Monday 21 August 2017

12 amazing Irish food trucks and alternative caterers you can hire for your wedding day

'Cause weddings are really just an excuse to stuff yourself while wearing a fancy outfit

Karen Birney

Karen Birney

If you consider yourself a foodie in a any way, you'll know that these days it's all about street eats.

Street food has become the way to munch around Ireland as more and more chefs and cooks take to the roads with four wheels and an extractor fan, bringing their tasty cuisines along with them.

And if you're a foodie who's also getting married, you'll probably also know that the place the humble food truck has taken centre-stage in particular most recently is at weddings.

Couples up and down the country looking for something different to entertain guests are taking the most logical way to their friends and family's hearts - through their bellies - with increasingly unusual food options that are a long way from the traditional sausie sambos we've all come to expect after a few hours on the dancefloor.

The good news is there are plenty of purveyors of both the sweet and savoury food varieties currently on the circuit who provide a special service for weddings. Here are some of the stand-outs.

1. Adventure Catering Ireland

Adventure Catering Ireland provide a wide range of catering trucks and cuisines for weddings and events. For day-after celebrations, a hog roast for the carnivores on the guest list might well be a good shout, and their vintage silver airstream is sure to get guests gathering around for both the food and the photo op. Adventure Catering does gourmet streetfood canapes for drinks receptions, offering bites like beef sliders with smoked gouda, chargrilled lamb lollipops, brioche hotdogs and sweet potato fries to hungry guests. See what Adventure Catering can do for weddings here.

2. Challas Hog Roast

Another one for the carnivores, Challas offers South African style catering for weddings and events with lamb, beef ribs, chicken, pork roast and BBQ on their meaty repetoire. Challas can cater a full wedding event, with arrival bites, canapés, main course, desserts and everything in between in a buffet or sit-down meal. Find out more about the South African cuisine and Challas caterers here.

3. The Crepe Box

The Crepe Box serve up both sweet and savoury bites, ergo you'll have something to cater for all guests no matter their taste buds. Currently on the food circuit across the country, the cute Crepe Box is available for private parties including weddings. The pancake pop up has also added organic buckwheat gluten free crepes to their menu, so celiacs and gluten-intolerant guests are catered for. Dairy free can also be arrranged. Crepes are served on disposable plates with biodegradable forks, or can be served as crépette canapés on pinwheels at larger outdoor gatherings. See what the Crepe Box can do for weddings here.

Sweet & Savoury Crepes tonight @belsonicbelfast Bastille & Echosmiths yah!!

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4. Dave's Pizza

Dave's Pizza, which has just found its permanent home in Dublin's George's Street Arcade, offers wood-fired pizza made on-site, and should make a great addition to weddings as either evening-food or for the celebrations the day after. Their sourdough pizzas are handmade right in front of guests from their eye-catching monochrome food truck. Dave's also offers sweet potato fries and flat breads with a variety of toppings, while their breakfast calzone should really get guests intrigued. Visit Dave's wood-fired pizza website here.

We are at the @bloomfestival this bank holiday weekend, come say hi if you're in the Phoenix Park!

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5. Dough Boys

Bringing everything from toasties to warm sambos, to freshly baked cookies and pastries to the mix, Dough Boys, who are currently at home on Charlotte's Way in Dublin, offer something a bit different for couples' big day catering. The Dough Boys have some great specials like Philly style roast pork, 'General Tsao's Chicken', Italian beef and the 'Sloppy Dough' (beef ragu and Parmesan cheese) if you fancy adding something different to the menu. For those planning a low key wedding event at home, evening drinks or a big day-after brunch, a bite from the Dough Boys could go down a treat with guests. Find out more about the Dough Boys here.

6. The Dough Bros

Galway brothers Eugene and Ronan Greaney, aka Dough Bros, went from street stall to pop up, and pop up to permanent - the old Pro Cathedral Building in the heart of Galway City. They now bring the truck it all started in in 2013 (or the one they used to replace the original after it had a bad crash right after their first catering gig, at least) to weddings and other events, dishing out their multi award-winning Neapolitan Pizza from their authentic Italian oven. Get the whole story here.

7. Dublin Doughnut Company

As talking points go, tasty free doughnuts are up there, and how better to get guests mingling and having the chats at your drinks reception than while gathered round a sweet smelling food station awaiting a sugary treat! Dublin Doughnut Co.'s Daim Bar, Vietnamese Coffee (yes please!), The 99, Chocolate & Whiskey, Passionfruit Curd and Belgian Milk Chocolate creations are sure to give guests something to enjoy on the spot and think about for weeks after. Dublin Doughnut Co.'s doughies are available from some of the most regarded cafés in Dublin city and pop up in craft fairs across the city also. Visit their website and various social media pages here.

Some of your faves hitting counters in @147deli and @vicecoffeeinc today including key lime and tiramisu

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8. The Hogfather

Andrew Holmes, the man behind The Hogfather, has over 16 years experience in the catering industry and five years as Head Chef in Avoca. The Hogfather, a real centrepiece for a wedding banquet or get-together for day-after celebrations, was born of Andrew's passion for local Irish produce and flexible, high quality catering. Choose from the straight up free range Wicklow hog or add in sides such as Broccoli, feta, roasted hazelnut and cherry tomato salad or herbed pistachio & couscous salad and celeriac and apple slaw, or work with the chef to develop a bespoke menu to suit your personal taste and style. See the services provided by The Hogfather here.

9. Home Fries

Truly chilled after-hours vibes are sure to be made all the more delicious with a post-dancefloor visit from the tasty Home Fries truck. Delivering pan fried baby potatoes in the form of patatas bravas or smothered in chipper curry, garlic and cheese, chorizo or pulled pork, they're sure to get guests well fuelled for round two. Find out more about Home Fries here.

Sunshine and the Flea. Sure where would you be going.

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10. K Chido Mexico

Rolling up in a vintage Citroen HY, K Chido Mexican brings with it scrumptious pulled pork tacos, nachos and tortas to alternative weddings. Currently parked in the entrance to Fegan's foodservice warehouse from Monday-Friday in Dublin 7, the funky colourful food truck does Mexican brunch at the weekends when it's not on the road catering for weddings and events. Contact K Chido here.

11. Lala Poutine

We're not all that familiar with this Canadian delicacy, but poutine should be right up the street of Irish wedding guests who crave a big plate of comfort food after a couple of hours on the dancefloor. Poutine uses twice cooked potatoes for a crispy outside and soft interior and classically, chips are served with cheese curds and gravy. The bright yellow truck should make for a beam of beauty in the after-hours, or make for a great back drop for next-day drinks. Find out about their event hire service here.

Little taste of home thanks to #lalapoutine

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12. The Rolling Donut

Post-ceremony donuts should go down a treat for summer weddings with a nice iced coffee or lemonade, but if you're planning a winter wedding, delicious oozy sugary sweets like these are practically a must, served up with a comforting hot chocolate. The Rolling Donut do some super Instagrammable looking treats; stack them up as a wedding cake alternative or dish them out after dinner and watch the personalised wedding hashtag rack up the likes. Put in your orders here.

Vegan beauties another great pic from @noraspiration #vegan #whatveganseat #donuts #treatyoself #igers

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Bonus hire: The Shebeen

The pretty Shebeen on wheels adds something really unique to an outdoor drinks reception and should make for a tip-top talking point, great atmosphere and gorgeous backdrop for guests' photos. The mobile bar can cater for weddings, day after celebrations and can provide bar staff and a drinks pick up service or you can man, and stock, the bar yourself. See here for details.

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