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Foodtruck RoundUp

A delicious veggie sub. Foto: Isabel Steuer.

A delicious veggie sub. Foto: Isabel Steuer.

On the 16th of January the 8th Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp opened its car doors for guests again. Twice a year food trucks from all over Franconia gather together on the fairground of the Nuremberg Trade Fair and sell their exceptional foods and dishes.

A food truck is like a kitchen on wheels. Inside the truck or large car there are all the necessities of a regular kitchen, but mostly smaller or portable. Modern food trucks are even extra renovated so that an entire kitchen can fit in the back. These trucks also have big windows on their sides or backs, so you can buy the freshly prepared food directly from truck. All of this food is of course finger food. You stand outside and eat with nothing but your hands. This might sound as if the food wasn’t luxurious, but that is a misconception: I went to the Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp and tasted wonderfully varied dishes.

Pulled pork and burritos

Superfood Hotdog. Foto: Isabel Steuer

Superfood Hotdog. Foto: Isabel Steuer

A big hit on this RoundUp were pulled pork sandwiches and burritos. Many trucks had some variety of these dishes, but you could also find delicious vegetarian burgers and sandwiches, homemade potato chips, coffee and hot chocolate, cheese Spätzle and even doughnuts. All of the food trucks took pride in the high quality of their dishes. Every dish was freshly handmade and you could get almost anything in a vegetarian or even vegan version. Burgers and hot dogs were made after an own recipe and you could buy almost every food as a “taster”. A taster is a smaller portion of the dish and only costs half, so you can try a lot of different things without getting full too quickly.

I tried a “superfood hot dog” with carrots, radishes, arugula and sour cream as special toppings to a regular hot dog. Then I tasted a “chivito” which is kind of a burger with steak instead of a burger paddy. I especially loved the caramelised onions and the home made burger sauce in my chivito. For a sweet ending to my visit, I bought some original American candy from the American Candy Car, which was my personal highlight of the trip. In this car you could buy tempting goodies from the US, such as Reese’s peanut butter bars and chunks, hard bonbon Lifesavers, all varieties of Hershey’s chocolate, Twinkies and the hottest potato chips on the planet. This was an absolute must-have for all America fans.

The food trucks only offer fresh and high quality dishes. Foto: Isabel Steuer

The food trucks only offer fresh and high quality dishes. Foto: Isabel Steuer

Twice a year in Nuremberg

If you think food trucks are kind of grimy like some old guy in a trailer at the corner selling slightly smelly chicken, you are totally wrong. The food trucks only offer fresh and high quality dishes. You can eat here with the same quality of a restaurant. “Food trucking” has become its own cult in the past few years. Of course, this food idea started in the US, but recently even the Germans have found a liking to this new kind of dining. The Franconian Foodtruck RoundUp takes place twice a year on the fair grounds of the Nuremberg Trade Fair and is open to all visitors. It will definitely be worth your while.

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Isabel Steuer