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2018’s Best Alternative Food Vans

With summer just around the corner and the recent explosion of street food vendors across the nation, there’s no better time to share our run-down of the best food vans available to hire this season.

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    With the increasing popularity of street-food markets and pop-up foodie culture, now’s the perfect time to explore what’s on offer to prepare you for the delicious seasons ahead. There’s no denying that the quality and quantity of food vans have increased in recent years; gone are the days of needing to dine in for an exciting, fresh culinary experience. Now you can find restaurant quality flavours and dishes from food vans at local music festivals, street fetes or weddings.

    In our collection of the best alternative food vans of 2018, you’ll find the best of Mexican, French, Italian, American, Jamaican and more. We’ll consider all the key factors: presentation, personality, styling, originality, the story behind the business, reviews and of course, the quality of the food and service. So whether it’s a wedding, corporate event or festival, you can hire the best food for those hungry (and lucky) guests.

    Coco Labelle

    Coco Labelle

    First on our list we have the charming Coco Labelle. This duck-egg blue beauty is the creation of Elisabeth and Gareth Brown and draws inspiration from Mauritius, Jamaica and Sicily to create magical and unlikely flavour combinations, guaranteed to impress even the most spoilt of palettes. The founders are an unlikely combination of an expert chef and a world renowned drummer and the presentation and flavours are also undeniably unique and of the highest quality. We particularly love their concept of offering music and a kids creche alongside the food – perfect for keeping the little ones happy and entertained during those longer events such as weddings and fetes.

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    El Huichol

    El Huichol

    Next up on our list we have the charming El Huichol. Believe it or not, this understated yet charming enterprise was created as a result of a coin-toss after a Mexican/Zimbabwean duo decided they wanted to share their passion for beautiful, tasty, ethically-sourced Mexican food with the world. The only authentic Mexican food van in Cornwall, El Huichol works very closely with local growers and producers to ensure their ingredients have minimal food miles on them. They’re available to hire for a range of events, and are perfect for weddings, parties, corporate functions or festivals. The highly skilled pair also offer a range of Mexican cooking classes for those rainy days.

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    The Cheese Truck

    The Cheese Truck

    If you’re a cheese lover, then this is the one for you! The Cheese Truck serves up delicious, melted, stringy goodness from the back of a wonderfully restored vintage ice cream van. The truck has been on the food van scene for five years now and has built up quite the reputation. You may have spotted this cheesy treat on the streets of South London and it’s also available for hire at events across the country. With a menu comprised of grilled cheese varieties, you can find speciality cheeses such as Quickie’s Cheddar, Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Rosary Goats and Queso Chihuahua Cheeses on the menu – delicious!

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    Blooming Tasty

    Blooming Tasty

    Based on the Essex/London border, Blooming Tasty focuses on the connection between nature and food. Vowing to eat things when they are blooming (in season), this thoughtful food van uses the best local and in season produce to create fresh, healthy and unique dishes. Founded by a classically trained chef, Blooming Tasty has an ethical, modern approach to a food van, and will no doubt impress guests. The wonderfully restored 1972 Commer van packs a professional grade kitchen meaning fantastically fresh food can be delivered on the road.

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    The Marvellous Burger Co.

    The Marvellous Burger Co.

    One for the carnivorous among us – The Marvelous Burger Co boasts a mouth watering menu of succulent burgers and sides. Using only the best quality and freshest British meat, this outfit prides itself on a ‘Farm to Van’ approach. You may have spotted their distinctive burger-clad vintage Citroen food van trundling around Kent and East Sussex - however if you don’t live locally, The Marvellous Burger Co is available for private hire in the South East and London areas.

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    Murray May’s

    Murray May’s

    Murray May’s probably isn’t what comes to most people’s minds when ‘kebab van’ is mentioned. Not to be mistaken for your typical Turkish food joint on wheels, this tastefully converted 1987 Mercedes ex-ambulance claims to be ‘the only food van to have a full-sized Mangal grille in the back’, serving up a juicy selection of restaurant-quality Turkish goods. Taking inspiration from the eclectic mix of flavours from the streets of Istanbul, ex-head chef Ewan wanted to share the unique flavours of cooking the best quality ingredients on a traditional charcoal grill. Based in Bristol, Murray May’s is available for hire for most events, and is perfectly set up for feeding hungry wedding guests and festival goers alike.

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    Duke's Pizza

    Duke's Pizza

    No self-respecting food van list is complete without a pizza specialist, and we’ve chosen Leeds-based Duke’s Pizza. Their striking 1972 Dodge Panel Van is a unique alternative to the vehicles we’re used to seeing here in the UK, and the combination of metallic green paint, chrome, and their striking branding makes this a real head-turner! Husband and wife team Sarah and Darren utilise an impressive wood fired pizza oven to cook pizzas in under two minutes, at over 500 degrees! All Duke’s pizzas are made from authentic imported Italian flour, along with the highest quality mozzarella and Italian tomatoes, with a choice of toppings – and with great vegan and veggie options too. Duke’s Pizza is available for hire in the North and Midlands, and can cater to individual guests’ orders or produce a buffet style offering.

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    Chop & Chip Co

    Chop & Chip Co

    ‘Seasoned quality chops and pulled meats’ are what you’ll find being served from the polished 1972 Airstream kitchen belonging to Chop & Chip Co. A meat-lovers paradise, this slick outfit offers an impressive range of meats, fries, and sides, all created from the best quality chops and freshest spuds. Their menu includes classics like pork and lamb chops alongside some unique twists such as a pulled beef doughnut. With over 25 items on the menu including veggie options, your guests are sure to find something delicious to sink their teeth into. With more than 20 five star reviews and a huge list of happy customers, Chop & Chip Co is a fantastic option for any event with hungry guests.

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    That Fish Guy

    That Fish Guy

    If you’re into seafood then look no further! That Fish Guy is a gourmet alternative to the usual fish and chip vans you see dotted around seaside towns. Michelin Star creator James works closely with a team of street food traders to offer a variety of cuisines for varying events. As well as delivering food to hungry guests from the back of a van, specialist event catering is also offered. So whether it’s a cone of fish and chips or gourmet wedding canapés – That Fish Guy has you covered.

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    Pulled Food

    Pulled Food

    Finishing off our list is the slow-cooked specialists, Pulled. Created from a love of the highest quality ingredients and slow roasted foods, the menu for this food van is deliciously meaty. With nine years of restaurant experience under his belt, creator Damien was keen to try a different approach to the industry and after discovering the flavour explosion from a slow roasted pork dish, the rest is history. Pulled is available for hire across the country and is sure to deliver a slow cooked flavour sensation for any event!

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    You should now be full of great ideas for food van hires and your taste buds ready for the experience. But if you’re still looking for further options and inspiration, you can find more delicious alternatives in our food vans category. We have amazing suppliers from all over the world delivering a huge range of cuisines and styles to the UK, so you’re sure to find the perfect grub for any event or occasion - and turn your guests from hungry to happy!

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