15 of Our Favourite Mobile Food Carts & Tricycles for Events
An event without food or drinks for attendees is like a bike without wheels – one doesn’t come without the other and if it does then you’ll have some very ‘hangry’ guests on your hands!
We have noticed that events are moving away from providing the customary three-course meal for attendees and opting instead for a selection of canapés and unique vending carts. Take our recent foray to the UK Blog Awards for example – guests were treated to a selection of favourite dishes in the form of mini fish and chips, prawn cocktail, pizza and popcorn rather than a sit-down meal.
Vending carts for events can come in a whole range of styles and hold a whole range of wonders – from ice cream tricycles, to hot dog tricycles – there is something for every event theme and to tickle every taste bud.
To help you narrow down the options we’ve picked out our top 15 mobile food carts for rent for your event!
1) Mobile Cheese Tricycle
We’ve found that cheese is always a winner at events and this tricycle toting a wide range of award-winning cheeses is perfect for corporate events, summer parties and weddings. The cart has a built-in cooling system to ensure that the Welsh slate top keeps the cheese at an optimum temperature. Chutneys, seedless grapes, celery sticks, crackers, biscuits and homemade bread are provided to accompany these delicious cheeses! Though if you have a number of vegan guests, it’s best to ensure that you have some vegan-friendly alternatives on offer.
2) Hot Dog Tricycle
Inspired by the classic American diner, this hot dog cart can cater to meat lovers and vegetarians alike offering a choice of large Herta or Quorn frankfurters. Served in heated soft-flour rolls with a range of toppings and condiments including caramelised onions, tomato ketchup and American mustard. Are your mouths watering yet? Perfect if you’re hosting a funfair or American themed event – or if you just love a good hot dog – this mobile tricycle offers healthy sized portions that won’t leave your guests hungry.
3) Crepes Tricycle
Freshly prepared in front of your guests, these delicious crepes can be savoury or sweet depending on your preference. If you opt for savoury, toppings include: ham, cheese, smoked salmon and cream cheese, whilst sweet toppings encompass: sugar lemon, nutella and maple syrup. Served on paper plates with wooden cutlery, guests needn’t worry about getting mucky fingers whilst eating this notoriously messy French pancakes! Served in an eye-catching yellow and orange tricycle, it’s perfect for brightly coloured and summer events.
4) Churros Tricycle
A festival favourite and popular at street markets in Europe, nothing beats freshly made churros dunked in chocolate when it comes to sating your sweet tooth! This is the ideal dessert for any event.
5) Cotton Candy Carts
Cotton candy, sweet and light, this is the perfect sweet treat for a range of themed events. The cotton candy can even be coloured to match your event’s colour scheme – which is especially ideal for weddings and brand events where your brand colours need to make a prominent appearance.
6) Waffle Cart
Your guests will be hailing your event as the best ever when the aroma of these freshly cooked waffles begins to pervade throughout the venue! Mouth wateringly delicious, these sumptuous waffles can be topped with fresh strawberries and cream, icing sugar, nutella or maple syrup, or a combination of all if you’re feeling particularly indulgent! Served from an eye-catching mobile tricycle on paper plates with wooden knives and forks, these waffles will be the talk of your event.
7) Pick ‘n’ Mix Tricycle
Complete with all of your favourite traditional sweets and pink and white striped paper bags, this pick ‘n’ mix tricycle is incredibly popular with weddings as well as summer parties and themed events. Sparking nostalgic memories of childhood visits to the sweet shop and cinema, this pick ‘n’ mix vending cart will be a huge hit with your guests at your next event.
8) Popcorn Tricycle
Ideal if you’ve got a movie themed event, or even if you haven’t, this mobile popcorn tricycle has two separate popcorn machines enabling guests to choose between two classic popcorn flavours: sweet and salty. The popcorn is served in classic red and white striped cardboard boxes or paper cones, which can also be customised to display branding if it’s a corporate event.
9) Ice Cream Tricycle
Perfect for a hot summers day, this ice cream tricycle will serve your event guests with a selection of luxury ice cream from Rossi’s – a historic ice cream parlour located at Southend-on-Sea. Complete with bunting and parasol, this ice cream bike will add a cute aesthetic to any event! Alternatively, try out these snow cones for winter events.
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10) The Gin Bike
This quintessentially British drink is every bit deserving of having its own dedicated drinks bike! Able to come up with a bespoke drinks menu for your specific event, each cocktail is made from a range of high quality gins and specialist mixers. Served from a vintage 1940s Pashley bike, this tricycle will add a little something special to your event. They also offer a special Gin and Fizz package that adds either Champagne or Prosecco to the drinks list.
11) Pimm’s Tricycle
As soon as the notorious great British summer makes an appearance out comes the Pimm’s! It’s always Pimm’s O’Clock with our Pimm’s tricycle, which is decorated with the union jack and red, white and blue colouring only fitting for the UK’s favourite summertime tipple. Complete with all the traditional trimmings – ice, strawberries, cucumber, mint and oranges – this Pimm’s tricycle is perfect for garden parties and adding a summery feel to drinks receptions!
12) Prosecco Tricycle
Add bit of luxury to your event with this Prosecco tricycle – also able to serve chilled sparkling wine or rose by the glass. The tricycle also includes a jeweled parasol, gold picket fence, and bespoke glassware to create an extra feeling of exclusivity for your guests!
13) Mulled Wine Tricycle
Perfect for Christmas parties and end of year corporate events, the mulled wine tricycle not only looks incredibly festive but it smells like Christmas too – rich warm fruit and spices! Served with cinnamon sticks, star anise and orange slices, it’s an incredibly authentic experience that will add a true festive flavour to your event.
14) Smoothie tricycle
If your event goers need a health fix then this mobile smoothie tricycle is what you need. These healthy fruit smoothies are made from delicious fresh-fruit with a base of juiced oranges and apples, which is then added to any one of 13 different smoothie combinations. Served from a vibrantly decorated cart that is inspired by celebrated pop artist Roy Lichenstein, this drinks tricycle is a great addition to any event that needs a burst of colour – as well as some thirst quenching drinks!
15) Espresso tricycle
The café brought to you, this impressive espresso tricycle features a professional Brasilia espresso machine that, using the finest Arabica Rainforest Alliance Beans, can make espressos, macchiatos, lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, hot chocolate and decaf coffees. For the non-coffee drinkers amongst your guests a range of speciality teas is also on offer. The perfect pick-me-up for conferences and corporate summer parties the truck also looks incredibly stylish with its black and silver finish.
Your favourite snack or beverage on wheels!
So there you have our favourite 15 mobile catering solutions, all of which can be easily styled for any season or event. They are suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, provided there is an appropriate power supply for maintaining the correct temperature of the edibles!
Chassis, cups and serving containers can all be customised to display branding if you’re hosting a corporate event, or colours to fit your theme if you’re hosting a private party or wedding.
So if you’re looking for food vending tricycles and unique vending carts for events – get in touch!
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