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Bremer Bay travelling food van’s maiden voyage to feed hungry folk in Newdegate

The crew – Damian Gates, Cara Baker and Melissa Nieto. (Supplied)

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The Museum Café Bremer Bay’s travelling catering company The Local Native set off on it’s maiden voyage to the Newdegate Machinery Field Day early last week, parking up and serving delicious food to hungry folk passing by. 

Serving their hit dishes such as Smoked Beef Brisket Burgers, Korean Chicken Bao Buns and Pork Belly Ramen Noodle Soup (to name a few), it’s no wonder they are winning over the crowd.

Owners Dan Hill and Sarah Hall had know idea what to expect going to the field day and were nervous, but luckily they thoroughly enjoy it and were excited to take the van out on the road. 

“Not really knowing what to expect we were all definitely very nervous but have had an absolute blast.”

“We have decided to bring our whole crew of staff up to the field days for the maiden voyage.

“Not really knowing what to expect we were all definitely very nervous but have had an absolute blast,” Sarah said.

Apart from some small teething problems, their trip was a success.

Sarah said that the support from their “legendary crew” – Damian, Cara, Jeff and Melissa – they were able to laugh through the tough moments. 

Getting to know the people behind the wheel

Head Chef Dan Hill originally comes from West Auckland and after completing his training in New Zealand back in 2003, he has lived in Australia on and off for the past 15 years.

Having grown up on her family farm in Newgate, café manager Sarah Hall’s love for travel lead her to move to the UK in 2007.

After that, she has worked mostly in hospitality on and off for the past 20 years.

Coming back from a backpacking trip through Central and South America, Dan and Sarah started up the Museum Café back in 2016.

Noticing the lease for café up for tender, they decided to settle down and call Bremer home. 

“We were very excited and nervous to take on the cafe, as neither of us had ever owned our own business before”

“We were very excited and nervous to take on the cafe, as neither of us had ever owned our own business before.

“The café was a bit dated when we took it on, but we feel like we have worked well with the owner Max Wellstead and formed a good bond to build up the business and put our own spin on things,” Sarah explained. 

Dan Hill and Cara Baker. (Supplied)

The Local Native and two globe trotters

After a busy summer in Bremer Bay for The Museum Café, owners Dan and Sarah purchased the van to expand the services they could offer from the existing café. 

The origin of the food truck is one that comes from their surroundings.

With the pair living at the top of Native Dog Beach Road on Point Henry Peninsular in Bremer Bay as well as their use of fresh ingredients, the name seemed right.

“We also have a passion to cook, create and experiment “

“[We] love overlooking this amazing Blue Bay every morning before work. We also have a passion to cook, create and experiment with local produce and native ingredients such as abalone, meats, yabbies, fish, herbs, fruits and vegetables,” said Sarah. 

Having met in 2010 in Bremer Bay, Dan and Sarah moved to Broome for the winter months.

Their passion for travel lead them to spend two years in Amsterdam and Berlin before they travelled to Asia, New Zealand and Central and South America.

“Since then we have been bringing inspiration from our worldwide travels to our cafe menu.

“We now have two children Kai (four years old) and Frankie (one year old) and have called Bremer Bay home for the past 5 years,” Sarah said.

“We have been bringing inspiration from our worldwide travels to our cafe menu.”

Korean Fried Chicken Bao Buns with pickled vegetables and Pork Belly Noodle Ramen Soup. (Supplied)

This passion translated to wanting to bring their food to others through their catering service.

After catering for the Naturaliste Charters Orca Whale Tours and the Movie Crew for the Blue Back movie filmed in Bremer over this past summer, they decided that bringing their food to others would be a good way to go. 

“Our little cafe is amazing but just too small to cater for the high turnover of customers being tourists, Bremer locals and catering jobs.

“We wanted to be able to do more on site catering for weddings, events, movies, and private functions,” she continued.

With the success of the Newdegate Machinery Field Day trip under their belt, soon The Local Native team will be back on the road again for another adventure and to fill up hungry stomachs with their epic eats along the way. 

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