June is officially London Food Month, a month-long celebration of food across the capital. With over 400 events taking place you’re bound to catch one of them and today, after work, I headed over to The Food Truck Festival, at Westfield Stratford City. Ordinarily, I’d schedule this blog post in a week or so time however with the Food Truck Festival coming to a close on Sunday 25th June I thought it best to get it out there ASAP, in case one of my lovely readers fancied a visit.
The fabulous food trucks can be found on the ground floor in the Chestnut Plaza, a beautiful outdoor space that’s been decorated with vibrant greenery, patio tables and chairs, wooden structures and an awning draped with fairy lights.
Right in the centre, a queue was forming for the Freixenet Cava and Prosecco van, this little vintage truck was where the party started, selling bottles for £30 or glasses for £6, the queues just kept growing! If you can grab a table or a seat on a bench then a bottle of bubbly in the sun would be a perfect way to end the afternoon.
You didn’t need to have been standing around long to start smelling the enticing aromas coming from The Indian Street Kitchen and Hola Guacamole. It was a tough decision but in the end, I went for Mexican, swayed by their gluten free tacos and the promise of a big dollop of guacamole. The guys in the van were working as fast as they could to keep queues moving, with everything cooked from scratch it was a feat to behold, but I don’t mind waiting for good food. A few minutes after ordering I was presented with a box full of 3 chipotle chicken tacos, topped with guacamole and salsa, a filling feast for £8.
Food tastes so much better when it’s fresh. The chicken was juicy, the avocado creamy and the salsa cut through it all perfectly. I honestly think I could eat Mexican for the rest of my life and never get tired of it.
After a little sit-down and an Instagram update, I made a beeline for Yorika, an ice cream truck that was entirely gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy and nut free! That’s right, everything they served was vegan and gluten free! With the weather as it has been in London the past few days, it was no surprise that they’d ran out of their gluten free cones, so I settled for a pot instead. The PeaNOTbutter ice cream was calling my name and I topped it off with caramel sauce and a creamy cookie. Oh my gosh, it was amazing. I haven’t had ice cream on this level since becoming dairy free 7 years ago. Despite being entirely nut free there was still the unmistakable flavour of peanut butter rippled through it, the caramel sauce wasn’t overly sweet and when eaten together with the cookie it reminded me of a snickers bar. If I hadn’t just stuffed myself with tacos I probably would have had a second helping. A small pot (two-ish scoops) with caramel sauce and a cookie topping came to £5.
If you’re a foodie in London this weekend be sure to head down to Westfield Stratford City and try some for yourself!
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