand Airshow, the new Stables Village Market or a music festival like the Nirox Accoustics Now Concert or the FAK Music festival, these guys create their own buzz. The handmade, gourmet ice creams are fabulous; people love the soft serves and frozen yoghurts, dom pedros, artisanal lollies, gelato, sorbet and ice creams in flavours like pistachio, and pale ale. Everything is made from carefully sourced natural ingredients. Follow them on Twitter @KnickerbockerSA.
Tutto Food Co.
The yellow bee-bright convertible kombi is seen at Fourways Farmers Market, Neighbourgoods Market and a whole range of festivals coming, like Emmarentia Live, DSTV Delicious, Parkhurst Village Fair, The Street Food Festival in Maboneng, Lentedag, Kamers and more. Look forward to big-flavour and big-value paellas in varieties like seafood with sugar-snap peas, mushroom with charred fennel and truffle oil, and free-range chicken with chorizo, peppers and artichoke. They also do sourdough gourmet toasties. Follow Dan and Clementine Forsthofer on Twitter @tuttofoodco and Instagram @tuttofoodco.
Owner Miles Kubekha has a new glossy black truck with the red logo. There is also a new restaurant (Vuyo’s Indoor) on Vilikazi Street, but the truck can be found at the Locrate Market and other fashionable events. The idea is modern but authentic South African cuisine, such as ultra-chic boerewors rolls, bunny chows, comfort foods and pap with potjiekos. Follow them on Twitter @Real_Vuyo.
Zombie Chefs are all about fun food, cooked by an Olympian chef, Edward Clegg, and Scott Lewis. The truck only launched this year, with the huge trailer kitchen towed to 1 Eloff’s Joziburg Lane and other trendy, musical or adventure spots. Food lovers flock for five-star hand food like lamb burgers, Thai chicken burgers, wings, duck fries and pork belly fries. Follow them on Twitter @zombie_chefs and Instagram @zombie_chefs.
5 Star Street Chef
This food truck promises top-quality gourmet offerings with an urban edge. Aptly named, the team seeks to offer a five-star food experience using only the best ingredients. Specialities include warm French toast served with a generous portion of bacon and sweet, smoky bacon jam, and incredible burgers. They specialise in events and work strictly on bookings. Follow them on @5star_chef on Twitter.
Dough & Lambitious
D.O.U.G.H Catering has been offering prestigious food service for years now, but what has placed the brand on the food map is the now-famed collaborative effort, Dough & Lambitious, an exceedingly popular fixture at Hazel Food Market in Hazelwood. The freshly baked pita, stuffed generously with mouth-watering slow-roasted lamb fresh off the spitbraai, has continued to win over market goers. The team comprises keen cooks and travellers, who are willing to set up shop and fill rumbling tummies all over Gauteng. Check out their website at www.doughcatering.com or send an email to email@example.com.
This food truck with a difference follows a simple cooking philosophy: Great ingredients make great food. Imbuzi Cafe makes scrumptious burgers using lean, gamey and deeply flavourful locally sourced goat meat, which it is introducing into the food truck market as a healthier meat option that doesn’t skimp on flavour. Another go-to item is the sizzling steak roll crammed with fresh rocket, roast rosa tomatoes and delicious olive mayo. Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @imbuzicafe and Instagram @imbuzicafe.
Martin Scheffer, the talented head chef of The Purple Trumpet Guesthouse, also heads up this food truck, which has seen success in various markets like the Brooklyn Design Fair and Market On Main in bustling 012 Central in Pretoria’s CBD. Sprout 360 offers an ever-changing menu with one important attribute: Honest-to-goodness, fresh ingredients prepared with love. The crispy pork belly on soft ciabatta goes down quite a treat with an ice-cold beer. Follow them on Twitter @sprout360 or check out their work on the Facebook page at Sprout360 Urban Food.
If you haven’t already discovered the wonder that is Mexican street food, then you’re in for a real treat. Tacokombi is a favourite amongst market goers, appearing most popularly at Market On Main at 012 Central on Saturdays. Taco Kombi was conceptualised by Valjean Joubert after a life-changing trip she made to California in 2009. Regular fixtures are the Baja-style fish tacos, with hot, tasty morsels of hake fried in a light and crispy batter with fresh salsa and delicious secret sauce; the famous fiery jalapeño poppers oozing with a mixture of cheeses, lightly battered and fried; beef burritos; and extra-cheesy nachos. Visit them on Facebook or email Valjean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MasterChef competitor Mervin Govender’s mobile catering company specialises in Durban’s three favourite fast foods, burgers, bunnies and boeries. Popular haunts include sporting days and events around Durban. Follow them on Facebook.
