Food, glorious food; there's nothing quite like it for soothing the mood. It's essential, it keeps us alive. When it's done well it can set off multiple pleasure receptors in our brains and stage hedonistic parties on our tongues. Yes, food is friend.
While food is predominantly all about the flavour, there's always been an inherent willingness in the chef community to serve it in unusual and aesthetically-pleasing ways. Because, as the million cooking shows on television will tell you, food is not just about the taste but the experience that comes with it.
"...food is not just about the taste but the experience that comes with it."
And so we come to the meat of the sandwich, the ice cream in the Viennetta, the jam in the hot scone; and present to you our compilation of the most awesome food vans in the world.
If you're going to a music festival this summer, expect to see some of these dotted around the place surrounded by hungover twenty-somethings in wellington boots.
The Tank-Tread Burrito Van
Burritos + Tank = Burrito Tank?
The Grass-Covered Food Van
It's like a garden with wheels...and food.
The Hot-Dog-On-The-Roof Van
This van's rooftop decoration makes us really hungry.
The Cupcake Bus
Probably the best bus...in the world.
The Pimpin' Purple Neon Van
With the purple neon up top, and the cool graphic on the side, this is one seriously pimped food van.
The Metal Pig Van
The Mad Max creative director just called. He wants his pig-shaped van from the dystopian future back.
The Frozen Yogurt Bus
If you've been to London's South Bank, you'll probably have seen this frozen yogurt bus knocking around.
The Ambulance Food Van
"Call 999! I'm hungry."
The Punk Rock Food Van
It's got a mohawk...A MOHAWK!
The Beatbox Kitchen
It might look like a retro sound system, but this is actually a food van.
The Space Shuttle Cafe
Thanks to the Space Shuttle Cafe, you need never go hungry again...on your next voyage to the moon.
It's literally a hot dog on wheels. Incredible.
The Lobster Van
This is either a wacky customised food van, or evidence of a giant lobster invasion.
The Peanut Van
Warning: This product may contain nuts.
The Burger Van
Is it a burger? Is it a van?...It's obviously a van.
The Vincent Van Dough Van
In a parallel universe, Holland's most famous painter started his own wood fried pizza business.
The Dystopian Pizza Van
When we've used up all of earth's natural resources, and the world is nothing but desert, this is what pizza vans will look like.
The Communist Propaganda Van
The state military dictatorship has told me to tell you that the Chairman Bao Bun Truck is the best food van in the world.
New Vietnamese Supergroup
*starts humming a classic from the Backstreet Boys back catalogue*
Team America Ice Cream Van
USA! USA! USA! USA! Mmmm. Ice cream.
The Extreme Ice Cream Van
Because nothing says "extreme", like eating an ice cream...while driving off-road.
Street + Pizza = Streetza
What do you eat pizza with? Your mouth. What's in your mouth? Your teeth. What's this pizza van been designed to look like? Teeth and gums.
The Monster Ice Cream Truck
As this picture demonstrates, if you're a small child you'll need a step ladder to actually buy an ice cream.