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Upbeat music plays throughout
Bunting with a maple leaf in the centre moves slowly in the breeze. It is on the side of a truck with a wood façade and a sign in the background.
Brooke: In a place as big as Canada, it was easy to meet people who didn’t let themselves be restricted to just accepting their lot.
Two people, a man and a woman (Blair and Brooke) laugh in slow motion. They are sitting in a food truck. There are some souvenirs of their trip to Canada in the background including a licence plate, an empty bottle of maple syrup with NWT on the front and the Canadian maple leaf bunting.
Blair: The inspiration for our food truck started on our Canadian Overseas Experience, where we learned that if you had a passion for something you just went for it and didn’t allow doubt to get in the way.
Cut to Brooke and Blair working in their food truck taking orders from customers. Brooke is working the cash register while Blair is opening the fridge to get food supplies.
Brooke waves at a child customer who is ordering some food.
Brooke: My name is Brooke
Cut to the business cards for Beaver and Bear which is sitting next to a little souvenir statue of a woman.
Brooke and Blair are sitting in their food truck speaking about their experience in Canada.
Blair: and I’m Blair. We’re from New Zealand and after returning from 23 months in Canada on a Working Holiday through International Experience Canada, we decided to start a Canadian inspired Food Truck here in Palmerston North.
Cut to the side of the food truck with the words ‘Beaver & Bear ext. 2019’ in a circle on the side of the truck. We see Brooke and Blair getting their truck ready to open up. It is parked next to a street in Palmerston North.
A shot shows a menu list of the poutine options they plan to sell.
Cut to the front of the truck where a sign of the full menu options for the day is visible. ‘Palmerston North’ text is displayed on screen. The menu reads:
- Maple Bacon Bourbon
- Honey Garlic
- Northern Spice
- Ranch or Blue Cheese Dip
- $15 Pork Belly Poutine
Happy Valentines Day
Brooke: Our time in Canada was a real adventure. Out of the 13 provinces, we managed to visit 8 on our time over there.
Cut back to the food truck. A map of Canada is shown on screen where pins have been stuck into the map showing where Brooke and Blair have been on their adventure in Canada.
Text is shown next to Quebec which reads ‘Quebec: The home of poutine’ with an arrow pointing to the pin. Another arrow appears and points to a pin. ‘Yellowknife’ text is written on the screen.
Blair: Eventually, our journey brought us to Yellowknife and whilst there, we not only met loads of Canadians, but so many other people from around the world.
Cut back to Brooke and Blair in the truck. A picture is shown on the screen. It looks like a sketch and is slowly revealed as though being painted in watercolour. It is an image of Brooke and Blair fishing. The words ‘Great Slave Lake, Yellowknife’ are shown on screen.
Brooke: The overall community feel and the abundance of support that we had immediately made us feel welcome. Yellowknife will always hold a special place in our hearts for the rest of our lives.
There is another image on screen, revealed in the same way as before. It is of Brooke and Blair standing on a rocky rise overlooking a town. We see the text ‘Pilot’s Monument, Yellowknife’ revealed on screen.
Another image is shown, this time it is revealed as though being painted onto the screen. It is a close up of Brooke and Blair, with snow in the background. Text is shown ‘Yellowknife’.
Another watercolour reveal shows Blair standing in front of a lake with his hands in the air. There are mountains in the background and the text ‘Patricia Lake, AB’ is displayed on screen.
Blair: We managed a restaurant together where I was the Bar Manager and Brooke was the restaurant Manager. It was a real learning experience and it’s really helped shape the rest of our lives.
Cut back to Brooke and Blair in the truck, then cut to a close up shot of a bowl as Blair prepares some mozzarella sticks for a customer.
Brooke: The idea of grabbing a few plates of wings and poutine was great, so we thought we’d bring it back to New Zealand as a food truck, Beaver and Bear.
Cut to a mid shot of Brooke as she puts some sauce on a box of chips with pork belly on the top. There is a close up shot of a box of poutine being prepared for a customer.
Brooke holds some tongs and places pork belly pieces on top of the poutine.
Brooke: The plan was to keep the menu simple focusing on a variety of wings and poutine.
Cut back to the interview in the food truck. Another close up of a box of poutine being prepared. Brooke is putting cheese curds on top of some fries.
Blair: All our Canadian-inspired food is our own recipes, including the wing sauces, which are all made from scratch.
A close up shot of some tubes of sauce. There are 8 sauce tubes on a counter. Blair steps into frame as he takes something from the cupboards under the counter.
Cut to both Brooke and Blair cooking and preparing some food in the truck.
Blair: To capture the authenticity, Alison McCreesh, a Canadian artist in Yellowknife, allowed us to use some of her images on our paper inserts.
Cut back to a shot of the interview in the food truck.
A close up of the paper inserts. There are small cartoon images on the paper inserts such as a flannel shirt, mittens, a canoe, skis, a wolf and some husky dogs.
Cut to another shot of Brooke and Blair preparing food on the counter at the back of the food truck.
Brooke: The truck has been well received in Palmerston North and the wider community.
A close up, slow motion shot of gravy being ladled out of a large pot.
Brooke: Many people get excited saying they haven’t had Poutine since travelling to Canada, or they’ve never tried it before, so bringing this part of Canadian culture to New Zealand has been really great.
A close up shot of the gravy poured in slow motion onto a dish of poutine.
An image is ‘painted’ onto the screen and then revealed as though a photo has been taken. The words ‘Moraine Lake, AB’ is shown on screen. It is a photo of Brooke and Blair standing in front of Moraine Lake in Alberta.
Blair: We also didn’t realise how many Canadians live in Palmerston North when we decided to start this. Each week we meet at least one new Canadian!
Cut to a point of view close up of a hand holding a fork. It gets a bit of poutine and brings it closer to the camera.
Cut to a close up of a customer enjoying some of the buffalo wings, getting their hands dirty. We see another customer enjoying their pork belly chips.
Brooke: The food truck culture is relatively young here in New Zealand.
Close up shot of chips being fried in slow motion.
Close up of wings being tossed in sauce.
Blair: It’s great that through Beaver and Bear we’re keeping that Canada connection alive for Canadian expats who miss home, for Kiwis who want a taste of Canada, and for ourselves!
Cut to a shot of Brooke and Blair waving out the window of their car as they drive their food truck down the street and into the sunset.
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The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada corporate signature and copyright message, “© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 2020.” are displayed, followed by the Canada wordmark, on a white background.