Totally Wonderfuel is transforming the world of mobile catering by providing honest, healthy and delicious food at sporting and other events across Dorset and the surrounding counties. Our vision is to become the natural choice for event organisers and participants wanting to go the extra mile.
The one-of-a-kind business is brainchild of the owner/ manager (or ‘Chief Gastronaut’), Mel Varvel, a keen endurance athlete and baker with a passion for natural nutrition. Mel started competing in triathlon well over a decade ago but as time went by, became increasingly frustrated with both the range and quality- or lack- of food and drink available at competitions, sportives and pretty much every mass participation event she attended.
In May 2015, Mel took a once in a lifetime opportunity to apply her experience as a frustrated, often hungry competitor and baker by taking voluntary redundancy from a career in the NHS and spending her redundancy money on a beautiful, British-built aluminium catering trailer, affectionately known as ‘The Rocket’. Her cunning plan was to poach punters from the ubiquitous burger/ bacon butty van at sports events by providing an altogether more healthful, more delectable, more felicitous offering.
From the outset, Totally Wonderfuel aimed to make race day food one less thing for athletes to worry about - whether it's a caffeine fix before the ‘off’, fuel for the road (or trails), refuelling or rewarding yourself for a job well done, or treating the kids to a healthy snack. But interest in some of the all-natural products- particularly the energy balls- was so high amongst family and friends that she started taking orders, so it was no longer necessary to wait in line in a muddy field to sample Wonderfuel!
Now well-established in the sporting event circuit, Totally Wonderfuel serves a fabulous array of award-winning energy balls, healthy muffins and cookies, and wholesome tray bakes as well as porridge good enough for Goldilocks, granola and overnight oats, soup and sourdough, superfood smoothies, protein shakes and real, barista coffee at affordable prices. There might even be cake. What's not to like.
All our products are bursting with nature's own superfoods such as fruits, seeds, nuts and oats, and natural wonderfuel like dietary nitrates in beetroot and caffeine in coffee. Packed with protein, crammed with carbohydrates, full of healthy fats, high in fibre and teeming with essential vitamins and minerals. Oh, and all home-made, crafted with love, in Mel’s kitchen.
We won't wage war on lactose or gluten, and can't claim to be wheat-free, fat-free, sugar-free, raw, Paleo or 100% vegan, at least not all the time. But we can promise not to add anything superficial, artificial or nasty, and we can promise that every ingredient is there for a reason, a good reason. Think Mary Berry meets Deliciously Ella....with a bit of Jamie Oliver thrown in (he does like to throw things).
We care for Mother Earth as much as we care for our own mum and are committed to doing our bit to save the planet. All our packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable and we are always seeking other opportunities to minimize our impact on the environment –including our popular #BorrowaMug scheme.
Our distinctive menu is primarily aimed at athletes of all ages and abilities so ideally suited to literally any sporting occasion you can think of. But our healthy snacks and ethically sourced barista coffee (and Dorset teas) are likely to appeal to anyone with taste buds and our stunning silver trailer is equally at home at festivals and shows, charity, corporate and community events. Hire us for your wedding and we might even design some bespoke ‘Wedding Balls’. That’s the way we roll.