Find a park near Messina scoops, New York-style reubens and Tella Ball milkshakes.
Only a few years ago, the food truck was a late-night grotesquery that sold you a questionable kebab as you stumbled home at 5am. But Sydneysiders love their grub and have come to understand that a mobile food unit is a viable food option, not the one thing standing between you and a deadly hangover.
The food truck is no longer an addendum to an average night, but the key to a great night — and the good folk at Sydney Good Trucks know it. The first ever EQ Food Truck Jam is a free-entry smorgasbord of food truck goodness, all conveniently parked at the Entertainment Quarter’s Showring and Market Canopy for the weekend of October 3–4. And they’re really pushing the boat out to impress us, with live music, an ice skating rink, jumping castle (bounce before eating — we don’t want any airborne spew), DJs, giveaways and the Sydney Trapeze School (not entirely sure what their role is here, but we can only offer the same advice as before — trapeze before food please).
But of course, we only really have little piggy eyes for the food, and this spectacular lineup does not disappoint. The Tella Ball stand will be there, continuing to bleed the country dry of Nutella with their milkshakes topped with Nutella-filled donuts. You’ll also find Sydney’s established trucks alongside the city’s beloved food establishments: think Gelato Messina, Knafeh’s ‘bearded bakers’, Toby’s Estate Coffee, Bad Betty Burgers, NYPD New York Sandwiches (selling Reubens to be revered), Cherry Highway ice-cream, Caminito, Let’s Do Yum Cha, Urban Pasta, Tsuru and Agape Organic. Yes take your smelling salts, it will be overwhelming. If you’re feeling lost, you can download the app to help you navigate your way around the smorgasbord.
If you can’t make the inaugural Food Truck Jam, don’t fret as EQ’s night markets will be running throughout spring and summer.
EQ Food Track Jam is happening on Saturday, October 3 from 5–10pm and Sunday, October 4 from 12–10pm at the Entertainment Quarter’s Showring and Market Canopy. Free entry. For more information, check out the website.