Help bring the street food culture to Brisbane
When you’re travelling overseas, sometimes it’s the simplest, cheapest of meals that can be the most rewarding. Wrapped in a serviette or served on paper plates, street food delivers the flavours and culture at the heart of a country. Sydney has the Veggie Patch Van and Melbourne has the Taco Truck and, until Hellhound Hotdogs and The Bun Mobile rolled along, Brisbane was feeling a little out of the loop.
Luckily, locals Helen Bird and Billerwell Daye are on a quest to enhance our city’s street food culture. The pioneers behind Street Food Australia, Helen and Billerwell will assist disadvantaged migrants start their own businesses within the food industry by helping them to set up a street food bicycle-driven cart, serving food from their native culture. Vendors will receive training and support for two years under Street Food Australia, with this time bracket used to hone recipes, capture a loyal following, earn an income and stash the profits to potentially move on to opening a cafe or restaurant.
At the same time this start-up social enterprise will bring roaming street food options to the city and inject a little liveliness into our unused public spaces. The first pilot program of bikes will see steamed dumplings, Vietnamese banh-mi, Mexican corn, Ethiopian injera and Korean waffles take to the street of South Bank, West End and Brisbane City.
Street Food Australia also has helping the environment on its radar, with the street food bikes using solar power, the foodstuffs sought from local organic farms (where possible) and packing is biodegradable. To help make this Brisbane foodie initiative a reality, donate to Street Food Australia’s Pozible campaign here. The campaign runs until November 17.
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