Apollo Food Trucks in Canada has retrofitted an all-American Ford F59 truck to serve street food for UK foodservice operator, Libertine Burger.
The build is the first in Europe for the Canadian firm, which specialises in custom mobile business manufacturing.
The van boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen including a Magi-Kitch’n grill, Vulcan fryers and True Refrigeration, with space for up to six chefs plus front of house staff.
Taking 18 months from conception to fruition, the bespoke truck was shipped from Canada to the UK, ready for its August maiden voyage.
It will debut from tomorrow (27 August) at the Big Feastival in the Cotswolds, before touring the UK throughout the summer, and then again ahead of Christmas and New Year.
The arrival of the state-of-the-art Libertine Food Truck has been a “dream come true” for Libertine founder Charles Harris. Having grown out of the burgeoning UK street food scene in 2017, Libertine started life in a decked-out Renault Master followed quickly by two restaurant openings in Leamington Spa and Rugby. The arrival of the Libertine Food Truck marks the brand’s return to its roots.
Harris said: “My inspiration for the truck came after an amazing trip to New York. Seeing the extent of the street food scene there was totally eye-opening. I realised the UK had a long way to go to catch up. I love the energy, joy and mood the street food vendors bring to the city. After watching the film ‘Chef’ I was even more sure that we should go ahead and make the investment to bring our own American-style truck to the UK.
“I did a lot of research and chose Apollo to design our truck – the work they’ve done is hugely impressive and we wanted to go with the best in business. I’m thrilled with the result, and seeing our Libertine Truck land on UK soil was a dream come true. I can’t wait to get her out on the road, bringing Libertine beyond Warwickshire and a little slice of the American street-food scene to all corners of the UK.”