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Bill’s Guide to the Food Truck Fête in Lausanne

Food Truck Fête Lausanne

On Thursday, as an appetizer for the annual Lausanne À Table summer food festival, La Place de la Riponne was circled with savory-smelling little trucks offering international street food.
Food Truck Fête Lausanne

Eating my way around the world

You did not even need your passport to sample Argentine empanadas, Japanese gyoza, American steak sandwiches, Greek filo vegetable pastries, Palestinian hummus, Mexican tacos, Indian curry, Italian pizza (with foie gras and truffle oil!), plus local Swiss artisan tapenades and oils, crepes, fresh salads and sausages.

And yes, of course you could get a Swiss beef burger topped with melted Gruyère.
Food Truck Fête Lausanne

Apart from the food, the colorful trucks themselves would whet the appetite of you mechanically minded design freaks.
Food Truck Fête Lausanne
Food Truck Fête Lausanne

By 6 PM, the Place de la Riponne was packed with adventurous people hungry for something interesting, and soon, lines began to form.

Food Truck Fête Lausanne
Food Truck Fête Lausanne

I already have a strategy for next year's Food Truck Fête:

    1. Arrive early.
    2. Quickly walk around and scan the menus.
    3. Return to the 3 or 4 trucks you want to order from.
    4. Order from one, pay, and tell them you will be back in a few minutes to pick up your order.
    5. Move on to the next truck and do the same until you have all your orders in.
    6. Your first order should be ready just about the time you go back to pick it up.
    7. Eat!

Food Truck Fête Lausanne


My advice: Oddly, for a Swiss event like this, neither wine nor beer are sold, so you will want to either BYO or go to one of the nearby cafés offering drinks in plastic take-out glasses.

Food Truck Fête Lausanne

Why wait for next year? There are food trucks most summer weekdays in La Place de la Riponne.
Food Truck Fête Lausanne

Bill Harby

An award-winning freelance writer, editor and photographer based in Neuchâtel and Volcano, Hawai‘i, Bill is frequently called upon to be "funny." His stories have garnered him a select coterie of loyal readers and legions of others who couldn't care less. For more of Bill’s work:

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