If you enjoy experimental African cuisine with a modern twist, try Easy Eating’s burgers, or something like a sweet vetkoek stuffed with roasted red peppers, aubergine and cheese. The truck tends to hang around Durban’s hot spots, though you can also follow it on Twitter @EatingEasy and Facebook.
This pop-up dining concept has a truck at exhibitions and shows around the city. Sometimes it takes to the streets on random days and serves up dishes like beef burgers, Durban bunny chows and falafels. Follow Fudart on Facebook.
Gracekey Street Kitchen
A mobile kitchen and catering company, Gracekey pops up at events and business parking lots around the Durban area. The menu features bites like tortilla wraps, burgers, pitas, rolls and cheese grillers. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page for info on its whereabouts.
The mobile iwantmycoffee van, the brainchild of South African musician Ard Matthews of Just Jinger, serves delicious hot brews to Durban North, La Lucia and Umhlanga residents. Find the van at Mayfair on the Lake, Armstrong Avenue in La Lucia, Umdloti Beach, or at events around Durban. You can also track its next location by following it on Twitter @IWMCoffee, or checking it out on Facebook.
Think succulent, zingy chicken served up fresh and fast, wings with chips or a roti, or a quarter chicken and chips – all in aromatic herb or fiery peri-peri flavours. Find the Naked Bones truck at food festivals and markets around the city, or follow it on Twitter @nakedbonesvan and Facebook.
Out to Lunch
This brightly coloured 70s-style caravan serves up primarily raw and alkaline-plant-based vegan food. Tuck into freshly made 100% vegan, wheat-free and gluten-free wraps that are made from dehydrated veggies and packed with seasonal flavours. Out to Lunch can be found at various markets in and around Durban as well as conferences and events. Follow them on Twitter @ClementinesDBN and Facebook.
The man behind Boiler Room Café and 9th Avenue Bistro in Durban, Graham Neilson, has just launched a food truck with three of his long-time foodie friends. Roast Co., a rotisserie on wheels, offers a taste of perfectly roasted meats in and around Durban. While the mobile roaster doesn’t have a social media presence yet, you can contact the team on email@example.com or 083 4444 041 if you’d like to find out where the truck will be parked next, or to book it for an event.
TurnUp Food Truck
The menu includes juicy burgers like the TurUp beef burger with secret sauce, bacon and cheese on a freshly baked bun, or the hoison wings done Asian style with a side of fries. Dessert items might include the likes of butter-pecan doughnuts. Find the truck at trendy food festivals and pop-up events around the city. You can also follow it on Twitter @TurnUpFoodTruck and Facebook.
Makoy Food Truck
Enjoy American-style street food at this orange and black food truck. You’ll find everything from burgers and sliders to duck pancakes and more. Spot it cruising the streets of PE or at various festivals across the country. Check out the Facebook page for its whereabouts.
4Roomed Ekasi Culture
In collaboration with popular shisanyama joints and eKasi tourist attractions, this Khayelitsha-based mobile kitchen serves the community scrumptious, well-balanced meals. (Think familiar braai foods with a healthy gourmet twist.) Find it opposite the Blue Moon Sports Café in Khayelitsha on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon onwards, and follow the team on Facebook.
Baguette Sandwiches Eats & Bakery
This truck serves gourmet sandwiches, soft pretzels, and gourmet sliders on pretzel buns at events around the Cape Town. They will sometimes do deliveries around the city bowl. Follow the team on Facebook.
This vintage food caravan offers great coffee, organic juices and fresh fruity smoothies. Track it down at events, festivals and markets around Cape Town.
Chameleon Mobile Kitchen
Offering a blend of various food styles from around the world, this truck keeps local foodies happy with free-range, sustainable lunchbox-style dishes. Find them at markets around the city, or hire them for a private event. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @chameleoncpt.
The Chefs Bench
Three menus are on offer, each with distinct South African flavours. Options include the Gourmet Street Food menu, the DIY Family Style Feast, and the Eat with your Fingers menu. Think pulled-pork buns with curry peaches, braised beef shin or West Coast seafood potjie with smoked line fish. Find the truck at popular festivals and markets around the city or hire it for your own private event. Follow The Chef’s Bench on Facebook and Twitter @chefsbench.
Curry in a Hurry
Gerhardt Hundt, the 79-year-old owner of this food truck, serves up delicious take-away curries. Options include his signature dish of mutton curry, as well as chicken curry, chicken and prawn, beef, and mutton breyani. Gerhardt also makes his own plum chutney, pickled chillies and atchar. Find Curry in a Hurry at Groote Post Market.
