Thursday, October 19, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Secluded and intimate, the Whitsunday Food Garden is the perfect spot for an evening getaway.
Hidden in its alcove it is Ismi’s Kitchen, with lovingly crafted Indonesian dishes, Let’z Waffle with sweet and savoury options, perfect for every time of day, and finally, the Airlie Beach Food Truck, known to some as Kimbo’s Slice.
Owned and operated by Whisper Gin Bar and Restaurant, the Airlie Beach Food Truck is decadent in classic Australian offerings.
“Airlie Beach Food Truck is a great combination of gourmet burgers, chicken wings and everything else that people love,” explains Kim Mullings who proudly looks after the food truck and is a crucial part of Whisper team.
Airlie Beach Food Truck was first on the scene for the Whitsunday Food Garden, with Ismi’s Kitchen following shortly behind. Since then, the Food Truck has become a staple for locals and visitors alike.
“We have the classic burgers, chicken wings and loaded fries with various toppings, but we also change up our menu seasonally, so locals can have something different to try and also keep the Truck interesting.”
Open seven days a week, for lunch and dinner, the vibes and atmosphere make for a fantastic meal in the heart of Airlie Beach Mainstreet.
“The Whitsunday Food Garden is a beautiful spot, and we’ve recently opened the other side of the Food Garden, facing the water, so now people can grab a meal and sit by the water, under the twinkling fairy light,” explained Zibby Deca, chef at Whisper, who also looks after the catering arm of the business.
“All three of the food trucks offer such different menus that we perfectly complement each other.” Everyone can just grab their favourite meal, sit down, and enjoy the view,” he said.
On the Cruise Ship days, Food Garden team ensure all food trucks are open early, servicing the thousands of people streaming into town for one single day only.
“We cater for the families, locals and tourists, for whoever wants to have a great snack, there’s always an option for someone. We have very high quality of product, and at a great affordable price, in a fantastic spot in the centre of town, so the Whitsunday Food Garden is not to be missed by anyone in town,” said Kim.
And every Thursday, don’t miss the fantastic and eclectic Night Markets, with local stallholders and buskers.
“The Night Markets are great,” said Kim. “They attract a lot of locals and tourists, and it’s a great option if someone wants to spend a few hours with the kids in a great spot. It’s also an alcohol-free zone, so families can have a great time and enjoy themselves.”
Garin Stone, Kim Mullings, and Zibby Deca. Photo credit: Bronte Hodge