Food Trucks in Spain
I was thinking back to my spring in Lloret de Mar, Spain and wanted to let you know about an event that I stumbled upon in the main square: food trucks in Spain! Throughout the summer the Catalonia Tourist board and the Lloret de Mar Tourist Board hosted a series of Food Truck and Caravan festivals. The season began in Lloret de Mar (a beautiful seaside town) that was host to the TBEX Conference for travel bloggers. The conference was held for the second time in Costa Brava and I have to say I was so pleased that I did not miss it this time. It was a great way to meet travel bloggers and they use this as a way to meet in one place and catch up.
The town square is a wonderful place to host this event as there was plenty of space for all of the caravans, a stage was also set up where there was live entertainment (see the video for that) and there was also plenty of seating.
As you entered the square there was an old-fashion working carousel. This seaside town is known for being a party, resort town but on this weekend in particular, there was a Food Truck Festival. The most unique thing to me was that all of the food trucks in Spain were not in trucks at all in fact they were in converted caravans. If you think back to the 1960s and 70s when you had trailers that were small and round and were pulled by a car or truck, you can easily envision what I saw. I have a few pictures for you to see how lovely these food trucks were and how functional they have become.
Look for this sign: The Happy Food Trucks Tour to find the food festival.
You could get everything from crepes to delicious cupcakes. It was hard to resist many of these trucks because the food all looked so good. The entertainment helped with a singer that played ballads and classic rock tunes. Many of the songs were popular and even though they sang in English, it was nice to hear some traditional singing also.
This Food Truck Festival is not to be missed. Make sure to keep your eyes out for different cities within Catalonia.
Salvador Dali was obsessed with eggs. He often had them in his paintings sculptures and on top of his Theatre Museum. When we were in Figures, this was one of our favourite adventures. So it stands to reason that there would be a food truck that it is dedicated to all things EGGS and it was named after the famous artist. This Food Truck also served wine and beer (something you would not find in a Canadian Food Truck). On a side note, I have to say, I fell in love with eggs even more when I was in Spain. They were always fresh with large orange yolks and the flavour was unbelievable (see this great instagram picture from out trip). I wish we had eggs that fresh in my supermarket. I can only assume that getting them fresh from the farm would be the way to get them.
Their menu had eggs with Ham Iberico (akin to prosciutto but better ) , eggs with asparagus and goat’s cheese and eggs seasoned with truffle oil.
Like I said, many of these caravans were from the late 60s and this one even had a plaque that stated it was made in 1970. That means this has been around for 45 years. That’s a long time to be in service. Considering many are retro-fitted to be food trucks. I have to say, that made the charm of visiting each one more appealing as they were easy to see into.
Canned goods are a delicacy in Spain. Many tapas are a combination of olives, sardines and other pickled crudities.
This caravan specialized in tapas that were preserved in tins. We went to a restaurant in Blanes that was called Can Flores which had
made its fame for serving tapas from canned goods. It is more delicious than it sounds. Trust me on this.
Croquettas are a deep fried dumpling filled with a variety of flavours. Since we are by the sea, this vendor had seafood choices that were delicious.
There was no need to have a large caravan. This cart with the wonderful decor around it was enough to attract customers.
The Carousel was a fun and lively fixture in the Plaza
A Colombian Comfort Food
I was amazed that I had to come to Spain to find a Colombian Food Truck. Being from Colombia, there are many comfort foods that would make great Food Truck fair.
They took two standards and embellished them. The first was the plantain. It is a savoury banana that is deep fried, flattened and then deep fried again.
This version was smothered with beef, salad, guacamole, cheese and yoghurt dressing.
Below are the two items that I savoured: the empanadas (meat and potato corn patties that are deep fried and served with lemon or aji. These were delicious!
The box contained a huge arepa (a maiz flour tortilla that is thicker than the Mexican version) it was stuffed with shredded beef, lettuce, onions, guacamole and yoghurt dressing
It was A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. All that was missing was a bottle of Colombian (a pop similar in flavour to a cream soda).
A simple menu but there were always people here. Like true Colombians, there food truck was full of colour, music and food!