Food trucks in Europe became popular in 2000’s. Still, the history of street food sold from trailers, carts goes to earlier times. So, let’s make a small trip to a mobile restaurants’ history of European countries and see what is popular today.
Food trucks in Germany
Probably the first food trucks in Germany appeared in the 19th century, but have not become popular. Field kitchens named Goulash trucks were used during the First and the Second World wars.
After the war was finished, mobile canteens disappeared from the streets, one could find them only in the US army locations. In 1967 though, a local farmer Max Hertel built a food truck based on a Volkswagen bus. It was not doomed to sell stewed cabbage or sausages, as one could think. Mr. Hertel sold grilled chicken. And the reason was simple as it is – frozen poultry he used to sell in a market became much more expensive than in regular shops. Not to lose, he invented a grill and entered a new business.
Today, more and more street vendors prefer food trucks in Germany. They are mobile, stylish, open great business opportunities. In German cities, you will find organic food, pizza, burgers, Asian, Turkish mobile restaurants, and, of course, food trucks selling sausages and desserts.
Street food in Italy
It is curious that street food in Italy appeared yet before Christ. Archeologists found among ruins of Pompe, special street kitchenettes. They used to be called thermopolia. Local vendors used to cook and sell meals to the people who lived in condominiums and houses without kitchens. Kitchenettes offered ready food for any budget.
As time went by, street food was more or less popular. The last half of the XXth century became remarkable as this was the time with Italian cities were flooded with carts, trailers, food trucks, and trailers. Lots of mobile restaurants served pizza, hotdogs, spaghetti, and desserts.
Today, national food trucks in Italy are the most popular – more than 69% of Italians choose it for lunch or dinner. About 17% of locals prefer international cuisine: hotdogs, empanadas, burgers, kebap, empanadas, Chinese ravioli.
Food trucks in France
What is interesting is that the first food truck in Europe is considered to appear not in Italy, but in France. It happened in 1962 in Marseille. The idea belonged to Jean Meritan with the nickname Jeannot the Pizza Man. His first pizza truck was equipped with a wood-fire oven to make sure that the final product is as tasty as possible.
The idea turned out to be so popular, that from 1962 to 1966 the number of pizza mobile restaurants in Marseille grew from 1 to 225.
These days, you can find many food trucks in France. Vendors use them to sell traditional French cuisine, as well as international meals. Here, you will find organic burgers with different types of cheese, chips with truffle seasoning, shrimps, fish meals, doner kebap. For dessert, you will be offered croissants, macarons, and even maybe wine.
Mobile restaurants in Romania
This is another county where mobile restaurants are very popular today. But it has not been like this before. The first food truck in Romania was noticed in 2014. It was a burger van made of a mobile shop. The owner had to pay about 20,000 Euro for this and spent a quarter of this amount on equipment.
Today, you can find food trucks in parks in many cities in Romania. In Bucharest with a population of fewer than 2 mln people, there are over 150 mobile restaurants.
The owners organize lots of food truck festivals where vendors from different countries take place. Mobile restaurants are welcome at parties and weddings.
Romanians love national cuisine, sandwiches, burgers, buns, waffles, ice-cream, hot chocolate, and coffee.
Food trucks in the Netherlands
Officially, the food truck business started in the Netherlands in 2013, when Amsterdam authorities considered an offer to legalize selling street food. After Amsterdam, the idea became popular in other cities and towns. In 2015, a pilot two-year project called Tasty food on the street started. There were 150 applicants, but only 40 were approved.
However, yet before this time, there were food carts in many Dutch cities. One could see ice-cream vans in every town and in every district.
Today, one may say that Netherlands became the real capital of the food truck business in Europe. Food trucks are used for selling international burgers, chips, pizza, desserts, as well as for local specialties – poffertjes, bread, herring.
You can find food trucks in Spain, Greece, Poland, Croatia, Litva, Latvia, Sweden, and in many other countries. Each has its own history and can boast national delicacies and specialties. With Futuristo trailers, food truck business can become more popular and diversified.