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Discovering Wānaka’s Food Truck Scene

PIZZA PIZZA

The desire to eat excellent pizza was the driving force for Wānaka locals Tiffany Firth and Nick Robertson to start their own pizza business.

“We really wanted a delicious takeaway wood fired pizza one night and couldn’t buy one in Wānaka so Pizza Pizza was born in February,” says Tiffany. 

The pair make their own pizza dough from a sour dough starter and use authentic flavoursome ingredients.

“ A good pizza starts with a tasty base, our homemade pizza sauce and a variety of high-quality toppings. Our Italian Meatballs pizza is winter perfection and the arancini balls with black garlic aioli are amazing as are the jalapeno poppers with lemon lime aioli.”

Tiffany says feedback has been next level.

“Every day we get told how delicious the pizzas are with compliments like ‘best pizza ever.’ 

“The Food Truck Village is gorgeous with a great community feel and a strong offering of food to suit all tastes. We hope people come down this winter and enjoy the space.”

Curbside Coffee & Bagels

Joanna Schellkes and Alex Finney created Curbside Coffee & Bagels for locals and tourists to enjoy excellent coffee and freshly made bagels to eat-in or takeaway every day of the week.

“We serve hand rolled New York style bagels with a range of toppings to choose from,” says Joanna. “Some favourites are the breakfast and salmon bagels and the vegetarian halloumi bagel. Our customers also love the Reuben with house-made tender corned beef, sauerkraut, sliced swiss cheese and house-made Russian dressing.”

“Being told ‘they’re the best bagels outside of New York’ has been heart-warming and people appreciate how fresh and flavourful our food is. Some people could happily eat them every day and our jalapeno and chorizo scones have become a household name amongst locals as has our caramel slice. We also offer gluten free bagels.”

“ We love the social and fun vibe of the food truck village with outdoor timber tables and bench seats alongside outdoor heating which allows customers to socialise, relax and enjoy the variety of foods on offer.”

COCO HUT

People love the authentic flavours and freshness of dishes like duck rotis and Pad Thai at the Food Truck Village’s Coco Hut.

Owner Chrissi Roper dreamt up the concept to combine her love of Asian food and quirky bamboo beach huts while relaxing on a Balinese beach.

“After Covid-19 hit I needed to diversify my catering business and established Coco Hut by converting my food truck into a Bali beach hut serving my favourite Asian dishes.”

All the dumplings and wontons are handmade and rolled with no pre-packaged goods used in food preparation.

“We serve a delicious variety of Southeast Asian food slow cooked with love. On the menu for winter are various dumplings and wontons, beef rendang curry, our famous peking duck flaky rotis, hearty pad Thai noodles, and a winter warming Tom Yum noodle broth, with veggie and gluten free options,” says Chrissi.

 “The Wānaka Food Truck Village is so beautiful with its landscaping and the creek running through. I love how people can come in with a group and everyone can eat something different from any of the food trucks – it’s so cool.”

BURRITO CRAFT

Burrito Craft is Marc and Julia Magee’s response to falling in love with burritos and Mexican food on their world travels.

“We wanted to eat Mexican all the time and we got the inspiration for the business from eating our way through the food trucks across the US,” says Julia.

Burrito Craft is our take on Mexican food. It doesn’t have to be authentic like our new cheeseburger inspired burrito that has developed a cult following with Wānaka locals and comes highly recommended – if you know you know.”

She says the hype is real amongst visitors with Americans often crowning their burritos New Zealand’s best.

“Our team loves what we do and much effort goes into it. Everything we make from scratch on site using fresh local, New Zealand and Mexican products. We also make burrito bowls to eliminate the gluten wrap and make a huge effort to cater for the vegan market.”

“We love the vibe at the Food Truck Village where there is something for everyone and a lovely area to sit and relax. We are lucky to have this purpose-built garden that’s a ‘must do’ for visitors to Wānaka.”