Rethink the idea of the greasy burger van, people.
From the creators of the hipster Dalston hangout ‘StreetFeast’ and ‘Tweat Up’ comes another genius foodie idea: Truck Stop. It’s a collection of cool and kooky food trucks that are rolling into London’s Canary Wharf on Thursday July 4 and Friday July 5. Think posh sausage sarnies served out of a former fire engine, southern fried chicken dished up from US ambulance and lebanese schwarmas out of a 70s police van. We know where we’ll be eating this Thursday.
There are drinks too: we’re going to be all over the secret gin bar and Rotary Bar’s legendary pint-sized cocktails. And if it’s a date night you’re after, to celebrate Independence Day, the boys will love the vintage American cars on show, blue-grass and craft beer.
Wanna play top trucks with us? Here’s our pick:
The ultimate comfort food – pimped out mac and cheese. Prepare for a carb coma.
A van with a golden crown on the front. What’s not to like? Alec, aka Baba G, bought this van from indie rock band ‘The Bombay Bicycle Club.’ Having transformed it from it’s rock ‘n’ roll days it now sells authentic tandoori dishes and masala fries.
Formerly used to transport cattle around France, this van has since been given a major Italian makeover. Say ‘ciao bella’ to arancini balls and mini calzone fritters.
This former fire engine (it’s still got a working blue flashing siren) sells mouth-watering handmade artisan smoked sausages in locally baked buns. Oh, and the toppings are pretty darn good, too.
The Jhal Muri Express
This van was once someone’s bedroom, plus an office, a classroom, a cinema, an after-hours hideaway, an acoustic stage and even a meditation hub, but for now the white transit will be serving fresh, yummy Indian snacks.
Spit & Roast
You’ve got two tough decisions to make here. Buttermilk-fried chicken baps with Korean hot sauce or slow-roast pork belly with Memphis BBQ sauce. What’s it going to be?
Winner of the ‘People’s Choice’ and judges’ ‘Best Snack’ at the 2012 British Street Food Awards for their hand-made steamed buns. Served warm and oozing with succulent fillings like slow roasted pork, they’re yum personified.
The Bell & Brisket
Salt beef? Check. Tangy pickles? Check. Authentic Brick Lane Beigel? Check. Add a dollop of mustard and some melted cheese, then tuck in.
Truck Stop runs from 5pm until 11pm on the 1st and 2nd August. Tickets are £10 each and include 10 Truck Stop dollars to spend at the Rotary Cocktail or Craft Beer bars. But if you miss those dates they roll in again on the first Thursday and Friday of September. See www.truckstoplondon.com