Brazilian trip leads South Perth pair to food truck idea

Andrew Moyes and Maddie Russell  at The Acai Corner.
Picture: Matt Jelonek           d467133
Andrew Moyes and Maddie Russell at The Acai Corner. Picture: Matt Jelonek         d467133

THE food truck phenomenon has rolled up to the South Perth foreshore.

South Perth residents Maddie Russell and Andrew Moyes have brought their business The Acai Corner, which sells acai bowls, drinks and treats, to the Mends Street Jetty.

The couple had launched the business and run it in Margaret River for a year before moving back to the city in recent months.

Ms Russell said the couple had been approved for one year after a smooth process, which only took a few days.

“The City of South Perth have been the best; the process was very easy,” she said.

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“We are interested in bringing healthy and fresh food and we love the sense of community as people walk along the foreshore.”

After working high-pressure corporate jobs, the couple booked a one-way trip to Jamaica before discovering acai in Brazil.

“People would ask how we were and we would say we were busy; since when do we use busy as an adjective to describe our feelings,” Ms Russell said. “We were trying one of the bowls at a juice bar in Rio and we were feeling so energised.

“We had never heard of acai before, so we were asking what it was and where we could get it.

“That led us to meet some of the farmers in the Amazon and from there we knew what we wanted to do when we came back to Perth.”

Ms Russell said acai was loaded with anti-oxidants, which could help with colds or flu.

“We like to avoid the term super food and just like to say it’s good food,” she said.

The City of South Perth has approved 60 food trucks in the past 12 months, usually at events like Embargo Bar and Australia Day celebrations.

City of South Perth Deputy Mayor Glenn Cridland said food trucks helped to attract visitors to areas throughout the City.