Friday, April 12, 2013

Fork On The Road

Friday 12th April, 2013

This week has been one of great weather.....temperatures have been in the high 20's........actually it has been way above average for the month of April.  I haven't heard anyone complaining except for maybe wanting some rain.  They are promising that for us on Sunday, fingers crossed.

Tonight after Tony came home from work we went back into the city to "Fork on the Road".  We first heard about it during the Fringe Festival and Tony and his work colleagues sampled the food back then but I have always wanted to go and see what it was all about.  Well tonight was the night.  I don't know how much longer it will go for seeing that daylight saving has finished and winter is fast approaching.

This time they had it set up in Light Square.  It consisted of around 50 food and drink vans all selling various food such as Mexican, Spanish, Chinese, Indian, Cambodian, Burgers, Grills, Gelato, Ice Cream, Churros, Cupcakes, Macarons, Lemonade, Coffee and the list goes on.  Tony said that they went there for lunch today.....this time they had Burgers.   After his burger he tried a Tarragon Icy Pole but wasn't impressed.  He said there were hundreds of people there for lunch.

When we got there at around 6.45pm there were still hundreds of people enjoying the beautiful balmy night and the great food that they had on offer.  Tony and I opted for Indian.  It was so yum, we thoroughly enjoyed it.  I would have loved to try the Spanish paella but we were so full from the curry.  We also had an icy cold lemonade made from freshly squeezed lemons and bought some Macarons for later.

Now typical Adelaide and it's wowsers!  There are some who don't like this idea of setting up food vans.  They say it is hurting the food businesses that have their stores and have to pay rent and shop overheads.  There is talk of the city council cutting these food vans down to around 20 if it is going to continue to allow them to set up "shop" throughout the city. Then there are those people who think that these vans might not have health and cleanliness as their top priority.

Well to those businesses who provide lunch to city workers and shoppers I say maybe it's about time to "cook" up some new ideas.  Perhaps the general public are sick of baguettes, foccacias, and sushi.  As they say "variety is the spice of life" and it's about time some of these food vendors realised that.  No matter where you go in the city there's a sushi shop within 20 paces of each other or a baguette shop.  Glad I don't have to buy lunch in the city every day.

Several hundred people can't be wrong.  Over the course of the day there would have been several thousand people that visited these food vans.  They obviously want more than what's on offer for them at the moment.  

Long live the food vans!!

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