Inspired by Food Truck Friday in central Geelong, the 2016 Festival of Sails is presenting a new line up of food vans to tempt the taste buds of this year’s festival goers.
The traditional and delicious fare of previous years will be enlivened with 15 food vans, offering pulled pork rolls, rockin’ donuts, gourmet burgers, snags and sensational baked potatoes. And for lovers of chicken parmigiana, there’s even a van selling those!
Newlyweds Linda and Joel Palmer were inspired to create their food van business Palmers Parmies while doing long hours as fly-in, fly-out workers in Darwin. Tired and hungry after their shifts, they dreamed of being able to pick up a chicken parmi on their way home.
The couple, who live in Pomonal near Hall’s Gap, used their week off each month to build a mobile parmi kitchen that gets its first official festival work-out at the 2016 FOS.
Linda’s taste tested chicken parmigiana across Australia and believes their recipe is spot-on: “Everyone loves a chicken parmi. We’re still refining the choice of toppings but our standard parmi comes with chips, salad and the option of gravy,” Linda says.
The couple’s distinctively painted van will be set up in Steampacket Gardens during the Shoreside Festival.
Thirty food stalls and food trucks will be across four sites including Steampacket Gardens, Fairnie Park, the Regatta Village and Eastern Beach.