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Reigate Easter Market

An order has been put in for the sun to shine on the Reigate Easter Market in Tunnel Road on Saturday 4th April.

From 11-3pm Tunnel Road will be filled with delicious food stalls and arts & crafts plus hot street food traders too.

Hopefully this will be the first of many Easter Markets in Tunnel Road that can become a tradition and just keep getting bigger and better.

Lots of local traders, come down and support them.

Hot cross buns, ice cream, artisan chocolate, homemade marshmallows and fudge; paella, slow cooked lamb ribs and freshly made ravioli and meatballs. What’s not to like?

See you there!

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Reigate Easter Market- Tunnel Road 

Saturday 4th April 11am-3pm

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Ghoulies, ghosties, guising & souling

Hallowe’en (All Hallows Eve) is a well celebrated tradition across the UK. Trick or treating, parties, apple bobbing & veritable home grown drinking games. Where does the term ‘Hallowmas’ come from?

The tradition of going from door to door receiving food already existed in Great Britain and Ireland in the form of “souling” before ‘trick or treating’, where children and poor people would go door to door on Hallowmas (1st November) sing and say prayers for the dead on All Souls Day in return for cakes. Also there’s guising where children disguised in costumes going from door to door for food and coins also predates trick or treat where masqueraders in disguise carrying lanterns made out of scooped out turnips, visit homes to be rewarded with cakes, fruit and money.

Not only does Shakespeare mention the practice in his comedy The Two Gentlemen of Verona (1593), it has been known that a few recent writers have applied this term to the three days from 31 October to 2 November inclusive as a synonym of Hallowtide

All children love to go ‘trick or treating’ but it is becoming more and more difficult for parents to do this with their children. Not everyone likes people knocking on their doors and for some where they live it’s nigh on impossible. Let’s make it fun for EVERYONE.

Introducing #PillagetheVillage, on Saturday 1st November 11.00am-4.00pm. Shops & businesses in the town centre will open their doors to little pillagers of Reigate. Participating shops will have black & orange balloons outside and treats inside for the pillagers. Grown ups can collect a trick or treat bag from either Cullenders in Bell St or Cook in the High St and can also leave a donation of a non-perishable food item for local food bank Loveworks.

On the same day it’s Reigate Street Eats in Tunnel Road, with fantastic street food from Flippin Cow, The Tinderbox, Dog Town, Abycina, Crocus Paella and more, with music, mulled cider & few other naughty treats. Plus you or the kiddies can ‘bob’ for apples and even get your face painted.

And for grown up stuff Market Stores have joined in the #ReigateHallowmas fun. They have live music by The Gremlins on All Hallows Eve (Friday) and a Ghostbusters Night, “I Ain’t Afraid of No Ghost”, upstairs on Saturday. Showing the films plus hot dogs, popcorn & nachos. What’s not to like?

Let’s make #ReigateHallowmas the place to be each year. Next year pumpkin carving competitions, best dressed ghouls, more parties and general good fun for everyone of all ages.

Enjoy #ReigateHallowmas #pillagethevillage #reigatestreeteats – post pictures and share the fun.

#PillagetheVillage

1st Nov Street Eats

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Freakie Tikki

It’s a long and winding ‘street food’ road

“Has Britain’s street food revolution run out of road?” asks Paula Cocozza of the Guardian today. Paula questions whether the both the use of the word ‘street’ in street food is apt and also how authentic can it be when a great deal of ‘street food’ is now being taken off the street.

The problem happens when something becomes a ‘scene’ and not accepted as a change in how we, the general public, eat and want to consume our food.

There is nothing new about eating food on the street or from mobile traders in the UK, this has been happening not for decades but centuries; it is just now wrapped differently and there is a clear division between a late night kebab van and someone selling handmade gyozas or beef rendang.

Of course much of the attention towards street food is London centric with the likes of the street food collective KERB run by Petra Barran operating out of the rather lovely Granary Square in Kings Cross & The Guerkin and Street Feast with their urban set up at Dalston Yard and more recently Model Market in Lewisham, a venue of micro diners occupied by street food traders.

Recently, as Paula states, Richard Johnson author of Street Food Revolution and founder of The British Street Food Awards, is behind moving street food indoors at Trinity Kitchen in Leeds and there are plans for more like it. To be honest, for me, this is no longer street food but a food court. A lot of people who have travelled far and wide would consider street food to be the fayre sold on the kerbside by hawkers, though, if you travel to the Far East not only will you see hawker stalls but also food courts selling similar foods. Maybe this is the way forward for some traders who struggle when it hits the winter months?

