Today I checked out the newest food truck to hit the streets of Sydney. With chef William, fresh from the kitchen aboard the Sea Shepard, running the kitchen and Karl from Yulli’s keeping on eye on things the high quality of my lunch was a sure thing!

The sustainable food truck VEGGIE PATCH VAN just commenced full operations and is offering patrons the opportunity to taste vegetarian treats in satellite destinations across the Sydney CBD.
Karl from Yulli’s

A collaborative effort between heralded TMOD design studio in Darlinghurst, and renowned vegetarian hot spot Yulli’s Restaurant in Surry Hills, VEGGIE PATCH VAN will bring to life the founder’s vision of bringing healthy vegetarian food to the masses, promoting local growers and raising awareness for sustainable eating and living. Recipients of a commission from the City of Sydney as a part of their City of Sydney’s Council Food Truck trial, Veggie Patch Van will bring convenient, ecologically viable dining to life. Priding themselves on the vehicle’s low environmental impact, the founders have toiled long and hard to conceive a moveable dining experience that runs on solar power and vegetable oil.

Serving a seasonally driven menu from a converted green Winnebago, the van will showcase the home grown aesthetic of its founders. Constantly evolving, some of the highlight dishes include a herbed falafel burger, raw pumpkin pesto pasta, organic lemonade, polenta and kale chips, and the acclaimed ancient grain zucchini burger, named one of Sydney’s top ten burgers by the Sydney Magazine. With the increasing popularity of the raw food movement, VEGGIE PATCH VAN will have a daily raw food offering. Vegetarian fare can be washed down with an exclusive beverage menu locally brewed in Mt Kuringai by The Happy Goblin including flavours such as (non-alcoholic) Chai Ginger Beer, Cinnamon Cola, Chilli Lime and Ginger and the always popular old favourite Traditional Lemonade.

James couldn’t wait to tuck in

“We’re devoted to using seasonal produce sourced from local growers. Our whole food philosophy extends on the ‘paddock-to-plate’ movement. We want to offer minimally processed, full-flavoured cuisine aimed at reconnecting growers with diners.” Karl Kooney Veggie Patch Van and Yullis Owner

“To be able to design a sustainable project in it’s entirety was a dream come true. From the exterior, converting an old winebago, the printed promotional material, to the vertical garden and the menu it’s self.” TMOD said

“Food trucks are a street-food sensation in other global cities like Los Angeles and New York, and Sydneysiders told us they want them here – the idea is gourmet-quality, affordable food in places where options have previously been limited, especially late at night,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

VEGGIE PATCH VAN is cobbled together from an eclectic array of materials sourced from varied Australian locations including junkyards, roadsides and demolition sites. Sustainable plantation pine, recycled fence pails and used stainless steel are just some of the amalgamation of odds and ends utilised for VEGGIE PATCH VAN’s build, which also boasts a portable vertical organic herb plantation and hand crafted macramé plant pots for garden lovers and organic fanatics.

iPhone buz as lunch goers wait for their order

The enterprise’s whole foods philosophy extends on the ‘paddock to plate’ movement ensuring the delivery of fresh, full flavoured cuisine aimed at reconnecting growers with diners. Already a fixture in Sydney’s vibrant vegetarian community, the collective have already become spokespeople for the sustainability movement in Sydney and have appeared at events including Pecha Kucha, Food Connects sustainable Real food night, Better Homes & Gardens expo and in the Taste of Sydney’s sustainable food section.

Follow the van on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with the Veggie Patch’s location and operating hours.

Pop down to be one of the first to sample their vegetarian fare….

Catch VEGGIE PATCH VAN this weekend at –

Saturday 29th September 2012
William Street Laneway Festival Paddington

The prestigious shopping precinct William Street in Paddington will be turned into Sydney’s First fashion laneway festival. The laneway will have no car access, and filled with art installations, food trucks including the VEGGIE PATCH VAN, local musicians and all boutiques will be offering special one day offers.

Future Events-

Friday 5th October – Sunday 7th October 2012
Horden Pavillion

The ultimate food event, turning Moore Park into a festival of all things food and cooking.