The latest adventure for the Red Radish tour catering team has seen our truck and mobile kitchen head off on the (very) long road east to a wonderful arena in Bucharest, Romania. It has to be said that it was with some trepidation that we packed our flight cases and sent off on the 2000 plus kilometer journey from our mainland European base in France. The weather had been kind in Cannes and we knew we were heading for some snow on what was just about our deepest catering trip into one of the old East European iron-curtain countries. Our ultimate destination and the first venue on this leg of the tour was Romexpo which first opened in 1961, and boy were we excited.
After a seemingly effortless trip through Italy, Slovenia and Hungary things started to get a little more complicated once we hit the somewhat bleak European border town of Timisoara. Whilst there was the obvious benefit of Romania joining the EU and us not having to deal with a laborious carnet, there were still the inevitable questions and queues as we explained where we were heading and why we had an entire catering operation and kitchen in the back of our van! Once through the border and on to the somewhat potholed roads we were absolutely amazed by the beautiful surroundings, fantastic scenery and lovely people. We loved Bucharest, the venue was great and the tour promoter, the aptly named ‘Wonderful Events SRL’, turned out to be one of the most helpful production crews we have ever worked with on tour. They simply could not do enough to help as we installed our mobile kitchens and set about finding our way around the Bucharest markets and cash & carry. It was a great gig and we can’t wait to go back and cater (or holiday) there again!
Mulţumesc mult Alexandra, Dan and everyone at Wonderful Events!
PS: Also, to set the record straight, in ten days we saw no more than half a dozen stray dogs, not one gypsy and never got robbed once!