Didi’s Bitchin Burritos
This Tex-Mex food truck offers a variety of beef, chicken and veggie burritos. The team also dishes up naked burritos in a bowl, breakfast burritos and a selection of tacos. All items are available with hot, homemade chilli sauce. Find the truck at Salt Circle Arcade, as well as at various markets and festivals. Some weekends you may spot Didi’s at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Follow the truck on Facebook and Twitter @DidisBurritos.
Detour Espresso Bar
Coffee, a small range of Dilmah teas, hot chocolate and snacks from Bags of Bites is what you’ll find here. Popular haunts include Oudekraal on Victoria Road each morning of the week, and on sunny, wind-free Sundays.
This travelling truck has sustainable and artisanal Mexican food on offer, with dishes such as cider-braised pulled-pork tacos, Mexican-inspired pizza and more. Find Dos Chidos at festivals and private events in and around the Western Cape, and follow them on Facebook. Durban’s Finest Curry This is a fairly straight-forward offering that’s good for spicy burgers and chips, bunny chow, butter chicken, samoosas, crayfish and prawn curry. Find the truck in Oudekraal and at events. Follow them on Twitter @durbfinestcurry.
Known for serving gourmet pizzas with light, crispy bases and fresh toppings, Earthfire Pizza also does a mean breakfast version, with free-range egg, mushroom and Parma ham. They frequent public and private events, markets and festivals. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @EarthfirePizza.
El Burro Food Truck
Simple, scrumptious Mexican street food such as ceviche, chilli rellenos, various tacos and churros can be ordered at this travelling incarnation of the popular restaurant. Catch them at the House of Machines on certain Sundays, as well as at events and festivals. Follow them on Twitter @_El_Burro.
For the Love of Food
Customers love tucking into dishes such as gourmet hot dogs, arancini balls, sticky Thai ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, bagels and even burritos. Catch the truck in and around Melkbosstrand as well as the Big Bay Market. Follow them on Facebook.
FrozenYO on the Beach
Enjoy a tub or twirl of fresh frozen yoghurt in different flavours with your choice of toppings. The toppings include Oreo biscuit crumble, banana chips, fresh fruit, Turkish delight, Ferrero Rocher and more. Find the truck along the Blouberg beachfront and at various markets, such as the Big Bay Market, or on the beachfront in Table View. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @frozenyotruck.
The Good Life
This truck serves fresh fusion food, including ever-changing designer burgers, like the truffle-infused cheeseburger with Jack Daniel’s onion relish, venison burgers with bourbon-poached pears and brie, and seared fillet on a roll with rocket and horseradish aioli. Look out for them at local festivals and events, or track their daily movements on Facebook and Twitter @TheGoodlife_Ct. They are also available for weddings and private functions.
Savour comforting, modern Indian cuisine at this new food truck. Think butter chicken nachos, sweetcorn, peanut-and-coconut lettuce wraps, and fiery curry bowls. They’re around on First Thursdays, or at various markets, such as The Water Shed night market at the V&A Waterfront, as well as festivals. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @hemazingfood.
Hungry customers can look forward to American diner-style dishes, pulled-pork rolls, boerewors rolls, calamari and chips, surf and turf, and buffalo wings. Find Hippo’s Diner in and around Cape Town at markets and festivals, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter @hipposdiner.
Catch this bright lime-green juice truck at sporting events and markets around the Cape. They serve healthy juices made from fruits and veggies, plus speciality coffees.
Find this mobile Mexican-style ice lolly counter out and about at certain events or hire it for your wedding for the perfect sweet treat. Flavours might include strawberry and cream, granadilla, roast banana, or guava cheesecake.
Cheesy calzones, fresh wraps, silky risotto, and the moreish, legendary Nutella bombs have made Limoncello its name. Find the truck at Oudekraal on some weekends (weather permitting), and Salt River Circle most lunchtimes during the week. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @CTFoodTrucks.
Lotus Food Truck
This van serves up contemporary Asian street food inspired by co-manager Kyle Miller’s trip through Southeast Asia. Expect ramen bowls with grilled pork belly, fresh prawn laksa, delicious salads, and a variety of flavoursome curries, plus a range of homemade iced teas and Vietnamese coffees. They can mostly be found at public events and festivals, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter @LOTUSfoodtruck.
