The Victoria Meals Truck refines conventional First Nations delicacies

A new food truck in Victoria serves a unique menu of traditional First Nations cuisine with a modern twist, thanks to a collaboration between Songhees Nation and critically acclaimed Chef David Roger.

The food truck is parked at the Clipper Ferry Terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbor and also serves as a training ground for aspiring chefs from the Songhees community.

Chef Dave Roger said the food truck is a training ground for aspiring First Nations chefs. (Michael McArthur / CBC)

The truck opened to the public on May 12 and features dishes like a bison burger with orange and lingonberry mustard aioli, salmon with candied red onion jam, and gluten-free bannock.

The food truck’s bison burger, which comes with orange and lingonberry mustard aioli. (Michael McArthur / CBC)

“We try to make the comfort food with a little excitement at the end,” said Roger, former head chef at the Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel.

“We try to incorporate as many ingredients as possible.”

Chef Dave Rogers has worked with the Songhees First Nation before and said he is reinterpreting their traditional ingredients. (Michael McArthur / CBC)

Roger said the truck will also have specials. One of their first was fried garlic venison sausage wrapped in deep-fried bread, a dish described as “like a hot dog”.

Veronica George serves a customer on the food truck. (Michael McArthur / CBC)

Roger oversees the food truck and, in collaboration with Camosun College, will start a cookery training program through the Songhees Nations’ Wellness Center.

“The industry is suffering right now, the hospitality industry is always looking for chefs,” he said.

With files from CBCs On the Island

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