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Food trucks roll into Barooga

By Jessica Ball

The newly-minted Barooga Food Truck Park appeared to pop up overnight.

Food Trucks Australia founder Ray Khouri has transformed the Barooga Hardware Centre car park into a tourist destination where people can taste test the flavours of the world.

“We've got scheduled food trucks coming in from all different regions of the world,” Mr Khouri said.

“I've got the next two months booked out in advance.”

My Cheeky Habit serving up gourmet desserts at Barooga Food Truck Park.

Last week, My Cheeky Habit rolled into town for a seven day stint, serving up dessert pizzas, shakes and coffee.

This week, there will be a dance off between Peruvian and Brazilian cuisines.

While Latin Corner will offer South American dishes, Pampa Flame will be cooking up Brazilian barbecue from Thursday and Mr Khouri there would be plenty of entertainment.

“Both of them are going to be here at the same time, they're going to be in either side of each other and both of them entertainers,” he said.

“The Latins, they do salsa dancing, they actually get the crowd going and the Brazilians, they do zumba, so they can have a dance off.”

Mr Khouri said the food truck industry had been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and he felt a need to create an opportunity where they could trade after their generosity serving firefighters during the summer's fires.

He also said it was important to involve local business and was on the search for local musicians to entertain the crowd.

“We're speaking to local businesses here to become the supplier to these vendors so we can get more money back into the community,” he said.

Enjoying a Friday afternoon treat Barooga's Jess Stanyer and her family dug into the a dessert pizza.

Mrs Stanyer said the food trucks were a great way to get people out and about after lockdown.

“We want to support local but it gives a bit a variety something special to come and enjoy in these uncertain times,” she said.

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