Street food shouldn’t be confined to food markets like Hawker House, Street Feast or Kerb. Delicious gourmet hot dogs, paella and vegan rice bowls can be devoured at home too thanks to these flexible street food vendors who will come to any party. So if you’re organising an event this summer, be sure to put these guys on the top of the guest list
1 Street Kitchen
For a gourmet take on the street food van (yes, there may be a situation that calls for gourmet street food) Street Kitchen (pictured above) has got you covered. From breakfasts like soft poached eggs, spinach and tomato compote to gourmet burgers or bistro-style meals like hot smoked salmon, the Street Kitchen team dish up a whole range of excellent, healthy and locally-sourced dishes right out of their vintage airstream van. And they say variety is the spice of life.
2 Pig & Rig
Pig & Rig knows how to throw a party – with a spit roast and thumping sound system, of course! Its quality hog roasts and custom-built speakers have been known to keep summer party revellers happy for hours. The hog roasts are free range and slowly-cooked, then served up in a ciabatta with stuffing, rocket, apple sauce and a good dose of music. Pig & Rig will go anywhere in London and have even been given the stamp of approval by meat-loving Esquire Magazine.
3 Taco Truck
With food inspired by the markets of central and southern Mexico, Taco Truck will bring an authentic Mexican experience to you in an old red Citroen H fire truck and can supply tacos for up to 300 guests, so no-one will go hungry. It has a range of amazingly-zingy tacos filled with veggies, fish, meat, topped with guacamole, salsas and cheese, and a very special Guau chilli sauce made with four types of chillis.
4 Paella Fella
These guys know their way around a good paella serving it with chorizo, chicken and seafood, and will happily bring it right to your garden in their pop-up gazebo kitchen. But for Paella Fella, it’s not just about the traditional Spanish street food, the team will go more gourmet for you too, dishing up beautifully-fresh tapas: croquetas, white bait, tortilla, calamari, gazpacho and plates of thinly-sliced cured meats. Dessert isn’t forgotten, and the Spanish street food caterers have a menu of ice cream, sorbet, fruit salad, brownies and cheese cake.
5 Bish Bash Bangers
Real currywurst and bratwurst by a real Berliner – that’s the concept behind this street food van, and it’s a good one, particularly for soaking up a stein of beer. Bish Bash Bangers’ authentic German sausages will be served from a trailer pod or stall, depending on where your party is, and they’re cooked on site, so are sizzling for your guests. The menu lists The Berlin Sizzler, The Wunder Banger and The Jumbo Melt – we’d advise rolling these guys in for a little midnight feast…
6 Pizza Pilgrims
Since their success with restaurants in Soho and Carnaby Street, not to mention the cookbook, it’s easy to forget Pizza Pilgrims humble origins, but it all began with two guys and a van. And proving there are no diva tendancies here, the guys are still travelling around the UK with their pizza oven churning out melt-in-your-mouth Neapolitan pizzas. All the ingredients is sourced from Naples, which was researched thoroughly by James and Thom Elliot (the founders) on their original pizza pilgrimage through Italy.
7 Crêperie Nicolas
Looking for a little je n’ai sais quoi for your next party? Bring in the crêpe experts at Creperie Nicolas who will bring their blue van to your home or venue and cook up a range of pancakes as you enjoy the party. Typically French-style crêpes will be flipped and folded, as well as traditional Breton buckwheat galettes. The list of toppings is long and mouth-watering – cinnamon and sugar; banana and Belgian chocolate sauce, and honey and almond feature on the sweet side of things, while savoury galettes contain endless combinations of cheese, ham, egg, spinach, mushrooms and more.
8 Speck Mobile
For something a little out of the ordinary, give The Speck Mobile a call, the van serves up traditional Austrian fare, Austrian beers, wines and, of course, schnapps to go with it. Think schitzels, speck dumplings and Austrian-style roast pork, and bring a bit of the mountains to London.
Sometimes (read: often) all you want is a good pie. If you’re looking to keep it simple and satisfying at your next event then Pieminister have got you covered. Its pies range from classics like beef and ale or chicken and leek to inspired creations like chicken, sweet potato, coconut and chilli. All the ingredients is high quality – these aren’t the kind of pies you find in a petrol station – the chefs use free range eggs, beef and chicken and it’s all British where possible.
10 Wholefood Heaven
If you want to give your next event a healthy twist, consider Wholefood Heaven. This husband and wife/chef and homeopath combination serves up healthy and, most of all, tasty food from their van and will cater your next party. Their signature dish is the Buddha Bowl – brown rice, massaman curry of potato and pineapple, homemade kimchi pickle, steamed vegetables and the option to include haloumi. All that goodness is wheat free, gluten free and vegetarian.