Grub’s up in Lichfield

Nearly every town has its own street food event and now it is the turn of Lichfield to tuck into some fantastic dishes.

Bare Bones pizza

Grub Club launches on Wednesday 28th March on Market Street in the town centre. This new monthly event will feature great food, cocktail bars, a seating area and live music. Traders already signed up include Becky’s Bhajis, Bare Bones Pizza, 63 Islands and The English Indian. Free entry, from 5 – 11pm.

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Table Talk – Friday 9th March

A regional flavour to this week’s table talk, with an extension to Hanbao in Worcester planned, a new craft beer pub in Stafford opening  and Digbeth Dining Club’s first visit to Shrewsbury.

Hanbao Worcester

If they receive planning approval, burger fans in Worcester will have more space to enjoy at Hanbao. The restaurant and cocktail bar would like to add a rooftop bar to their Foregate Street premises. Due to open just in time for the summer.

Titanic Brewery beers

Titanic Brewery has designs on the former Co-op in Bodmin Avenue Stafford to transform the building into a café bar. Scheduled to open in April, the new venue will serve craft beers alongside food and coffee.

Dim Sum Su

The Digbeth Dining Club is on its travels again, this time going over to Shrewsbury for the first time. Teaming up with Severn Social, they will bring ten of their favourite street food traders from around the UK to start off a summer of monthly events in the town. Featuring Fat Snags, Dicks Smokehouse, Dim Sum Su, Baked in Brick, Bournville Waffle Company, Urban Cheesecake, Pimp My Wings, Street Souvlaki and Leave it to Esmie’s. From Saturday 7th April. Noon to 9pm £2 entry.

Digbeth Dining Club comes to Coventry

Some of my favourite street food traders are heading over to Coventry, thanks to the Digbeth Dining Club who is setting up a new monthly lunch club.

Leave it to Esmie

Head over to Friargate on the last Wednesday of the month and you can tuck into UK Street Food Awards’ Best Burger winner The Flying Cows, Middle Eastern dishes from The Middle Feast, a Caribbean feast from Esmies, sourdough wood-fired pizza from Handmade Pizza Co and to finish churros, hot chocolate and coffee by Bare Bones Churros. From 11am to 3pm. Launches on Wednesday 28th February.

Table Talk

Table Talk 14.08.17

Beer of champions is – Goats Milk!

Congratulations to Warwickshire’s Church End Brewery for winning CAMRA’s gold award at the  Great British Beer Festival in London. Goat’s Milk is a blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and  aromatic hops, that is the brewery’s best selling beer. Church End sales manager Paul Hamblett said: “We originally brewed and named it for a festival taking place in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on.”

New Indian eaterie

Fans of The Indian Rasoi street food at Digbeth Dining Club (DDC) will be pleased to hear that the owners have taken over the former site of Adam’s restaurant in Birmingham. The new restaurant and cocktail bar, called Indian Streatery, is due to open on 17 August on Bennett Hill, with lunch and evening menus.

Birthday celebrations

While we are talking about DDC I need to wish them many happy returns! Celebrating their fifth birthday, the team have some exciting plans up their sleeve – including expanding into Nuneaton in September – but before then they are having a party on Friday 18 August.

With events across the Midlands DDC will be celebrating their roots in our original home — Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth where it all started. Lineup for the night includes:

Original Patty Men
Spectacular Goat
Low ‘n’ Slow
Baked In Brick
Flying Cows
Buddha Belly
Polenista
English Indian
Fancy Fries
Bournville Waffle Company
Esmies
Holy Moly Macaroni
Indian Rasoi
Pietanic
Platinum Pancakes
Street Souvlaki

(Tickets are available for the event now at £1.50 with entry on the door £2.50).

Coming soon to Birmingham…

coming soon to Birmingham

A trio of new openings in Birmingham will be offering an appetising menu of truffle-topped pizza, street food and gin.

After India, Argentina and the USA, the Lasan Group are looking to Italy for their new concept which opens in the Selfridges Food Hall later this month. Izza! will serve sourdough pizzas, antipasti, cured meats and salads. The thin-crust pizzas will be baked in a beechwood-fired oven. Expect to pay £8 for a basic Margherita to around £15 for a truffle- topped pizza.

The Mosaic Pub and Dining Group (who own the Button Factory in the Jewellery Quarter) is turning the former Fiddle & Bone into The Distillery. The canal side pub will re-open after Easter with a gin bar upstairs and pub serving real ales downstairs.

During the Easter weekend, on Saturday 15 April, the Custard Factory will be launching Street Food Saturday their first monthly street food event. Expect German sausages from @yumlaut curries and chaats from @TheIndianRasoi homemade soups and deli sandwiches from @little6T3 and a selection of international dishes from @ChefShack627. For the sweet-toothed, @Churros_Susanna  will be on hand with their Spanish churros and chocolate sauce and there’ll be cakes, bakes, and proper tea from @HMS_Cupcake  @TheGinBoxUK will be serving  gin-based cocktails from their lovingly converted horse box.

