On Thursdays throughout the summer, Kanen Bij takes over Amsterdam’s Ten Katestraat to host close to a dozen food trucks for a street-food festival specializing in dishes from around the world.
Framing the small street, the food trucks lined the curbs and surrounded a stretch of picnic tables in the centre of the street. Decorated in traditional red and white checked table clothes, the seating area invited friends and strangers to take a seat, enjoy tasty food and make new friends.
Coloured fairy lights draped the street, adding a dash of colour and romance to the area, while a set of loud speakers played jazzy remixes of songs like “singing in the rain” and “they can’t take that away from me”.
Bottles of Prosecco shared between friends and glasses of beer were purchased from the pub at the corner of the street and lined the tables as people enjoyed their favourite tipple with their meals.
It was also encouraging to see vendors serving dishes on cardboard and wooden dishes and handing out wooden cutlery, rather than plastic, to reduce waste and minimize the impact of the festivities on the environment.
We really enjoyed our time at Kanen Bij. The food was incredibly tasty and affordable and the atmosphere was friendly and fun. If you’re in the area, and the festival is on, be sure to check it out!
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