Alfredo Zucchi: Does the Belgian Foodtruck Association cover only modern food trucks, or do you cover all kinds of street food in Belgium?
Fabrice Willot: The Belgian Food Truck Association is a trade association which covers vehicles (food bikes, food carts, food trailer & food truck) offering urban, hand-crafted, high-quality food in Belgium. We poll regularly our member and invite them to communicate to us all the figures that we deem necessary for us to evaluate the category. This information allows us to establish a complete cartography of category’s activity in Belgium. The association covers 65% food trucks active in Belgium.
Alfredo Zucchi: Could you please explain what is your definition of “street food”?
Fabrice Willot: We speak of Food Trucks and not of street food. The scope of the association excludes pop-up stores and street stalls/kiosks. The Food Truck was born under the impulse of “radical chic” culture – a culture which was looking for authentic, hand-crafted products. We still find that distinction today, as the food truck movement focuses strongly on a hand-crafted gastronomy, based on fresh products –as opposed to gastronomies based on industrial or semi-industrial products (which are excluded from our scope and from our figures).