The food truck trend – mobile kitchens all around Germany
Temperatures are climbing, making it the ideal time to visit a food truck market. A what market, you say?! Find out about the latest al fresco food trend and where Germany’s hot spots are.
Some 130 food trucks all over Germany are evidence that what we eat is big news. And the number is growing. Lorries preparing and serving freshly made dishes are the latest food trend. Often sourcing their ingredients locally most only serve a handful of options, but the quality is second to none. From organic burgers to luxury pizzas, vegan or vegetarian alternatives or exotic new flavours – there really is something for everyone. Just like Vapiano, the central idea behind the truck markets is a passion for prepping and enjoying fresh food. We’ve chosen our favourite locations we believe any foodie worth their salt should visit.
Street food market “Gaumenfreude” in Stuttgart
The food truck season starts in Spring in Stuttgart. It’s been held at Karlsplatz since 2015, where visitors can choose from around fifteen “rolling” kitchens. Filled Swabaina ravioli, known as “Maultaschen”, are one local speciality visitors should definitely sample. The food trucks change once a week so there’s always something new on the menu. Launch date: 26 May 2016. See you there!
Street Food Market “Gaumenfreude” Stuttgart, Karlsplatz, 70173 Stuttgart
Street Food Market “Hall of Tastes” in Munich
A regular street food market takes place in Munich’s aptly named “Hall of Tastes”. As well as countless street food stalls, you can also dine at a selection of food trucks. Munich’s Backstage venue has DJs so guests can combine their culinary discovery tour with live music.
Street Food Market “Hall of Tastes” Munich, Backstage, Reitknechtstrasse 6, 80639 Munich
“Foodtruck Friday” in Frankfurt
The next “Foodtruck Friday” is scheduled for 17 June on Frankfurt’s Butterblümchenwiese in the grounds of the Jahrhunderthalle. Look out for food trucks serving new trends like “Sattlat” (a hearty salad) and “Lizza” (low carb pizza). The market is arranged around a small lake where you can relax and enjoy your meal.
“Foodtruck Friday” Frankfurt, Pfaffenwiese 301, Butterblümchenwiese, 65929 Frankfurt
“Street Food Session – St. Pauli Strassenmampf” in Hamburg
On Thursdays from 1700 – 2300, the Spielbudenplatz on Hamburg’s notorious Reeperbahn morphs into a bonafide foodie fest. Every week a different range of trucks, trailers and stalls set up shop to serve all kinds of delicious dishes. Grab a seat at the hundred meter long table to enjoy your food and meet like-minded diners and locals. It’s a great spot for tourists to soak up St Pauli’s unique atmosphere over a spot of grub.
“Street Food Session – St. Pauli Strassenmampf” Hamburg, Spielbudenplatz, 20359 Hamburg
“Streetfood Thursday” in Berlin
Berlin has also welcomed the trend with open arms by launching “Street Food Thursday” at the Markthalle Neun in the Kreuzberg district. Every week, gourmets and epicures come together to sample everything from traditional British pies to hot Mexican tacos and Swabian cheese noodles. It’s open from 1700 – 2200 with stalls changing every week.
“Streetfood Thursday” Berlin, Markthalle Neun, Eisenbahnstrasse 42 – 43, 10997 Berlin
“Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp” in Nuremberg
Nuremberg regularly hosts the “Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp” in the grounds of its exhibition hall. Over 25 food trucks prepare a diverse selection of specialities from burritos to burgers and donuts, so you’re guaranteed to find something you like. Spoilt for choice? Ask for a taster portion all the trucks serve for just 4 euros. There’s live music and a bouncy castle for the kids so take the whole family along.
“Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp” Nürnberg, Nürnberg Messe, Messezentrum 1, 90471 Nürnberg
Look out for more food truck festivals in other cities too. Mobile kitchens that are constantly in transit also stop at other locations, especially at lunchtime. Find out more about food festival dates and the food trucks’ routes online at www.foodtrucks-deutschland.de.
Have fun sampling new flavours and buon appetito!