There’s wheely good food on every corner
Mobile eateries multiplying
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.