Expert advice for would-be food truck operators

Expert advice for would-be food truck operators

Culinary experts keen to take their ideas to the streets as part of Sydney’s food truck movement will be able to learn from experienced operators at the City of Sydney’s latest business workshop.

The Food Trucks 101 seminar on 21 May will offer would-be operators practical, hands-on help to get them started serving quality street lunches and late-night feeds.

Industry experts and current operators, including Cantina Movil’s Stephanie Raco and The Veggie Patch Van’s Karl Cooney, will share their expertise and provide advice on what running a food truck business in Sydney is really like.

City staff will also be on hand to demystify the application process and provide guidance on building and designing a truck.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the seminar was vital for would-be food truck operators looking to make the first step into one of Sydney’s most exciting small business ventures.

“When we asked Sydneysiders what they wanted late at night, many people said they wanted food trucks. The City listened and acted and over the past two years our trial of new food trucks has been a stunning success,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City recently endorsed making the food truck program permanent and staff are now working to expand the locations food trucks can trade in and working with new operators keen to set up their own businesses.

“This seminar offers would-be food truck operators a chance to get industry-specific advice from successful food truck businesses.”

The food truck workshop forms part of the City’s Business 101 seminar series, which offers hands-on business advice on everything from tech start-ups to small bars.

Now in its third year, the seminars are designed for existing and budding small business owners looking at taking the first step. Each event includes presentations from industry experts and City staff, case studies and practical advice for navigating the processes of setting up and running your own business.

Last year’s series attracted more than 1,000 attendees to eight sold-out seminars. Participants are urged to book their spots early.

Food Trucks 101

Date:               Wednesday 21 May 2014

Time:              6.30-8.30pm

Venue:            Barnet Long Room, Customs House – 31 Alfred Street, Circular Quay

The session is free but bookings are essential. For more information or to register, visit:

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Keeley Irvin.
Phone 0448 005 718 or email

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin.
Phone 0477 310 149 or email