Australia: App Helps You Track Down Sydney Food Trucks

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

By Cathy Morris |

Lord Mayor Clover Moore

FINDING a burger, a burrito or even yum cha on a big night out could be just a click away with a new smartphone app to help you pinpoint new food truck operators roaming the streets.

The City of Sydney is developing the app as 10 food operators begin to fit out their trucks to hit the streets in the next month.

The new food truck offerings announced yesterday will include modern Australian from a former Tetsuya’s sous chef, steamed yum cha, gourmet pizzas and vegie burgers from a truck shaped like a van with a herb garden on the roof.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said this type of truck had taken off in Los Angeles, London and other major cities by offering quality food in a quick, fun and affordable way.

“We’re taking it a step further by ensuring Sydney’s food truck operators serve high quality food and meet the highest health and environmental standards,” she said.

The city’s late-night economy manager Suzie Matthews said social media had played a big role in getting the message out about food truck locations overseas and helped them develop a cult following.

Matthews said the app would provide a real-time map, links to menus and other details.

“We expect that within the next few weeks that app will be available,” she said.

“You can track your favourite van at any time.”

The city has lodged development applications for 13 sites, including Belmore Park, Customs House forecourt and Sydney Park.