FOOD TRUCK FRIDAY: John Duncan from Founders Brewery, centre, with Stefano Bonazza, left, and Nigel Bain. The three are behind the idea of a Food Truck Friday at Founders on the first Friday evening of every month. Photo: Kate Russell.

Food Truck Friday to start at Founders


Nelson beer and food lovers get ready – Food Truck Fridays are coming to Founders this spring.

The idea is a collaboration between Founders Brewery and the Nelson Food People – a collective of local food carts and stalls.

It will take place on the first Friday of every month, kicking off on September 2nd, from 5-8pm.

Italian, South African and Sri Lankan cuisines are just some of what will be on offer at the first evening – this includes the Italian Pizza Garage, which Stefano Bonazza and Nigel Bain have been operating out of their Bridge St garage since April.

Stefano and Nigel are the driving force behind the Nelson Food Group and say that they started the collective to get more of a ‘food truck market’ happening in Nelson, and the evening will provide options for everyone.

“We tossed around the idea of a food truck evening for a while – and we’ve done a few things at Founders Brewery before. And of course, they make great beer,” says Nigel.

Founders Brewery have two new seasonal releases on offer, including a toffee hop biscuity brown ale, and a retro release of an old favourite – Fair Maiden A.P.A.

Founders Brewery bar manager Bex Richards says she encourages Nelsonians to come and enjoy the atmosphere, as the weather starts to warm up again.

“There will be plenty of outdoor heating to keep people warm until the hot weather kicks in, and we’re also planning on organising some live music in the coming months.”