Community’s insatiable appetite for food truck delights

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HABANA is only 15 minutes away from two shopping centres but very few restaurants and takeaways will deliver there.

And so Habana resident Palmina Rae decided to make matters into her own hands by inviting the food trucks to the suburb.

“Restaurants didn’t want to come as far as we lived even though we don’t think we live very far away – or there were extra charges,” Mrs Rae said.

The Zambrero food truck was the first to visit the Habana community. Picture: Palmina Rae

The first to visit was Peter Quinn with his Zambrero truck he collected from Brisbane to help garner more business during COVID-19 restrictions.

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“The first time that it came (to Habana), the line-up was amazing,” Mrs Rae said.

“We’ve never seen anything like that.

“It was so well supported that we thought maybe we should find some more trucks.”

Palmina Rae and her son Zavier Rae, 5, enjoying desserts from Hellacool Creamery at Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae.

Palmina Rae and her son Zavier Rae, 5, enjoying desserts from Hellacool Creamery at Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae.

And find they did.

So far, the little town of rolling grassy hills has been visited by Let’z Waffle, Nisaki Greek Yiros, Hellacool Creamery and last night’s visitors, Issy’s Woodfired Pizza – Buffstars Coffee and Ziffy’s Frozen Yoghurt.

Ziffy's Frozen Yoghurt and Issy's Woodfired Pizza visit Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae

Ziffy’s Frozen Yoghurt and Issy’s Woodfired Pizza visit Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae

“When the (pizza truck) first pulled up and parked, I said, ‘I hope you brought a few pizzas’,” Mrs Rae said.

“The pizza truck made 220 pizza bases and they sold out.

“They said, ‘That’s what we do on a New Year’s Eve’.”

Freshly cooked pizzas served up at Habana by Issy's Woodfired Pizza. Picture: Palmina Rae

Freshly cooked pizzas served up at Habana by Issy’s Woodfired Pizza. Picture: Palmina Rae

Mrs Rae said the visits have become a community affair as they worked together to set tables up and string lights in the big trees.

“It’s been a really important thing for our community to do,” she said.

“To come out and see each other and say, ‘How are you going?’

“It was an unexpected positive side to COVID, it makes COVID not as scary for our community.”

The Let'z Waffle and Nisaki Greek Yiros food trucks serving the residents at Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae

The Let’z Waffle and Nisaki Greek Yiros food trucks serving the residents at Habana. Picture: Palmina Rae

Vendors had thanked Habana residents for their support by giving to the Habana and District Progress Association.

Issy’s Woodfired Pizza Cafe owner Israel Vogiatzis said visiting suburbs was helping them during COVID-19 when traditional events had been cancelled.

“Habana came out and supported us very nicely,” Mr Vogiatzis said.

“They’ve got a nice little community out there.”

He said they would also be “definitely” open to visiting other suburbs like the Northern Beaches if there was a demand for it.

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Where the food trucks will be this weekend:

– Nisaki Greek Yiros is serving up yiros and loaded fries at Mt Pleasant Shopping Centre on Friday from 5pm and at the Mackay GP Superclinic Group on Saturday and Sunday from 5pm.

– Let’z Waffle will be serving up Nutella-dunked, brownie topped or raspberry sprinkled waffles and more at Mackay GP Superclinic Group, Rural View, on Saturday from 5pm to 9pm.

– Issy’s Woodfired Pizza Cafe will be dishing out pizzas next to Seaforth General Store on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm to 8pm.

– Hellacool Creamery has your dessert sorted at the Woolworths Ooralea store on Friday from 5pm to 9pm and the Coles Northern Beaches Central store on Sunday from 5pm to 9pm.

– Ziffy’s Frozen Yoghurt will be at Seaforth Markets Sunday 8am-11am


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