1st Thursdays launch

1st Thursdays 5 March

 

It took ten weeks of planning to launch 1st Thursdays and I’m glad to say that the event was a success with the town buzzing with late night shoppers soaking up the entertainment and tucking into street food.

The next event is Thursday 2 April so follow @LoveRugbyTown for updates.

Thursdays in Rugby just got tastier

By working with the retail group 1st Thursdays and Scoff Street Food, I am delighted to announce that Rugby will hold its first evening street food market on Thursday 5 March.

AliveAfter5

Hungry shoppers can tuck into speciality chicken and lamb dishes, feast on gourmet hotdogs, enjoy guilt free vegan snacks , relish gourmet toasties and sink into freshly made waffles piled with sweet treats.

The Hungry Toad burrito

Fans of Tex Mex food should head over to The Hungry Toad for their signature dish. Free range chicken, fried in buttermilk and their secret coating, served with choice of toppings and homemade hot sauce, honey and lemon, seasame seed or blue cheese dressing.

Savanna Grill bunny chow

Savanna Grill specialises in South African street food, and their dishes for the night include the mighty meat feast Bunny chow – a lamb curry served inside a hollowed out loaf of bread and homemade biltong – air-dried beef marinated in coriander and spices.

The Vegan Grind House

Putting a healthy twist on junk food, The Vegan Grindhouse has their own take on the classic American Philly Cheesesteak. Their version is a freshly baked sub roll filled with marinated seitan steak strips, mushrooms, onions and jalapenos, topped with their homemade nacho cheese sauce.

The Jabberwocky scotch egg toastie

After eight months of research, The Jabberwocky is premiering a new gourmet toastie. The Scotch Egg toastie is full of free range egg, covered in cheese and with sausage meat from a local butcher.

Big Daddies Diner

Gourmet hot dog fans will remember ‘The Edna’ from Big Daddies Diner’s previous visit to Rugby Food Festival.  This is an all beef dog in brioche bun served with lashings of homemade beef chili, dressed with cheese and homemade jalepeno relish. Not for the fainthearted!

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Those with a sweet tooth won’t be left out. For dessert The Bournville Waffle Company will be serving Rocky Road waffles with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunks with freshly whipped cream and chocolate sauce from their pretty, pastel converted ice cream van.

For the chair of the 1st Thursdays team Simon Ainley, it was an easy decision to locate the street food market on Jubilee Gardens.  He says “Right in the heart of the town centre we have this lovely triangle of grass, trees and benches in which to soak up the delicious tastes and aromas of our street food chefs. It is an underused public space that we are delighted to be able to make the most of for our late night shopping extravaganza.”

From 5 – 8pm visitors can eat alfresco and relax under gazebos in Jubilee Gardens to the soothing sounds of local musicians Ben Watts, Kate and the Moon Cats, Becki and The Dove and The Rattletones.

Appetites will also be sated by shopping for locally produced cheese, pickles and other deli delights inside the Clock Towers and savouring hot dogs and burgers crafted from locally reared pork by the Red Banger outside Rugby Tap.

Rugby’s 1st street food night

I’m counting down the next six weeks until Thursday 5th March when Rugby’s first night time street food market launches!

The Jabberwocky Birmingham Post

Working with the lovely Flic and Barny, from Scoff and The Jabberwocky, we are lining up a tasty array of traders to give the town centre a boost in the evening.

AliveAfter5

This is all part of a new initiative by local retailers to generate fans for the town’s businesses and bring the town alive after 5pm with special promotions and entertainment.  Held on the first Thursday of the month, the town centre will be buzzing with shops and businesses remaining open until 8pm. Shoppers can enjoy some retail therapy, catch up on appointments without taking time off work during the day, or just soak up the party atmosphere as a night out.

Rugby Real Bread scones

There will be plenty of gourmet treats to take home too. A mini artisan market of delicious local produce will be set up in the Clock Towers. A range of stallholders will be selling freshly made bread and pastries, speciality cheese, preserves packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables, exquisite handmade chocolates and flavoursome cooking sauces.

Red Banger

Over the next few weeks, we will be announcing which street food traders and local food businesses are taking part – like The Red Banger from Southam who use pork reared on their farm in the sausages – so keep checking the blog for updates and come along!

Eat Street goes to Coventry

The lucky students at Coventry University were treated to their first street food market on campus last Wednesday.

Bare Bones pizza

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.

63 Islands drinks

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.

Sultan montage

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

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.

The Cake Doctor montage

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.

CJS Events at Coventry University

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.

Birmingham street food favourites

Canoodle

In case you missed it, here is the link to a great feature on street food in the Birmingham Post, with the Digbeth Dining Club traders in advance of their 2nd birthday party celebrations next Friday. http://www.birminghampost.co.uk/lifestyle/food-drink/birmingham-street-food-guide-whos-7607752