KERB hits the Southbank

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As you may know (and if not, why not?!), a couple of weekends ago KERB took over the Southbank for three days of glorious springtime foodie fun. It was really special for us to go back there as it was on those hungry paving stones that we first jumped into Petra’s van and left the office world behind: great things happened for us there and long may they continue.

The entire weekend was packed and on Sunday we all rolled out exhausted but exhilarated. It was so lovely to see so many of our favourite street food friends in one place – so often you roll around to jobs as a single trader and it can be weeks before you have a chance to catch up with like minded friends and foodies. It also struck me how the cycle of street food is growing and continuing. Just a year and a half ago, Emily from Good & Proper (below) came to help us out at Goodwood Revival before launching her own beautiful crowd funded van, and just last summer Oli (helping her out below) came on board with us while he prepared for his Oli Baba’s hummus outfit, coming soon to London’s streets. And it seems like only yesterday that Betsy of You Doughnut fame accompanied Ben and I down to Port Eliot to sell ice cream and brownies to the masses in Petra’s Choc Star van. In fact as I recall she pretty much held the show together. We all started somewhere, with someone else, and we have all forged our own path going it alone. The scene is so full of inspiration, determination, hard work and mutual respect, it really struck me how true this is seeing us all in the same iconic London spot.

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We for one can’t wait for more crazy summer Southbank weekends.

…And crazy is the word – can you see the ghost of Ben whipping through the salads?

Rainbo returns to the KERB!

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Next week is exciting for us: after months away we are returning to KERB not only at the new Kings X home of Granary Square but also with them on the Southbank over the weekend.

This holds a special place in our hearts since it was on those very paving stones behind the Royal Festival Hall that we first found ourselves scooping ice cream in Petra’s Choc Star van before quitting the office and taking it over for the summer. With so much excitement and anticipation in our hearts, the weeks hunched over the feezer in her van there were hugely formative for us, fuelling our itinerant spirit and pushing us to leave the 9-5 race and find a new future on our own terms.

Well, we have found it, and are still finding it, and can’t wait to roll back there in our big old truck and do the place justice once more over the summer months. A busy week with Kings X on Thursday, the Southbank all weekend – so whether you’re north or south (or east or west), come and join the fun and celebrate KERB in the city.

Farewell Hawker House

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All good things must come to an end and Hawker House was sadly no exception. What a winter it was. Who knew we could do indoor street food so well in cold old LDN?

Our five weeks there were rammed with food, friends and future memories and we are so happy and excited to be part of Street Feast’s ever-evolving food party odyssey.

There is an exciting summer to come so watch this space and get hungry in the meantime.

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Vintage car boot: sunshine and feasting!

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The second Vintage Car Boot at Southbank was all we hoped it would be, and more. For two glorious riverside days, the sun came out if hiding and spring firmly unfurled. It was double the food and double the fun as beautiful old cars and wares mixed seamlessly in with the bright modern cityscape and our summer street food souls came happily out of a long winter with gratitude and hunger.

Here are some pics. We were also in charge of my friend’s very small sausage dog for the day and he was the toast of the town and a gung ho rainbo recruit.

This weekend it’s out last at Hawker House so come on down and give us all a proper send off before Street Feast 2014 rolls on into summer…..

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Southbank Classic Car Boot Sale: round #2

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Last time we did the classic car boot at Southbank we came home with no salad, no dumplings, not even a last lone edamame bean – instead, a vintage suede coat, tums full of Bleecker Burgers and happy tired smiles on our griddled-out faces.

It is happening again next weekend and we hope for a repeat experience. There is an Afghan coat-shaped hole in my wardrobe and it needs filling urgently.

If you’re in London, come down and jump into the past – we will feed you up proper and sustain your vintage retail therapy.

Apparently the sun might shine too!

Back home: Hawker House

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Six weeks away from street food feels like an eternity. Coming back is always odd, but as soon as you pop on a pair of blue gloves, reignite the griddle and tie up your apron everything is second nature and it is as if you never left the spot where you are standing. And that is how it feels to be back with the Street Feast team at Hawker House: like we are home, and how happy we are to be there.

And this year we have excelled ourselves with a vital new accessory: light boxes! We went from zero to two overnight and boy are we proud. Thinking we might get a couple for home…

It is so good to be back with our street food friends and we can’t think of a better place than Hawker House to celebrate the end of the week and see in Saturday in all its glory. We will be there for another three weeks, alongside some of our favourite traders, so come down and join the fun. There is a proper roof, and heating, and everything.

We are also gearing up for events with KERB, BL-NK, the Southbank Centre and more…. See the Where page for more details and see you on the street soon!

We are back and we are hiring!

Hello Rainbo friends. We are back from our travels and really looking forward to getting the van back on the road and griddling up some super gyoza and more for you all in 2014.
In fact, Shrimp had such an exciting and transformational time in Costa Rica she decided to ask for a new name, and was given Xochi: flower in the native Nahuatl language. Hooray.
This year is full of super exciting adventures and events and we need help in the van. We are looking for someone to help run things across the board, who can commit long-term and is ready to spread the Rainbo love with us around London and beyond. If this could be you or someone you know drop us a line at hello@rainbofood.com.
Ben and Xochi x

Happy new year!

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Happy 2014 with love to everybody from Costa Rica. We are cooking in the jungle… Updates to come.
Shrimp and Ben x

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