The Acai Corner food truck inspires Lonely Planet

The Acai Corner owners Maddie Russell and Andrew Moyes, whose food truck was the only one from WA listed as in a Lonely Planet guide. Picture: David Baylis
The Acai Corner owners Maddie Russell and Andrew Moyes, whose food truck was the only one from WA listed as in a Lonely Planet guide. Picture: David Baylis

A POPULAR food truck based on the South Perth foreshore has been given worldwide exposure by international publisher Lonely Planet in its recent travel book.

Lonely Planet’s Around the World in 80 Food Trucks has listed 12 Australian food trucks, including The Acai Corner as the only WA entry.

The Acai Corner has operated since 2016 after co-founders Maddie Russell and Andrew Moyes returned from a South American trip inspired by the acai fruit.

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The small purple berry Acai is said to boost the immune system. Picture: David Baylis

Ms Russell said their involvement in the book came completely out of the blue when Lonely Planet called them two months ago requesting they submit photos and a recipe.

“We’re kind of blown away, we’ve only been running for a bit over two years,” she said.

“Lonely Planet probably realised the popularity of food trucks and there’s a craze.

“Perceptions are changing naturally, 15 years ago people wouldn’t eat from a food truck but every festival and event now has them.”

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Acai is a small purple berry which grows on tall palm trees in the Brazilian Amazon known to boost the immune system and sustaining energy.

“In some ways, you can’t get more ‘Perth’ than sitting on the foreshore eating an acai bowl,” Ms Russell said.

“I think our food truck epitomises the Perth brunch theme, just chilled out and easygoing.”

The Acai Corner sets up shop near Coode Street Playground and has a Warehouse Grab & Go in Welshpool.

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