Summer in London is all about street food parties and with the glorious weather of the past weekend, there was nowhere better to be than Wood Wharf for the Truck Stop party.
Organised by Tweat Up founder Jonathan Downey and Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, Truck Stop is London’s first street food truck meet-up, with twenty of the city’s best street food traders reunited in one place.
Alongside the UK’s best food trucks, there will be a craft beer bar, a roadside diner (with guest chefs cooking supper club set menus), a Camden Town Brewery keg party with a Rotary Smoke barbecue pit, a taco shack, a ‘secret’ Boodles Gin Bar and the Rotary cocktail bar; all packed onto the waterfront at Wood Wharf with live music and tons of seating and eating.
It launched last week and it will be back on the first Thursday/Friday of August and September. I was there on Friday to take photos and spend a great evening with friends, tasting great food and knocking back Chilli Backs (a shot of Jose Cuervo tequila chased with a shot of Breddos Tacos pickled habanero juice)!
If you spotted JD “Tweat Up” in the crowd and high fived him (#HighFiveVibes) you could get free Chilli Backs!
I’m keeping the text short as this is such a picture-heavy post, but here’s a few words about my experience at Truck Stop: it was a big beautiful street party full of real people having a great time together. East London hipsters, Canary Wharf bankers and family with kids, all together in the same space, picnicking on the grass and chatting in the queues.
Street food is not just about eating, it’s also about meeting: “Meeting old friends and new — queue dating and communal tables, standing around high tables and fire pits. It’s also about meeting the person and the passion behind the food you’re eating. And, also, it’s about VIBES!”
The price was £10, but if you booked in advance you would get “Truck Dollars” worth of £10 to spend at the bar, so basically all you paid extra was £1.25 booking fee.
Truck Stop was very well organised, like all Tweat Up / Street Feast events, and it showcased some of the best quality street food traders in London. As expected, there were queues to get food: I have never been to a food market / street food party were there were no queues! It’s part of the experience and with twenty trucks available, there was a wide choice of food, some with longer some with shorter queues.
A great party in a beautiful location. Great atmosphere and vibes! Don’t miss it next month!