Grabbing lunch from a food truck. Such a normal thing in the USA. The concept of offering different types of street food on wheels has become tremendous popular in America and now taking over in Holland!
Well…hmm taking over, this invasion is limited to festivals and events only since regulations in Holland are very strict and complex for mobile vendors. If finally an entrepreneur is appointed to a public place, it is only open for junk food like hotdogs and fries.
Still step by step the rolling kitchen scene is getting more recognition. For instance the city of Amsterdam started a pilot project where in different areas entrepreneurs are permitted to sell food check: https://www.amsterdam.nl/ondernemen/markt-straathandel/pilot-voedselwagens/ Moreover the list of specific food truck festivals is growing in the bigger cities.
This summer you can find numerous festivals hosting street food and rolling kitchens in Holland. I have listed the upcoming food truck events in Holland below. The festivals are free of entrance and sometimes with live music. Check if there is one nearby you!
City: Eindhoven | TU Terrein Eindhoven| http://www.festival-foodstock.nl | 24, 25, 26 july 2015
The name of this festival itself is already appealing. Food and drink festival representing different kinds of food. However very standard things like tosti, waffles and curros.
City: Amsterdam | NDSM-Werf Amsterdam | www.amsterdamkookt.nl | 31 july till 2 augustus 2015
First edition of this festival where more exclusive food trucks from Holland present their delights on a unique location, an old warf.
City: Middelburg | Walensingel Middelburg | www.culikaravaan.nl/ | 13, 14, 15 Augustus 2015
First foodtruck festival in the province of Zeeland representing just a few foodtrucks.
City: Haarlem | Kenaupark Haarlem| www.proefparkhaarlem | 28, 29, 30 Augustus 2015
30 foodtrucks serving specialties like bitterballen from goase meat or lobster burgers…..
Food Soul Festival
City: Zoetermeer | Marseillepad Zoetermeer |www.foodsoulfestival.nl | 28, 29, 30 augustus 2015
Foodtruck event where 20 food trucks will offer their delicious food in Zoetermeer. Among this list of food truck festivals, Zoetermeer is not a big Dutch city
City: Den Haag | Westbroekpark, Kapelweg | www. festival-trek.nl 10, 11, 12 and 13 september 2015
22.500 visitors came to the edition last year. This organization is touring through Holland hitting several public parks. Check their website for their agenda.
City: Rotterdam | Noordplein Rotterdam | www.rrrollend.nl | 11, 12, 13 septemer 2015
Also Rrrollend is an organization of food truck festivals hitting Rotterdam, Dordrecht, Nijmegen, Leiden, Katwijk, Leeuwarden, Zwolle, Groningen and Den Haag.
In Rotterdam Rrrollend will host a festival with 30 foodtrucks. Live music and entertainment
Hippe Happen Festival
City: Den Bosch | Deltalaan 5247 Rosmalen | www. hippehappenfestival.nl| 25, 26, 27 september 2015
First edition of this food truck festival where they have an extensive program check here: http://hippehappenfestival.nl/programma
My friends hate me for letting them climb the 365 stairs :-P
Even though I live so nearby Delft I should visit it more often. Delft is lovely, cute, small and just nice to hang around. I mostly bring my friends from abroad here. They hate me for climbing 365 stairs of the new church, but love me for the view from above :-P.
The times I visit little Amsterdam its for dinner or a drink. I like de “Beestenmarkt”, (cattle square in the old days) a square which is surrounded by restaurants where you have indoor and outdoor eating and drinking possibilities. There are many options for the cuisine of your choice. Before choosing your dining or drinking spot, here are 3 things you should know which makes your restaurant choice perhaps easier.
Summer is coming but with Dutch weather being unpredictable I found two museum exhibitions you might like.
Both have Dutch history in common and both are on my must visit list. So join me before the exhibitions are ending this summer. Who’s in?