Wow – doesn’t time fly? It seems like only yesterday we flew off to Wilderness, unpacked the van, sold a tonne of gyoza, packed back up, unpacked and packed some more, moved house and raced to Umbria. There, we slept and ate inordinate amounts and now we are back and ready for autumn on the streets of the capital, making a new home in foodie E17. Meanwhile here are some pics from the festival. We are always too busy to take many but these capture the spirit perfectly. In case you’re wondering, the one of Ben and The Bowlers in identical clothing depicts a purely circumstantial street-food-trader-identikit. I guess that’s what happens when you spend enough time together. And Dave Luardos gets massive props for his spandex, apron and crocs.
A couple of weeks ago we rolled on through the gates of Marble House in Twickenham to celebrate summer in style with Soho House at House Festival. What a day… With Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Paloma Faith and tons others on stage, and enough pizza, burgers, lobster, donuts and Grey Goose to feed a small army, abundance and all-out fun were top of the list from the moment the gates opened until well beyond sundown. It was our second time at the festival and we loved every minute. Even the raging midday griddling heat. Who says grown ups can’t have fun? We also recorded a little video with the House Seven team which should be up online shortly. For now enjoy the pics. Clearer, bluer skies we have never seen.
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Well well well we have had a busy start to the summer at Rainbo HQ.
Moving house, prepping for Festival season, returning to Street Feast in Dalston yard and working on Xochi, Hugo and Dom’s new project, Pura Vida Social Club… It’s all go!
And this weekend we are really turning up the heat in the British Street Food Awards with KERB at Granary Square. Yikes!
You will need their app to vote, so get it on your phone asap, and come down and support team Rainbo…
See you soon
It’s been a busy few weeks for team Rainbo as the summer kicks off, led primarily by a 4 week residency at Fairground in Haggerston, where talks, food, music and workshops come together in a whirl of creativity, craft and consumption of great things. We have been serving up our new summer menu of cured kohlrabi, smashed cucumber and wakame and chicken and green tea gyoza and are having a ball on the very chilled second floor. Catch us there the next two weekends and come and learn something new while you do.
The week before last we had a pretty special street food night in London. At its most iconic pile of bricks, with the man Elton himself singing and loads of our favourite traders feeding thousands of hungry guests, we had a pretty sweet evening all round. The party was to celebrate the future restoration and development of Battersea Power Station, and getting so close to its awesome magnitude and age pretty much blew our minds.
No need for talking, here are the pics.
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.
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?