There’s always people going to be looking for the ‘next big thing’ to make money of existing ideas. Tour of the North, or a pitch in the local Arndale doesn’t personally inspire me but it may others. It’s a bit like restaurants always trying to find the next cool place to set up: in a glass box on top of the theatre, suspended from a balloon, underwater…

However, a large proportion of traders are very happy trading on the street at their own pitches, like The Ribman for example, at markets and at events like Reigate Street Eats, which I have been running since May of this year. Like anything most ‘movements’ start in big cities, and in the UK, predominantly in London. This then migrates to other cities and towns throughout the country. Maybe it is apathy from London commentators only, thinking that ‘Street Food’ on the street is over, as the trends, fads and scenes come and go so quickly. But is it? The love of events hosted by Street Feast “London’s pioneering night market” is supported by faithful hordes weekend in, weekend out. As is The Ribman at his pitches, who if you don’t get there pretty sharpish, will be hanging up a SOLD OUT sign!

One thing that troubled me a little was that when Buddha Belly was offered to trade at Trinity Kitchen they “wanted a different kind of look…didn’t want any plastic or anything that looked like a gazebo”. Whilst converted vehicles & trucks look funky and let’s face it a pretty good marketing tool, it shouldn’t be the deciding factor to trade. It’s all about the food. At grass roots level most new traders could never conceive buying a vehicle, so most do operate from gazebos and I have to say that some are pretty amazing how they ‘pimp’ and dress them up.

What about the question that rears it’s head often about price? Personally, I haven’t seen many traders food price around the £10 mark that’s being bandied around, so is far from the norm in my opinion. We have had traders that offer food anywhere priced from £1.50 for Middle Eastern snack items to full meal portions costing, at most, £7. This is a price most people are happy to pay for food that is a fresh as can be and cooked there and then in front of you. Take Olly’s Fish Shack for example. His fish was landed at 6am in Newhaven and people in Reigate were enjoying his subs, fish tacos and soft shell crab by midday. How much do people pay for a fish supper nowadays from the local chippy? I can assure you that the fish would not have been as fresh, all served with homemade sauces & mayos and the ubiquitous charm & character of a genuine trader who will talk to you about where the food is from.

So does street food have longevity? There has always been an appetite for markets, they will continue to pull that interest and will only increase now that people have a genuine interest as to the provenance of their food and how it is cooked. Plus more local authorities nationwide are having to look at how they can improve their high streets and increase footfall. More weekly markets with the addition of hot food traders, night markets and street food events are popping up from Land’s End to John O’Groats and this can only be a good thing and wont be disappearing anytime time soon.

If anything, the recent ‘Street Food Revolution’ has just brought better cooking & higher quality food offerings to the forefront and if that improves what food you can get on the street, at festivals, even in a shopping mall, that can only be good.

There’s is nothing better than seeing a community of people young & old enjoying foods they have never tasted before such as Abycina’s Ethiopian curry or sharing deep fried Hungarian flat breads from The Langos Company.

It’s a long and winding ‘street food’ road that will inevitably have detours but has certainly not run out.

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Next Reigate Street Eats is on Saturday 1st November in Tunnel Road, Reigate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street Food Returns to Historic Tunnel Road

Hip & happening events aren’t just for the city folk. The incredibly popular foodie attraction Street Eats is returning to Surrey in Tunnel Road, Reigate on Saturday 5th July with a very tasty line up of food.

After a hugely successful first event in May, Street Eats returns with another rip roaring programme of food, drink & music in historic Tunnel Road. Featuring food from around the world including from Portugal, Hungary, Asia, Ethiopia & Eritrea, Italy and the UK.

From 11.00am – 4.00pm you can move to the tunes, whilst filling your face and supping on beer and champagne…what’s not to like?

Check out what traders and food are in store below:

Abycina

Most of us will never had eaten Ethiopian or Eritrean food. Abycina will be bringing these unique and incredible flavours to Tunnel Road.

Abycina produces three signature dishes:

Zigne – Spinach, Onion and Tomato Dish mixed with Seventy freshly ground spices including the unique east african: 7 spice, African Basil and Fenugreek

Tuimtomo – Lentil, Carrots and Onion Dish with Thirteen spices : Fresh and Ground Coriander, Garlic and Celery and Ground Ginger

Shero – Powdered Chickpeas &Tomato with Fifteen spices including: Indian Long Pepper, Gold Roasted Fenugreek

Injera- All these three dishes are served with beautiful homemade Ethiopian sour flatbread. Injera is made from Taff the world’s smallest grain and completely Gluten Free!

 

Hao Chii

Hao Chii or delicious in Mandarin – is a unique new venture to bring ‘delicious’ food from all over Asia to you.

‘Fusion Asian’ perhaps describes best what Hao Chii is all about. And tingle your taste buds it certainly will. Offering Bangkok Beef, tangy crispy fried chicken & to really tingle, wasabi prawns. As well as deep fried crispy chicken dumplings & veg springs rolls.

