So many options to satisfy any craving…
Whether you’re craving a deluxe grilled cheese, Portuguese chicken sandwich, or mini donuts, you can grab a bite to eat from a variety of food trucks in here in London, ON. This includes seven of London’s food trucks that have come together to form the London Food Truck Association. And one other local restaurant is also bringing their food truck back for the festival season.
Below is a list of featured food trucks and how they got started, complete with photos of their treats you can get. Here it is, London, all the reasons why “F” is for food truck!
1 – Bifana Boys
Ricardo Cavaco, owner of Bifana Boys, was making sauces for Portuguese food before operating the truck. He explained bifanas are a popular sandwich in Portugal.
“I wanted to bring that to the masses and make it popular. Make it the new shawarma,” Cavaco said.
He also said that while there are some Portuguese chicken places in London, there wasn’t a food truck serving Portuguese food and Cavaco really enjoys engaging with the public.
“It just awesome to be around and go to the festivals and streets and stuff.”
2 – COCOville
“COCOville is inspired [by] the Carribean and [we’re] trying to bring a little more sunshine and warmth onto the streets of London,” Todd LeBlanc, owner of COCOville said.
He explained that the London Food Truck Association came together after they realized they support each other. LeBlanc also said Londoners support the group.
“A lot of them are so happy and feel a lot more comfortable that they can come to my truck today but possibly my colleague’s truck tomorrow and not feel like we’re scaring them with daggers. We’re happy to see them supporting all of the different food trucks.”
3 – The Donut Diva
Dee Spencer, owner of the Donut Diva Food Truck, was inspired after seeing a waffle cart on “Dragons’ Den.”
“I thought that if he could do that, I could do that with mini donuts.”
She started out with a cart for a few years, and then progressed to a food truck.
She also said that all she wanted from fairs were the mini donuts when she lived in Alberta. “When I moved back to Ontario, I went to a local fair in the town I was living in and they didn’t have any. I thought ‘Aw, this is perfect for me.’”
Spencer said the food trucks help each other out by telling each other information, such as possible appearances at events. “We want people in London to know that the food truck culture is a positive experience.”
4 – Globally Local
The vegan Famous Burger and Gyros made their summer festival debuts during the Victoria Park festival season in 2016. James McInnes, founder of Globally Local, said their food truck will also serve their chick-un burger and Vopper, a vegan Whopper at upcoming events.
McInnes said they are focusing on festivals because they want to provide vegan options. He explained finding vegan food can be difficult at festivals. “It’s nice to have a food product that is made vegan intentionally.”
McInnes also said they want non-vegans to try their products. “You’d be surprised to know how many people have never tried a veggie burger,” he said, “A festival is a good place to try something.”
Although McInnes is not part of the London Food Truck Association, he thinks it’s good for the city. He said that it brings a “spectacle” to the streets and gives people more choice. “You can kind of create an event by having four or five food trucks there.”
5 – Goodah Gastrotruck
Owner Chris Bunting said Goodah Gastrotruck is London’s first food truck. He explained he wanted to serve gourmet comfort food.
“Grilled cheese gave us the best of both worlds,” Bunting said. He also said that while many people love the traditional grilled cheese, they are also looking for variety.
“There’s so many different types of cheese and so many amazing combinations with meat, vegetables, etc. so possibilities are endless.”
Bunting also said food trucks perform better in groups. “If you want a bifana, you can go to one truck. If you want a grilled cheese, you can come to my truck.”
Marshal Atkinson, owner and operator of MegaCone Creamery London Ice Cream Truck, bought the truck as a franchise opportunity. He wanted to start his own business and said that he didn’t need specialty training like culinary school to do it.
“What better way to enjoy your job than to serve delicious ice cream to the people of London?”
He also said he loves how the food trucks support each other. Atkinson added that all of the veteran food trucks have been giving him a helping hand.
“With all the different rules and by-laws within the city, it’s nice to have multiple avenues to obtain correct information and assistance when necessary.”
7 – Roli Poli- Hand Rolled Ice Cream
Kerri Egan, owner of Roli Poli-Hand Rolled Ice Cream, brings a unique twist to ice cream. She rolls the ice cream before it’s ready to serve.
Egan took a seven-day ice cream technology course at the University of Guelph, where she had to make ice cream to complete it.
“I was going to do a hard scoop, but since this is super popular around the world right now, I decided to do rolled ice cream,” she said, “It’s new, it’s trendy, and it’s made fresh right in front of your eyes.”
Egan said that the London Food Truck Association is like a family. “We all have each others’ backs. We take care of each other. We support each other. We encourage each other.”
8 – Smokestacks
Luke Gauvin, owner of Smokestacks, saw a lineup of food trucks at Riot Fest last year with his girlfriend and felt inspired. He thought owning a food truck would be an enjoyable business venture.
“I was trying to look for a different niche, something to fill that the people wanted, so I came up with Southern type barbecue fare.”
He worked at Springs restaurant for three and a half years before operating Smokestacks.
Gauvin said it feels great knowing the Food Truck Association is grouped together and that it’s like a community.
“It’s people helping people. It benefits us all and it benefits the customers and the people of London.”
Feature photo by Emily Stewart