This week, Foodie Friday takes a look at one of the hottest trends this year-the Street Food revolution. No longer does the extent of street food consist of a greasy burger and chips. One can now find a vast array of delicious, healthy and tempting foods sold from all manner of vans, carts and wagons. The craze of street food has blossomed across the country, in particular the capital, so look out for the next van/stall near you and keep a close eye on this ever-growing global food trend.
On Sunday 28th April, the inaugural Chowzter World’s Seven Tastiest Fast Feasts Awards, will announce the world’s tastiest food items as selected by top food bloggers from over 30 countries. Hosted by actor and comedian Alexander Armstrong and supported by Coca Cola, the event will be held at East London’s Village Underground and is set to be one of the most exciting foodie events of the year to which everyone is invited. Chowzter World’s Seven Tastiest Fast Feasts Awards will announce the best of the most popular categories ranging from Pizza and Dumplings to Tacos. Nominations will be revealed next week so follow @Chowzter7 on twitter to find out! Tickets are on sale now, priced at £25 per person. For ticket sales go to www.chowzter.com/awards
Shake Shack opening this July in Covent Garden
Get ready London! Shake Shack is on its way! Born in New York City’s Madison Square Park in 2004, Shake Shack will be opening their first ever UK shack this July, located in the historic Market Building near the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Shake Shack is a modern day ‘roadside’ burger stand serving the most delicious all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. The menu will showcase all the Shack classics, as well as a selection of location-specific items using fresh, simple ingredients. From its ingredients and employment practices, Shake Shack puts great emphasis on its environmental responsibility, design and community investment and aims to serve high quality food at a great value. A fun and lively community gathering place, Shake Shack has earned a cult-like following around the world and we predict London will be next!
This Monday, Sauce and Shake Shack will be attending Burger Monday to sample some mouth-watering burgers, created by Blueprint cafe’s head chef Mark Jarvis. We will let you know how we got on in next’s weeks edition.
Tonight marks the first night of Street Feast London, a celebration of all things street food, right in the heart of the Capital. Each Friday between now and June, the street food market will take over the former Travis Perkins builders Merchant Yard on Kingsland Road and play host to over 200 people celebrating the start of the weekend.
Open from 5pm until midnight, the Merchant Yard in trendy Shoreditch will be packed out and selling food from all corners of the globe from the chicken on offer at Mama’s Jerk Kitchen to the Big Dog at Big Dog Hot Dogs all washed down with an array of cocktails and drinks.
Find out more here: www.streetfeastlondon.com
The Street Food Revolution- It’s a Dine of the Times
When people think of street food, they wouldn’t be wrong if packed out markets and bazaars across Asia, India and South America spring to mind. But thanks to the likes of festival food stalls and a need for cheaper, fresh food on the go, street food is now an ever- growing trend across the UK, with food stalls popping up in almost every city across the country. So, it may be worth forgetting the idea of formal sit-down restaurants in favour of eating with a plastic fork off a napkin, as it seems like it’s a foodie trend here to stay.
If you look outside of London, you can stumble across some real treats. Manchester and Bristol are both cosmopolitan cities and could be great places to start. Guerrilla Eats runs regular street food events across Manchester with a great range of foods on offer from colourful paella to wood- fired pizzas. www.guerrillaeats.co.uk
And for those in the heart of the South West, join the queue at College Green, Bristol every lunch time when a familiar yellow and red umbrella is wheeled onto the green marking the arrival of Meat & bread, Bristol’s best street food. The stand is responsible for keeping the city’s people well -fed with massive sandwiches filled with delicious flavours like their favourite beef Jamaican curry. meatandbread.co.uk
Even Sainsbury’s have got in on the act.
Sainsbury’s rolls out street food range, 8th April
The UK retailer is set to launch a range of on-the-go lunch options in a bid to tap into the demand for street food in the country. The chilled range will comprise wraps, salads and flatbreads inspired by food from the around the world, the retailer said today. Products will include Jamaican Jerk Chicken wrap and Pad Thai King Prawn and Chicken Street Salad. Sainsbury’s street food will range between £2.80 and £3.50 and will be in-store from 29 April.
By Florence Clarke and Lauren Hill