Baakens Food Truck Friday is in the Bay

  • 16 November 2016 | By Anje Rautenbach

Fridays just got a whole lotta more interesting in the Bay thanks to the first ever Baakens Food Truck Friday that will tantalise Nelson Mandela Bay’s taste buds on 18 November 2016 from 4pm until 9pm. 

The Baakens Food Truck Friday – which will take place every third Friday of the month – is a family-orientated event with free entry, and delicious meals at a cost of R45 or less.

But food is not all you will get.

Kids can enjoy the PeddleKarts and face painting and there will also be live music, a few local acts, henna body tattoos, and alcohol will be available from Fratelli Foods and the Baakens Valley Brewery, so don’t forget to bring your own picnic blankets or camping chairs.

This community-driven event – organised by Jan du Plessis of WERK_ and Grant Foong of Foong’s Asian Street Food - will see a dozen food trucks, tuk-tuks and trailers showcase their unique offerings in the heart of Nelson Mandela Bay; from artisanal pizzas, to gourmet burgers, sweet treats, vegetarian meals and Asian cuisine, patrons are in for a taste sensation.

Chantal Bezuidenhout, social media marketer at Social Media Shakeup, said:

"I believe in connecting people and what better way to connect than at the first Baakens Food Truck Friday - food and fun for the whole family!"


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Of course you are.

Here is a list of what you can expect at the very first Baakens Food Truck Friday.

Food Trucks:

• Makoy

• Mastertons Coffee & Tea Specialists

• Street Cred Chef

• Fushin

• Foongs

• Groundfloor Cafe

• Gourmet Girl

• Wafelbak

• The Munch Box PE

• Slush Puppie Port Elizabeth

• Chia Health Food Co.

Drinks and Craft Beer:

• Fratelli Foods PE

• Richmond Hill Brewing Co.

A few words from the Bay’s Foodies and Bloggers about Baakens Food Truck Friday

The excitement for Baakens Food Truck Friday is all over and some of Nelson Mandela Bay’s local bloggers and foodies will be documenting what they feast on this Friday through their blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and also Instagram.

Odette Johaar - O So Inpsired

"The Baakens Food Truck Friday is one of many concepts taking place in the Baakens Valley area, which has had recently seen an urban revival. Projects such as the Baakens Foodtruck Friday helps develop the arts and food culture in PE and also brings economic benefits to the area, as these projects are run by small and local businesses."

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Eleanor Douglas-Meyer - Just Ella Bella

"I love food,family and being frugal... seriously I don't like breaking the bank. So food truck Friday is right up my ally, a great vibe and food under R45 sign me up! Also no cooking on a Friday night (a nice break for the husband.. hehe)."

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Food in PE

"We love new ideas being brought into Port Elizabeth, and we reckon Food Truck Friday will be a success because bringing people and food together is always a good idea".

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Miriam Chipo Maulana - New Kid On The Block

"As a foodie, nothing excites me more than trying out new food, different cuisines and better yet from a fast food truck. Food and good company now that's a way to end the week."

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Nadine Rose Larter - Passing the Open Windows


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Julie George - Gourmet Girl PE

“Gourmet Girl is honoured to be part of Baakens Food Truck Friday.  I believe it's going to set a new precedent for food markets in Nelson Mandela Bay and be an event that people cannot wait to get to.  Gourmet Girl will be serving scrumptious sweet and savoury gourmet pancakes.”

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Mwarianesu Mutsaka - Differently Confident

"So excited for the first ever Baakens Food Truck Friday! Cannot wait to taste the amazing food and meet the beautiful people from the Bay."

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Baakens Food Truck Friday - The Details

Date: 18 November 2016

Time: 4pm to 9pm

Place: Valley road and Alabaster street, Port Elizabeth.

Cost: Free entrance and all food items will be capped at R45.

Visitors are advised to park in Upper Valley Road and a limited indoor facility is available in the WERK_ warehouse in case of inclement weather and toilet facilities are also available inside.

Remember to write "Baakens Food Truck Friday" in your calender for the 23rd of December 2016!

Compiled by Anje Rautenbach, travel blogger at Going Somewhere Slowly. Follow her journeys around South Africa on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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