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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
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American Fast Food For All

After travelling for hours through the night with nothing but a flask of java and glitchy radio to keep him going, the weary American trucker is tired, hungry, and needs to pee, but he is also in the middle on nowhere on a deserted highway. It looks like he'll be spending another sleepless night in his truck.

Bu then, up ahead, he see a flashing neon sign: 'Eat at Joe's'. Salvation. The trucker pulls up, enters the diner, and before he knows it, he's sitting in a booth, a hot cup of coffee in his hand, with a friendly waitress serving up fries and the biggest hotdog you've ever seen. God love America.

But you don't have to be a trucker to get the roadside fast food experience. You don't even have to be in the States. For all you Londoners, Wood Wharf is your one port of call for an authentic taste of America this summer.

Make your pitstop (or train stop) on the 1st & 2nd August or the 5th & 6th September, and you will find yourself at London's biggest street food night market. American style.

Between 5pm - 11pm each day, over twenty street food trucks will gather in the district of Canary Wharf to give you an all out American dinning experience. Joining them will be fire engines, milk floats, and various pop-up shops including the the Taco Shack, Roadside Diner, Smoke BBQ Pit, Rotary Bar, Craft Beer, and Keg Party. Tickets are 10 and you can taste everything from Southern fried chicken to tandoor smoked lamb wraps.

Meet The Truckers

While Anna Mae dishes out pimped up cheesy macs in her 1986 GMC Vandura van, the rather camp looking Baba G is going all out with Royal Raj Rumps. There will also be Vietnamese cuisine in a former Sainsbury's delivery van, and after the horse meat scandal, it is ironic that Bell & Brisket's salt beef bagels are being whipped up inside a renovated horsebox.

Among the other quirky trucks are Born and Raised, which has been converted into a wood-fired pizza pie oven, the camouflaged Bowler, which you would struggle to find in a field of daisies, and a Citroen Hy 1959 fire engine, just right for cooking smoked sausage.

Although this is a night food festival, The Breakfast Club will still be a popular place to fill those tummies; their American pancakes served with bacon, syrup, and eggs is sure to be a unusual experience.

Other unmissable mentions include Fishdog, Motherclucker, Mama's Jerk Station, and to finish it all off, The Little Mixing Factory has a range of frozen yoghurts.

So get to the Truck Stop for your American Fast Food Feast. Yum.
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Why? Fun for foodies
When: 1st & 2nd Aug, 5th & 6th Sept
Where: Wood Wharf
Cost: 10
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What a good idea and what a good "play on words". Great Article Bryony!
by GilliansCamera (score: 2|381) 3230 days ago
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