As well as the Eat World DBX from the 25th-27th February, The Crema Caravan will visit Al Ain from the 11-13th February and Abu Dhabi from the 18-20th February as part of the Love food festival.
Food truck traders already confirmed for the event include Fish Dogs – which offers an exciting take on the classic fish finger sandwich – by world-renowned London chef Mark Hix, and British Street Food Awards Finalist 2015, Bangwok, which serves authentic Thai street food straight from the window of a customised tuk-tuk. Other food truck highlights will include Big Apple Hot Dogs, an Americana-inspired East London vendor, and The Cheese Truck, which has received several accolades for its oozing, cheesy creations.
Mel and Cal, the innovate duo behind The Crema Caravan told us how, why and where their love for streetfood began. (And we must say, we are beyond delighted that they chose Crème brûlées!)
How did you get into street food?
Mel has a background in marketing and design and Cal is a chef. We spent a few years travelling before we started The Crema Caravan. We saw the street food truck meet ups in California and wanted to be part of something similar; being out on the road, doing events, markets and weddings. Crème brûlée was originally going to be the dessert option to complement something savoury but we saw a niche, made crème brûlée the main event and started the UK’s first Crème brûlée van. It all clicked into place when we spotted a vintage Renault van whilst working in France. We bought Florence in May 2014 and The Crema Caravan was born!
What’s the best thing about being a street food trader?
We love the flexibility and lifestyle that being mobile offers us. Plus wherever we go there’s always great camaraderie between traders. It’s part of what makes the job fun.
What’s your signature dish?
Crème Brûlée or Crema Catalana. (that’s a bit like asking us to choose our favourite child)
What’s the street food scene in the UK like at the moment – how has it evolved?
The scene has definitely spread beyond London and is still growing where we are in Scotland. There’s huge scope, already people are taking note and some great traders and events establishing themselves in the cities. We have some of the best produce in the country to work with, we just need someone to sort out our dire weather!!
Where have you had the best street food, and what was it?
Vietnam, you can’t beat sitting kerbside on a tiny plastic stool enjoying fresh Banh Mi.
Have you been to Dubai or the UAE before?
Never, but we’re really excited about it. Coming from Scotland the chance to trade in the Sunshine was an opportunity we couldn’t turn down!
What gets you most excited about Eat the World DXB?
It’s a great showcase for all the wonderful traders and producers the UK has. And it’s a fantastic opportunity to trade somewhere completely different to home!
Why do you think people love street food?
You can get restaurant quality food at a price within most people’s means. It’s all inclusive- there’s no dress code, no stuffy waiters and certainly no service fee!
What do you think the new street food trend of 2016 will be?
There’s a lot of talk about vegan being the new gluten free… with a dairy dessert, it’s an awkward one for us!
If you’re in the UAE during any of their visits, you’d be totally mad to miss this. I have no doubt that many of the other streetfood vendors will tickle your taste buds, but none will delight the senses quite like The Crema Caravan. Well done guys, but please don’t abandon us – we miss our crème brûlées already!