In the depths of a harsh Sussex winter, I’m sure we can all agree that what Hastings needs is a slice of golden Mediterranean sunshine. Luckily, over the ‘wine-dark sea’ has come just that, in the form of an exciting venture from Hastings residents and food-lovers Nadia and Laura. Together they are Girls Gone Greek, aiming to serve the finest Greek delicacies to sun-starved customers from their big gold van.

Sharing a love of good food, drink and sunshine, the two friends were inspired to start the business, suitably, on holiday in Athens. Their mission is to re-create for British customers the joy of Greek street food. And they are certainly well-equipped for the task. Nadia is herself Greek, having been raised in Athens and Laura has served the ideal apprenticeship as manager of the popular St. Leonards restaurant, Half Man! Half Burger!

Their first and hardest task for the business was to find and convert the perfect van. Luckily, they found it right on their doorstep, at Empress Coaches in St. Leonards. Commenting on the fitting out of the van, Nadia said, “we project-managed the entire transformation ourselves and learned a lot along the way. It was arduous at times, but we had a huge amount of support from friends, family and the local community.”

Now they are ready to bring their street food to the masses. And both the girls being discerning and conscientious foodies, it is all of the highest quality. Nadia commented, “ethical ingredients are of massive importance to us. All our meat is free-range and comes from The Ship in Rye. Our home-made Athenian pittas use Shipton Mill flour. Our herbs come straight from Greece and we source our vegetables as locally as possible. Everything is made fresh using original recipes and authentic techniques.”

Such high standards have delighted their first customers. Launching at the recent Fat Tuesday festival in the Old Town, the vegan souvlaki – made from the girls’ own seitan recipe with home-made cashew tzatziki – was a popular choice. Even local Greeks were impressed. “We had a huge amount of support from the Greek community and word spread fast!” Nadia said.

Having braved the deep midwinter and made such a success of the launch, Girls Gone Greek are looking forward to a bright future. “We’d eventually like to have a fleet of big gold trucks around the country and a big gold Greek restaurant in Hastings.” And they’re determined to change the industry too. “We’re looking to provide an injection of Girl Power to the very male-orientated world of food trucks.” With their devotion to quality food, and a generous helping of that famous Greek stoicism, they’re certain to do it.

The Girls Gone Greek food truck is available to hire for events and private parties. E-mail for bookings.


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