WATCH: The Songhees Seafood and Steam is one of Canada’s few Aboriginal food trucks. As Monica Martinez reports, it’s the first step in a bigger dream.
The smoke and sizzle has crowds lining up to taste the flavours from Victoria’s newest food truck.
From the artwork, to the menu, it’s one of the few food trucks of its kind.
The Songhees Seafood and Steam truck mixes Aboriginal tradition with a twist.
“For the salmon burger, I’ve done a red onion marmalade and a lemon aioli and I’ve done the bison burger with Havarti cheese and cranberry and orange chutney and grainy mustard aioli,” said executive chef David Roger.
Songhees Chief Ron Sam said he feels very proud.
“It was something I’ve always dreamed of. The food truck scene here in Victoria is growing and always thought it would be a tremendous opportunity,” he said.
But the idea is bigger than a food truck. It’s a chance to teach young people the culinary arts.
“You are going to see the results of this not just here in this wonderful Songhees Seafood and Steam truck, but these young people will have their own ideas and will be taking them all over,” said Clipper Vacations CEO Merideth Tall.
“You know we like to show other people other communities if you have a dream, it’s doable and dreams can come true and that was truly what this was,” said Chief Ron Sam.
This is just the first step in transforming the Clipper’s parking lot into a hub of First Nations culture.
“We are going to see a lot of artists come down here, maybe we’ll have some aboriginal artists working maybe some musicians, storytellers and we are going to make this a gathering place,” Tall said.
It’s a grand opening that Songhees and Clipper Vacations are hoping will bring people back for more.