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Flea markets in London

Analysing flea markets as part of ‘Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil’ growth strategy

The difficulties for us as a up market food stall operator are complex but justifiable when we look back.

London’s markets are not typical of what we see in continental Europe.

The majority of these markets have certain characteristics. Here you can find the usual junk-shops selling clothes and souvenirs but also a great variety of fruits and vegetables at very reasonable prices and lots of junk food stalls that can be described as provisional at best. 

But, having said that, ‘Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil’ is not really a good fit in these places as we need to draw quality footfall to our specialist food trailer.

The difficulty is as far as I can see that the urban and suburban areas are lacking of local small-scale producers, micro-businesspeople, those that could have a stall to showcase their goods to draw in a good crowd of visitors or, as I call it, quality footfall.

In addition, once a certain level of quality stalls have been identified at these markets, others will become suddenly aware of the potential and the situation could change for the better.

Ways of encouraging quality stallholders by the market management still need, I believe, to be better defined, while the market forces capable of triggering a virtuous cycle of synergy are not clearly identified yet and so are not available, as they should be, in the short term.

It’s a popularity matter: Once a good standard of these flea markets has been attained the ratings go up and e.g. you will see Walthamstow market mentioned next to Portobello Market on the ‘i love markets’ webportal (see
A brief analysis provided by Stefan Schenkelberg, co-owner of Gourmet Express Mobile Catering’s signature trailer Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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expansion project


Rainer’s Bavarian Grill has been a great boost for European’s longest market street in Walthamstow for the most part in 2016 and I know people would want to see them rolling out their Oktoberfest concept at this year’s Walthamstow Garden Party in July. They also want to see them organizing their own event’s in typical Bavarian Oktoberfest style.

Oktoberfest food and fun

It would be wonderful if this crowdfunding campaign is successful and Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil can expand with the proposed portable beer bar.

The food operator’s Chief Creator Stefan Schenkelberg, a business graduate from Germany and business man for many years in England, said: “I’m so thrilled that this campaign has been launched, it’s very exciting to think Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil will offer Oktoberfest themed parties with beer, music and good food for years to come.”

Anywone wishing to back the project or who wants further information should visit Rainer’s Bavarian Grill’s crowdfunding campaign release page.

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill without the oil is owned and operated by Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg, a husband and wife team. “Unfortunately, the business couple is not in a position to fund the project outright so they have launched the crowdfunding appeal to allow the communities to back the expansion drive of Rainer’s Bavarian Grill with a portable beer bar if they also believe this would be a positive addition to the UK festival scenes.”

Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg
Founder, Stefan Schenkelberg

Listen to the founder’s message. Go here:

the people's advocate
the people’s advocate

Warm regards,

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill | The Business Development Team

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first three days

Good Evening Friends,

Gourmet Express Mobile Catering entered a new phase of operation last week when their flagship catering mobile ‘Rainer’s Bavarian Grill’ was set up for the first time at Walthamstow Market in London E17 7DB.

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Gourmet Express M C customer service experience

Rainer’s Bavarian Grill (formerly known as the Giant Can), the crowd pulling burger van experience of Gourmet Express Mobile Catering for now over five years, is located on 20 High Street, Walthamstow, just 2 minutes walk from St James Street train station.

St James Street train station next to Rainer's Bavarian Grill
St James Street train station Walthamstow

In addition to the marquee Gourmet Express M C utilizes an even more unique structure, a 10-foot tall Can with a small kitchen inside.

A pure and natural ethos characterizes the cooking style of Regina and Stefan Schenkelberg with their upmarket mobile restaurant.

Burgers and more
Burgers and more..

Bold flavors emerge from their innovative compositions, while simple preparations of authentic Bavarian meat products and other offerings subtly tease the palate. With a focus on authentic German quality meat products including of course the finest supersized burger with the full aromatic flavour called ‘Frikadelle’, the food truck hosts ensure a dining experience unlike any other. Sumptuous and visually arresting desserts from Executive Pastry Chef Regina Schenkelberg conclude the dining experience on a sublime note.

Come and join us this coming week. We are open from Tuesday to Saturday from
11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Your Business Development Team
@Gourmet Express Mobile Catering



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BREAKING NEWS opening soon

The ‘can’ will be sent to Central London’s East Street Market on Saturday the 5th of December to re-launch trade!

After a stormy night with quite some rain, the board has made the decision early this morning that the company’s operation, halted for most of the year, will now officially re-commence their operation from Saturday the 5th of December followed by five days during the week (Tue-Sat excluding of course Saturday Festival Trade – please check their website for information). The attendance of the Christmas Trade is on their plan and it is without any doubt that in terms of good food Gourmet Express Mobile Catering can contribute to the shoppers’ desire to seek out good street food when they are on their bargain hunt. East Street Market, just 3 miles down the road from Tower Bridge, with over 150 stalls, can certainly help meeting requirements for the many shoppers in London.

As concerning the company’s technicality issues in relation to the reliability of their towing vehicle Stefan Schenkelberg explains: “This is now all sorted and the new car will do the job without doubt. Mind you there is a horse in that car!”

We hope to see you all in London.

Warm regards,

The Team @Rainer’s Bavarian Grill

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Basildon and Pitsea Carnival

Tributes to a man who always cared about business & fun
for the common good

– the outgoing chairman of Basildon & Pitsea Carnival, Mr. George Coleman-Wood

George at the can
George joins the German food stall

Some three years ago, George  invited our business to attend one of Essex’s largest carnival events, even though, operating from rural Essex, we had little monies and weren’t able to guarantee that we can pay the pitch fees. It was, I think, George’s carnival number 51, back in 2012. Thank you for the friendship great man!

It is said, “A friendship is one of the nicest gifts you can give yourself.”  So today, we thank our good friend, the outgoing Chairman of the Basildon Carnival Association, George Coleman-Wood and his many volunteers on the showground. It is well-known saying: “Behind every great man is a strong team.” In this case, we express gratitude to George for his steadfast commitment to our food stall.  Moving on, there is a famous saying: “It may be hard for the new person to fill the shoes of the predecessor.” His achievements were simply astonishing.

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We enjoyed being in Basildon on an annual basis to spoil the fun loving community and it will be the fourth year this season for our can to be sent to this wonderful carnival event.

I am sure George will still be involved with the carnival and we wish him Good Health and Luck for many more years to come.

Stefan Schenkelberg
Gourmet Express Mobile Catering


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Wendover – Bockwurst and more..

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We had an enjoyable weekend at Wendover’s Garden Centre. More and more members of staff at the centre came to enjoy our wurst. Our Bavarian man went out to the centre of the Christmas market inside the centre and spoiled customers with delicious lebkuchen (gingerman).

Next week we will have our themed marquee launched and we will have a surprise…


More soon,


Stefan Schenkelberg, founder