It’s official — Ultimate Frisbee is now recognized by the International Olympic Committee as a “legitimate” sport.
If there was a best occasion to be playing Ultimate, I’d say it would be at one of those 4th of July barbecue parties. It’s the kind of outdoor parties where Americans seize the excuse to meet up with friends on literally the hottest public holiday of the year, down a six-pack or three, and effectively pass out before the fireworks show starts — you know, the highlight of the celebration that everyone is supposed to be waiting a whole day for. What better way to kill time in between than to throw a disc around outside? (No one refers to it as a frisbee, by the way.)
In the absence of all said shenanigans, however, spending 4th of July across the pond can sometimes inflict a sense of loneliness or isolation. Take it from someone who’s been meaning to organize some “red, white, and blue” fun for a few years in a row now, only to be met with indifference or even slight mockery from certain English cousins.
This year, KERB Southbank Riverside came to rescue, with fingers-licking-good street food. Some of their traders even happen to specialize in American street food.
Speaking of street food, let’s talk about another cultural difference between the States and London. (I only say London so as not to make assumptions about other parts of the UK.) With American food trucks, I have had more than a few successes of “summoning” them to drive out to locations of our convenience. Twitter and the ability to type in incomplete sentences are all one needs. That includes both suburbs and major cities.
In London, getting food trucks to come to you on demand would be like… not having any tourists hold (or force) Tube doors open when the next train arrives in literally one minute — i.e. next to never. It’s just not very feasible logistically and otherwise. There are, of course, catering businesses in the city who are willing to travel but they don’t really count as street food now, do they? In other words, most street food vendors are tied down to one or more local markets. Most of them are actually quite immobile, contrary to what the term “street” may suggest.
KERB is, once again, like a knight in shining armor in this type of situation. They are creating many new trading opportunities by transforming public spaces all over London into mobile food markets. More traders at more locations mean one thing — getting to feed more food-loving patrons.
The first-ever KERB I went to is their King’s Cross (Granary Square) one a couple years ago, before their move to Cubitt Square, where I was doing freelance photography for a fellow magazine. At the time, I was personally greatly impressed by the high quality of every single trader. I still reminisce about all the delicious food I got to taste that day.
When I saw that KERB was operating their first Southbank Riverside event over the 4th of July weekend, I decided that I had to go and check it out. It was good to see some of the traders that I recognized, whilst also quite refreshing to see a bunch of new faces.
Below are some photos to show what they’ve got:
If you missed the July one, KERB Southbank Riverside is returning this weekend (when the Tube strike should be over), as well as in early September.