Food truck festival and Latin food in Al Quoz

The Eid Caravan food truck festival runs through September 17 in Al Quoz. Photo by Stacie Overton Johnson
The Eid Caravan food truck festival runs through September 17 in Al Quoz. Photo by Stacie Overton Johnson

Grab some street food at this week’s Eid Caravan festival. Held in Al Quoz, the seven-day festival features three food trucks along with a pop-up coffee concept, market stalls with handmade items, live music, a kids’ area and more.

The food truck Casa Latina has organised the event, which kicked off today, to mark their official grand opening. The Venezuelan chefs behind the truck will be on site all week dishing up Latino food. They’ll also host free cookery classes throughout the festival. Among the truck’s signature dishes is the arepa — a gluten-free corn cake that can be filled with cheese, shredded beef, cheese and beef or chicken and avocado (the chicken and avocado is my favourite). On the side, try the addictive tequenos — crispy Venezuelan cheese sticks.

The festival also features two other food trucks — Toasted and Yumtingz. Toasted serves up gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with inspired fillings. Try The Mexican, a spicy and flavour-packed toastie with beef pepperoni, jalapeños, onion, tomato, cheddar and mozzarella cheese. We also tried a tasty peri peri chicken wrap from Yumtingz, a truck known for its signature burgers (including a camel burger).

Held inside a two-level warehouse (with air conditioning), the festival boasts plenty of seating. There’s also a pop-up coffee concept from Spill the Beanz. Upstairs, there’s a handful of market stalls selling homemade Latin American-inspired gifts, jewellery and clothing. There’s even some imported Latin American packaged snacks and sweets for sale.

The festival runs today through September 17 from 11am to 11pm. Entry to the festival is free. It’s in Warehouse 4 in Al Quoz, Dubai, next to LED World warehouse. For more, visit www.facebook.com/CasaLatinaFoodtruck

sjohnson@thenational.ae

Published: September 10, 2016 04:00 AM

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