There are a lot of things that we consider trending these days, such as taking selfies, GIFs, hashtags, and memes, to mention a few. People do tend to focus on things that are currently trending, but there is one thing that people universally love since the beginning of time that is food.
Admit it, we really do enjoy eating. I should say that it has become somewhat of a habit for us to eat, whatever we may be feeling. Whether we are feeling sad, heartbroken, confused, angry, elated, or stressed, we usually turn to food as a form of comfort and or reward.
And in response to our insatiable mutual love and appetite for food, food trucks and food parks slowly earned their fame and brand awareness.
A food truck is a large vehicle equipped to cook and sell food. Some food trucks, including ice cream trucks, sell frozen and pre-packaged foods, while others have on-board kitchens and prepares food from scratch.
A Rich History of Food
The history of food trucks date back many years as mobile dining and street food in America in the late 17th century have been part of American’s dining habits. Since then, food trucks have taken a front seat in the world of American street food and are part of an on-going food revolution.
There is a lot of history in this business, so I will share some of the most noteworthy ones.
- In the 1850s, dining cars begin feeding cross-country train passengers.
- In 1872, the first diner is set up in a horse-drawn freight wagon.
- In the 1950s, ice cream trucks begin selling their frozen treats.
- In 1974, Raul Martinez converted an old ice cream truck into the nation’s first taco truck and parked it outside of an East Los Angeles bar.
- While in the 1980s, grease trucks begin parking on Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, selling “Fat Sandwiches” to college students.
- On July 2006, Wikipedia adds “food truck” to their list of entries including the history of food trucks around the world.
- And most importantly, in February 2012, food trucks serve NFL Superbowl fans in Indianapolis.
Street food has been available to Americans for centuries, and food trucks have always been serving tasty treats for over two decades. So, the basic concept is nothing new. Yet, as you can probably see, the food truck has taken on a new meaning as the mobile food industry continues to develop and morph.
Food Trucks Around the World
Food trucks and food parks, offering gourmet cuisine and a variety of specialized dishes and ethnic menus, have become particularly popular, not only in the United States but all over the world.
In Asia, the foods they offer require simple skills, basic equipment, and a relatively small amount of capital. They are ubiquitous, with a huge potential for profits and they offer a relatively huge chance for employment. Street foods primarily reflect local culture and flavor.
In Australia, food trucks are available and can be found everywhere. They are usually covered as a popular trend in the media.
In Belgium, food trucks have long been a staple of the Belgian countryside. Belgium also holds the Brussels Food Truck Festival, which is the largest of its kind across Europe, every year in May.
In Canada, food trucks, or commonly known as cantines (which is the French word for cafeteria), are available across the country. They serve a wide range of cuisines, including grilled cheese sandwiches and Mexican food.
In the UK, food trucks, or commonly known today as snack vans, can be found on almost all major trunk roads at the side of the road or in locations where there is a large pedestrian count, such as village festivals and town centers.
In a general point of view, I think food trucks appeal to the customers because they offer a comparatively inexpensive means of procuring a quick meal. But, of course, there could be various reasons for this growing trend. Now, when will be your next trip to a food truck, whether it be for a tasty treat or to gain a profit from this two billion dollar a year industry, a food truck is an all-around great bet.