FOOD ON THE GO
From wood-fired pizzas and beach-side pasties, to Mexican burritos and freshly-baked bundts, there’s an impressive fleet of of mobile vendors popping up all over Cornwall, providing fresh, high quality food on the go. We’ve spotted a few on our travels around the county, so have picked some of our favourites that you’ll find in various locations this summer.
Providing rustic, Mexican flavours to Cornish revellers, El Huichol serve a fantastic menu of characterful dishes that are bound to have your taste buds tingling. With a selection of tacos and fillings, including sweet potato feta and slaw; tequila and chipotle tempura battered fish; and pibil pork, pink onions and slaw, the El Huichol van travels to a number of events and markets around the county, including Crantock Farmers’ Market and Tropical Pressure, and will be at some of Miracle Theatre’s performances.
You may have spotted the husband and wife duo, Katie and James Fraser, at Cornwall’s numerous festivals and events, serving customers ladles of bubbling curries, stews and paellas from huge pans. The menu features street food-style dishes inspired by cuisine from around the world, which chop and change for each event. Find the team at The Minack Theatre in Porthcurno each evening from Monday to Friday during peak season, and at most major food festivals over the weekends, including Port Eliot Festival, Padstow Christmas Festival, and Porthleven Food Festival.
A beach café on wheels, the Hungry Horsebox is a converted trailer which serves a great range of coffees, cakes and lunches on Gwithian Beach near St Ives.
Offering hot and cold food, the café has a regularly-changing lunch menu that’s perfect post-surf, including Cornish crab kebabs and chilli nachos. With the occasional ‘surf cookout’ on evenings throughout the summer and varying opening times depending on the weather, we’d recommend keeping an eye on their Facebook page to stay up to date. Remember your re-usable coffee cup for 50p off all hot drinks too.
Cooking authentic wood-fired pizza for weddings, parties and festivals, Kernowforno makes dough and tomato sauce from scratch, with a mouth-watering menu of toppings to choose from. Opt for roast chicken and sun-dried tomatoes on a pesto base; Deli Farm Charcuterie’s Cornish salami with mozzarella; and roasted butternut squash with goat’s cheese, pine nuts and fresh rosemary, plus lots more. The thin and crispy pizzas are cooked to order in the rustic, wood-fired oven, which is transported to a number of locations in Cornwall and Devon, including PenGrillie BBQ Festival.
Serving coffee and bundt cakes, Germany-born owners Kris and Maren are identical twins with talent.
The girls have converted a 70’s Citroën van into a cake and caffeine bus called Beyoncé, which rocks up at different locations throughout Cornwall with a fresh batch of sweet and savoury bundts in an assortment of flavours. It could be anything from pumpkin spiced latte, and lemon and rose, to gluten free chocolate, and coconut and raspberry.
The coffee accompaniments also include the odd German sweet treat, like Vanillekipferl (a light, crescent-shaped biscuit) and Kirschstreuselkuchen (cherry crumble cake). Keep up to date with where the twins are this summer via Instagram.
With a signature dish of mouth-watering Cornish pulled pork, Just Pigs serves it with almost everything; over nachos with cheese and jalapeños, in the mouth-watering macaroni cheese, bundled in a wrap with coleslaw, and layered on a Bockwurst sausage in a Baker Tom’s finger roll.
The family-owned food van also has a ‘just wraps’ food menu, the perfect on-the-go festival food with a range of fillings, including tandoori spiced chicken breast, beef meatballs in tomato and basil sauce, and braised lamb in a traditional Moroccan rub.
Having been a chef since he was 15, owner of Wild Bake, Lewis Cole decided to take his talent on the road along with a converted vintage horse trailer containing a mobile wood oven, providing fresh pizza for the people. Beginning by securing a regular pitch on a campsite in Padstow, Lewis and his wife Claire kept the campers happy with rustic pizzas prepared fresh, and as its popularity increased, the pair have been appearing at a number of events over the years, including Padstow Christmas Festival.
The menu is a fantastic combination of meaty and veggie pizzas, including mozzarella, chorizo, salami napoli, oregano and rocket; sweet red pepper, button mushrooms, goats cheese and garlic oil; and a traditional Napolitana, with black olives, anchovies, capers, oregano and mozzarella, all on a perfectly crisp base. Find Wild Bake opposite Lidl in Wadebridge on Monday evenings, at Carpet World in Bodmin on Tuesday evenings, and at the Ann’s Cottage shop in St Columb on Wednesdays.
After deciding to up sticks from London and move their lives to Cornwall to sell tea, couple Jodi and Seth have converted a classic Citroën van to cater to beach goers and walkers in need of a cuppa with The Thirstea Company, which is parked at the National Trust’s Porth Farm on the Roseland Peninsula.
The van is perfectly located for a pit stop if you’re walking the circular route around St Anthony’s Head, and just a few metres away from the path above Towan Beach, selling pasties, freshly baked cakes and rolls with a variety of fillings alongside coffee and a selection of loose leaf teas. If you’re stopping by, don’t forget to say hello to their mascot dog, Bruce.
Chef Lee Lake produces a wonderfully creative menu of dishes, showcasing Cornwall’s amazing seafood offering and popping up in all matter of locations, serving a different menu each time. It could include anything from crispy whitebait with citrus aioli and cajun fish tacos, to loaded crab fries and Louisiana seafood gumbo on a bed of rice.
Find him at a number of events this year, including Looe Music Festival, The Great Estate, and Golowan Festival. We’d recommend liking the Facebook page to keep up to date with impromptu feast evenings, such as lobster and Prosecco on the beach.
Serving a brilliant menu combining foraged, hunted and locally-sourced food, Wild Food Kitchen springs up at events all over Cornwall, catering for hungry event-goers all year round.
The menu varies depending on the time of year but it’s guaranteed to be delicious, including such items as wild garlic and nettle falafel; homemade wild venison burgers; and seared wild wood pigeon pitta breads with homemade slaw. Check out Wild Food Kitchen’s Twitter feed for where the van will be parked this year.
Now with a permanent spot on Lemon Quay in Truro, Craftworks Kitchen started out selling delicious dishes from an American airstream trailer, appearing at events such as Boardmasters, the Masked Ball and Polo on the Beach. The Hidden Craftworks Kitchen is a new concept from the team behind Craftworks, a summer pop up at Ross Geach’s Padstow Kitchen Garden, from Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm until 8pm. The menu is slightly different to Truro’s restaurant, but just as delicious, serving daily special which could include ‘sexi mexi’ hotdogs, crab fries, and sweetcorn chowder with a chunk of hake.
Call 07984 266033 for more details and to find out what specials are available.