The lucky students at Coventry University were treated to their first street food market on campus last Wednesday.
Eat Street from Leamington Spa brought nine traders and live music over for a day of freshly prepared Turkish, Caribbean, Mexican cuisine, burgers, hot dogs, pizza and even cakes.
Refreshing drinks to cool down the heat of 63 Islands Caribbean dishes include sorrel and ginger plus carrot juice from Jamaica and an orange milkshake from the Dominican Republic.
Maureen and Suat have been running Sultan, a Turkish kitchen for just six months and already loving the freedom to meet their customers. I tried mucver – courgette pancakes with feta, onions, parsley and dill. Seasoned with sumak and served with a garlic yoghurt dip and esme – crushed tomatoes , onions, parsley and pepper for a subtle heat. Maureen and Suat want to expand their mobile kitchen in the New Year with a gazebo to house a gas ring, so that they have the space to create more food including the “best kebabs you’ll ever taste” promised Suat.
Mister V from Leamington Spa cooked his handmade sausages and burgers to an appreciative audience, with options to choose your bread and toppings to create the perfect snack.
Within his funky vintage converted ambulance, Cake Doctor James provides what he calls “the sixth emergency service” serving delicious wedges of homemade cakes and freshly brewed Bluebird whole leaf teas. Taught to cook by his grandmother and mother, James bought the ambulance from Ebay to get his lifelong passion for a cake business moving. His carrot cake, banana loaf and chocolate brownies were gorgeous!
So with the opening of Fargo Village and the Eat Street market launch, Coventry is getting a taste of some great street food traders from the Midlands.
The organisers CJs Events hope that this will become a regular event and I’ll let you know when the next Eat Street market will take place in Coventry.