Melbourne, AUS: Northcote Permanent Spot for Food Trucks Attracts Dozens of Applications

By Kellie Cameron  |  Herald Sun


Trucks and carts started rolling into the purpose-built park, Welcome to Thornbury on Friday August 14.

Spokesman Maleik Edwards said more than 1000 people passed through on opening night.

Melbourne’s food truck fanaticism has grown to gourmet proportions, with vans selling everything from Vietnamese to Greek food or Gumbo and Welcome to Thornbury is capitalising on their popularity.

Work on transforming the former used car yard started last year.

“We’re all absolutely rapt by the reception we’ve had so far from the community,’’ he said.

The site on High St’s Thornbury-Northcote border has a bar, large beer garden, and rotating roster of up to six food vendors at any one time and is open seven days a week. The indoor-outdoor areas can be reconfigured depending on the weather, with the site catering for up to 700 people at a time.

Mr Edwards said there was demand for the venue, with 43 different food trucks lining up to be included on the August roster.

“We’ve started receiving applications for September and had 32 apply in one day,’’ he said.

It employs 32 bar staff, and garnered 7800 Facebook likes in recent weeks.

Welcome to Thornbury is at 520 High St, Northcote.