Professional chef Karrie Hill combined twenty of experience in the kitchen with her love of both zombies and beets to launch one of Victoria’s most popular food trucks so far.
“I decided to go for my dream and start building my very own food truck,” she said in December 2012. By spring 2013, she had achieved her goal, and then some.
Hill successfully executed an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money to upgrade her converted Grumman postal delivery van with a hood vent and a fire suppression system.
Hill even had enough budget left over to paint the outside of the van with a cool zombie theme.
Just six months after she launched her Indiegogo campaign, Hill and her tiny truck were serving up food at Victoria’s massive Rock the Shores and Rifflandia summer concerts.
Kicking off the summer 2014 concert season, Dead Beetz plays centre stage this weekend at VICFest.
When not satisfying the appetites of hungry concert-goers, Hill and her purple food truck are usually located in the parking lot behind Save-On-Foods arena.
What to eat
The menu features all sorts of good eats (it’s not just vegetarian offerings), with beet and yam chips served as a popular side dish.
Lunch should cost you $10 max, a good deal since the ingredients are fresh, unique, tasty, and locally-sourced.
The seafood roll (cousin to the classic East Coast lobster roll) is stuffed with scallops, spot prawns and lemon tarragon aioli.
Butter paneer masala
The butter paneer masala is served over basmati rice. Paneer is a cheese common in India, and replaces the chicken commonly served with masala to make this a vegetarian dish.
Grilled steak sandwich
The grilled steak sandwich is served with chimichurri sauce (made with parsley, cilantro and garlic), plus provolone cheese and crispy onions.
Food Truck Culture in Victoria
Mobile eateries serving up fresh, local, tasty cuisine have taken Victoria by storm over the past few years.
Indeed, more than 20 food trucks around Victoria are listed on this handy online map of Victoria curated by the Times Colonist, with more being added all the time.
There’s even an annual Food Truck Festival on July 18th & 25th, and on August 1st, from 11am to 9pm.
As Hill’s successful Indiegogo campaign demonstrates, there is strong community support for food trucks in Victoria.
The City of Victoria, the provincial government, and the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority all deserve some credit for making it easier to set up these mobile “pop up” eateries in civic space.
Notably, Victoria’s, Late Night, Great Night program and Victoria Community Micro Lending have been involved; Community Micro Lending provided Karrie Hill with a small loan to serve as startup capital.
The Dead Beetz community of Zombeet lovers did the rest.
Food truck culture makes life in Victoria a little richer, a little more vibrant, and a lot more tasty.
Bring on the zombie beets.