There’s wheely good food on ev­ery cor­ner

Mo­bile eater­ies mul­ti­ply­ing

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES - By AIMEE WILSON

Mo­bile food car­a­vans are pop­ping up all over Wanaka with three new busi­nesses started in the past month alone.

Kirsten Wheeler set up her Vice Food Company out­side Mitre 10 last month, spe­cial­is­ing in crepes, and just a block away on An­der­son Rd Flair McKay has The Good Spot op­er­at­ing from her bright blue car­a­van.

McKay, who also owns Cof­fee Cure at the Wanaka Med­i­cal Cen­tre, opened just aweek ago but had been plan­ning to do some­thing for years.

‘‘In terms of af­ford­abil­ity it was some­thing I could cre­ate…I’m try­ing to be more play­ful. A bit more me,’’ she said.

The suc­cess of mo­bile food car­a­vans in Christchurch fol­low­ing the earth­quake had also proved its vi­a­bil­ity, and she spent win­ter con­vert­ing her kitchen on wheels.

Mean­while, in down­town Wanaka two mo­bile food car­a­vans have es­tab­lished them­selves right be­side each other in a car sales yard.

David Hovvey moved his new Food Pod business there three weeks ago, and cooks fresh dumplings and other Asian cre­ations, while next door a bur­rito business op­er­ates in the evenings. Hovvey said op­er­at­ing a mo­bile food business was a big com­mit­ment, in terms of money and time, and find­ing the right site was im­por­tant.

‘‘We have a good land­lord here,’’ he said.

With a back­ground in cater­ing, this was the first time he had set up a food car­a­van, and said the beauty of it was be­ing able to move around, and also change the menu fre­quently.

‘‘Peo­ple re­spond to the dif­fer­ent of­fer­ings,’’ he said.

The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil has is­sued 135 food stall li­cences since the start of the year, com­pared with 129 for the same pe­riod last year.

More me: Flair McKay and her new mo­bile cafe The Good Spot.

Dumplings: David Hovvey of the Food Pod serves Michael Tip­pett a cof­fee.

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