Big Henry’s Food Truck
Big Henry’s Food Truck is a local family business that has been operating out of Glenorchy since 2014.
Richard Parkes, a professional chef, was inspired by the popular food truck movement in America and the desire for a more flexible dining experience.
The answer in Richard’s case was the creation of Big Henry’s Food Truck, with one mission: to offer delicious street food, with a focus on North American style dishes: fried chicken, burgers, fried Mac ‘n’ cheese as well as a popular Canadian export – poutine.
Big Henry’s has been a regular at major festivals such as Falls Festival, Dark Mofo, Taste of Tasmania and the Mid-Winter Huon Festival. During the week the truck can be spotted on the streets of the local Glenorchy suburbs doing street trade for all the locals at dinner time.
With no typical ‘storefront’ as such, Big Henry’s has relied on social media to get the message out on where they will be trading and have amassed a decent and loyal following.
COVID-19 has created the need for several changes to operations to meet restrictions and keep the community safe, however through this time of adjustment the local support has been overwhelming, essentially enabling this local business to continue to run throughout difficult times – not all have been as lucky.
Richard, who was born and raised in Franklin, settled in Glenorchy while working as a chef at Wrest Point. Growing tired with haute cuisine, and following other people’s orders, he decided to strike out on his own.
This is when the idea of a food truck was conceived and entertained further by a chance sighting of a 1960 International truck. Richard set out to find himself a truck and after spending nearly 12 months restoring the vintage truck himself, he hit the road.
Poetically, the name Big Henry actually comes from an apple – paying homage to his Huon roots. Richard’s father Bob, a Franklin orchardist named a large variety of apple after Henry, Richard’s first child, when he was born.