MONCTON – Let’s do lunch, Moncton! The Third Annual NBCC Food Truck Week is coming up, February 25 to March 1, giving New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) students an applied learning opportunity and Moncton lunch-goers a delicious new option.
Eight teams from the Culinary Arts Management and Hotel and Restaurant Management programs at the Moncton Campus of NBCC are participating in this year’s Food Truck Week. Students use test kitchen stations to replicate the environment of a food truck and serve as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. Lunch will be served to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day during Food Truck Week.
“Food Truck Week is the end result of eight weeks of intense work for the students,” said instructor Jason Blonde. “Leading up to Food Truck Week, they have to source their products, develop their menus, outline a marketing strategy and plan their preparation methods.”
Each team works with students from the Business Administration: Marketing and Graphic and Communications Design programs to develop advertising materials and logos. This collaboration is consistent with what the students can expect in their professional lives once they leave NBCC, said Blonde.
“When we give our students the opportunity to apply their skills in real world situations, across disciplines, that’s the NBCC Advantage at work,” said Blonde.
This year, NBCC Food Truck Week has a “locavore” theme, with all meals prepared from local products. Each team has been partnered with a local food producer, including Pumphouse Brewery, Belliveau Orchards, Degenhardt Sausage, Bonte Foods, Bacon Beacon, Boudreau Meats, Fancy Pokket Bakery and Briggs Maple.
A portion of the proceeds from the competition will be donated to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, NBCC’s on-campus food bank, as well as to the Humanity Project, which operates Moncton’s out-of-the-cold emergency shelter.