I’ve always worked with food in some way, shape or form. My favourite way to spend my Summer was working on a Mexican food truck doing the festivals. It was always great fun mixed with great music and great food. It taught me loads bout myself, and gave me a lasting love for Mexican food. My chilli recipe is based on the same recipe served up to customers.
Working on the food truck also taught me how to pitch a tent on my own in a field full of bikers when it’s almost dark. I learnt the skill of mental maths at 6:30am after 3 hours sleep. I can calm a line of hungry, very drunk customers who have to wait for the next batch of food to finish cooking. Not all festivals have showers and the struggle of staying clean is real out there. Dry shampoo and baby wipes are more than just your friend! It also taught me that if a food truck is closed on the first day of a festival, it’s failed the Food Inspectors test and you just DO NOT eat there. No matter how great it looks!
There are so many misconceptions about food trucks at festivals but one fact is certain. You either find an awesome food truck, or a rubbish one. There is no in-between! It depends on what food you’re looking to eat. Most festivals leave you spoiled for choice.
You will always find the huge pasta van with a tent around it. It serves overcooked, soggy pasta that’s been sitting in the sun all day and shoved in a microwave. You will also find the tiny truck serving freshly cooked pasta with delightful homemade sauces. Then there’s the obligatory toastie truck, because everyone loves a toastie and some kind of burger and chips – a staple festival food! We took it to the next level, serving up gourmet chilli in a variety of heats. Yes, I was fortunate enough to work on one of the most awesome Mexican food vans in the UK. Our chilli was renown and taste was unmistakable. There were several occasions where customers were super excited by the sight of our truck in the food area. We were always remembered and had a queue longer than any other food truck for most of the time. That is a true sign of awesome food at a festival.
It’s not glamourous at all. Working on a food truck is really hard work. Long hours cramped into the back of a van. Cooking food in the scorching hot sunshine. Even when it’s not sunny, it’s hot from the diesel generators running to power everything on the site. It’s noisy and you don’t get much sleep at all.
There are plenty of plus sides to working on a food truck during the Festival Season though! It’s amazing fun and you meet loads of interesting people. You get free entry to every single festival you work at AND you get paid for being there!
Disclaimer – This is a collaborative post.