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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

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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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Gourmet Express Mobile Catering, the popular Giant Can (for many known as ‘German food wagon with the Bavarian style marquee’) spot in Aylesbury, is temporarily closed for “restructuring and retooling” and will reopen in a few days time.

“We are re-engineering the menu, and looking at the whole structure of the business,” said owner Stefan Schenkelberg in a phone interview on Tuesday. Schenkelberg disputed rumors — heard around town and posted on a local message board — that the food stall was shutting its doors for good.

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ice and snow and the can, Bavarian street food on hold

Schenkelberg said he decided to take advantage of the Winter lull in street food markets to make some changes, and the ‘restaurant’ will reopen in a few days time.

He said there will be some “new management and procedures” in place; the ‘can crew’ will remain the same for now.

When asked if any renovations were taking place, Schenkelberg said “nothing major. I don’t want people expecting a makeover.”

Schenkelberg said this time of year was slow for the ‘restaurant,’ as it is for many of our fellow street restaurant and food cart owners. Also, when there are adverse weather conditions such as freezing temperatures and snow, the ‘can’ sees a dip in business. “If there’s no brick and mortal restaurant, it’s out of sight, out of mind,” he said.

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