This picture-perfect truck serves up easy-eating grub such as sirloin prego rolls with rocket and caramelised onions, 100% ground-beef burgers, Cajun chicken breast burgers with fresh tomatoes and lime-garlic mayo, frankfurter hotdogs, and lightly toasted paninis. The truck sticks to set venues such as Oudekraal, food markets, corporate and private functions, and festivals. Follow them on Facebook.
Plating up a range of fusion dishes from South Africa and France, foodies can tuck into items such as prawn bisque, tarte tatin, gourmet burgers and prego rolls. Find the truck at some sporting events, markets and festivals taking place around the city and winelands.
Moreish eatery is a mobile food kitchen specialising in tacos, pulled pork buns and gourmet hot dogs, but the chefs are versatile and able to cook any style depending on the event. Catch them at festivals or hire them for your private event.
This mobile burger trailer features signature ‘no ordinary burgers’ (NOB). Catch it at events around Cape Town or at Black River Office Park on certain weekdays, and markets such as the Big Bay Market. You can also follow them on Facebook.
Think authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza made with Italian pizza flour, local buffalo mozzarella and a signature sauce made from Italian tomatoes. All meat products are pasture reared and organic, sourced from Richard Bosman. Find the truck at the Neighbourgoods Market at the Old Biscuit Mill most Saturdays, and various events, gatherings and private functions. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @pizzapiaggio.
Scandalous Food Truck
A fusion of flavours is available at this vibey truck – think Italian piadines (flatbread) with a variety of fillings, spicy lamb curry, and homemade pastas. Catch the truck in and around the city at office parks, markets and festivals. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @scandalousfoods.
The indulgent sweet treats like spiced doughnuts, cupcakes and brownies, as well as savoury goodies like gourmet empanadas, mean you won’t be sorry you visited this cute pink tuk-tuk. Find Second Breakfast at food markets and festivals around the city. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @2ndBreakfast_CT.
The Soft Machine
Look forward to soft-serve ice cream in bespoke flavours such as milk tart with cinnamon spice snaps, strawberry with meringue snaps, and moerkoffie served with cinnamon spice snaps. In summer you can find the truck every Saturday at the Neighbourgoods Market at Woodstock’s Old Biscuit Mill, or you can hire it for your event. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @thesoftmachine1.
This decadent dessert truck is dedicated to making sweet treats mobile. Indulge in all things sugary, from waffles on a stick and caramel whoopee pies to decadent brownies and cupcakes. Catch the bright pink truck at festivals and markets around the city in the summer months. Follow them on Facebook.
This truck offers fresh Hungarian-style flatbreads with delicious toppings such as slow-roasted lamb with parmesan and rosemary. You’ll find the black and red truck at most food festivals as well as certain markets. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @FineStreetFood.
Wahine Food Truck
Fans love these delicious, Polynesian-inspired eats with options for vegetarians, as well as those who are gluten intolerant. Dishes include Polynesian pork, teriyaki chicken wraps and veg chow mein. You’ll find the truck at music festivals, food markets and local office parks. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @WahineFoodTruck.
Bar Di Bar
Here it’s all about craft beer, craft beer and more craft beer, with a range of local brews also on offer. The 1975 classic Kombi can be found at various markets and festivals around the winelands, or at its home on Laborie Wine Estate, where tasty tapas are also available. Follow them on Facebook.
Tuck into toasted Cubanos, chilli poppers, burger sliders, pork-belly sandwiches and rustic gourmet pizzas. Catch Jack Rabbit at food and wine festivals in the area as well as at some Cape Town events. Like their Facebook page to keep abreast of their whereabouts.
Ishushu Wood Fired Pizzas
This is the food truck for crisp, wood-fired pizzas with a range of delicious toppings, from juicy rib to buttery avo, with banting and gluten-free bases also available. Follow the smell of cheesy pizza and find them at certain wine estates, or at sporting events in the area. You can also check out their Facebook page.
Oh Só Peachy
These guys keep it clean with raw juices, healthy smoothies and wholesome food. Vegan and banting-friendly items are also available. Find them at various music festivals in the area. You can also visit their Facebook page.
Terbodore Coffee Roasters from KZN started up this quirky coffee truck in the Cape winelands. Enjoy fresh, hot Fairtrade brews with a savoury or sweet pastry twist. Grab your cuppa in the beautiful Franschhoek winelands at various food markets in the area. Follow them on Facebook.
Serving traditional German sausages as well as a signature spicy curry wurst, this truck can be found at the Friday Night Market at Narnia Village, Knysna, from 4pm to 8pm, and Mosaic Market in Sedgefield from 8am to 2pm on Saturdays. You can also follow them on Twitter @WurstExpress and Facebook.
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