All taste tested in Singapore!

 

The Langos Company

Introducing The Langos Company specialising in Hungarian flatbreads.

Our Langos is not for the faint hearted. This rich, hearty food gives you a piece from the streets of Budapest which you will never forget. You can’t compare Langos to anything. It will definitely give your taste buds a run and You will come back for second!

What’s on their menu?

Langos with rotisserie corn-fed chicken, soured cream, garlic oil, Thyme & Sparkenhoe Red Leicester.

Langos with goats curd & cream cheese, caramelised red onion with spinach.

Langos with Hereford Beef ragu, fresh basil, herbs, garlic oil & soured cream with Cornish Yarg.

Langos with garlic oil, soured cream & Sparkenhoe Red Leicester.

Not only do they have fabulous Langos to fill your faces with, they also have a tipple or two to help them slide down. Sparkling wine, Champagne and wait for it… Hungarian Palinka.

“Egészségedre!” or ‘cheers’ as we’d say in Blighty!

 

Olly’s Fish Shack

Gourmet fish finger sandwiches to go, po boys, tacos and fish subs are all the types of food that you will see from Olly’s Fish Shack.

We believe there is a craft to a perfect mouthful. It starts with exceptionally fresh fish, prime fillets are double dipped in our secret batter and panko breadcrumbs for an incredibly light and crunchy coating – the fish literally steams inside! It builds with carefully paired toppings and finally it explodes with our home made sauces. Add these beauties to your street food arsenal and you won’t be disappointed!

Olly gets insider knowledge from a local fisherman called Graham who has also been a sustainable fish activist for many years. He tells Olly what’s in season, local and fair to the seas.

Olly’s sauces are made by hand – even the mayonnaise base for the Aioli and Tartar is made from scratch and he uses organic eggs for this from Macs farm in Ditching.

 

Vintage DottyVintage Dotty

Dotty is a fabulously fun & unique caravan, bursting with heaps of vintage style and charm. Serving the most devine cakes, sweet treats, ice creams & milkshakes that’ll have you going back for another…and another!

Devour cakes such as red velvet, lemon drizzle or pistachio & lime, lemon scones & lavender cream.

All complimented with either a proper cuppa, coffee or a ridiculously naughty hot chocolate with cream & marshmallows.

 

DinaDina’a Kitchen

Since moving to England Dina developed a passion for cooking, mainly because she was missing eating Portuguese food. This gave her the opportunity to set up her own Portuguese street food business and to give people the opportunity to know and LOVE Portuguese food.

On Dina’s menu:

Bacalhau a Bras – salt cod fish, fried potato, egg, parsley and olives

Prego no Pao – marinated beef steak, topped with melted cheese in a roll

Pastel de Bacalhau – salt cod fritters

Pastel de Nata – Portuguese custard tart

 

The Mobile Pizzeria

Reigate’s own Mobile Pizzeria, runners-up in the recent British Street Food Awards southern heats, will be stoking up their mobile Land Rover, ‘Scarlette’ in the Tunnel.

They will have on their menu:

Margherita – San Marzano tomato base and Mozzarella

Veg Out – Ricotta base with garlic oil, roasted peppers, field mushrooms and balsamic roasted tomatoes

Reigatian – Norbury blue cheese, pancetta & fresh figs

Lamb-a-geddon – A new lamb and mint pizza, with a distinctive Greek feel to it

 

Market Stores

The Market Stores will be basting their piri piri chciken as well as providing much needed beer with their fantastic Frontier beer pods to keep you refreshed.

 

And to keep everyone in the party spirit they’ll be Street Eat music vibes and live music from Suzi Lopez in the Tunnel.

COME WITH EMPTY BELLIES & STRETCHY PANTS TO ENSURE YOU CAN TRY ALL THE AMAZING FOOD.

BRING THE FAMILY, FRIENDS & NEIGHBOURHOOD TO REIGATE’S COOLEST EVENT

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Street Food is Coming to Tunnel Road, Reigate

It’s true people. Reigate are going to get a Street Food Event.

Reigate Street Eats is coming to Tunnel Road, Reigate. Date to be announced very soon. Keep your eyes peeled and your stomachs empty to fill up on the best that Street Food traders have to offer.

Follow on Twitter: @ReigateStEats

Like on Facebook: facebook.co/ReigateStreetEats

www.reigatestreeteats.co.uk

SoMa StrEat Food Park

SoMa StrEat Food Park

Whilst here it would have been wrong not to go and suss out SoMa StrEat Food Park in San Francisco.

On a sunny California day we drove to Milbrae from Foster City to take the BART into San Fran and got off at 16th St Mission. SoMa is resident in a car park next to an enormous Costco store and easy to find.

The site is actually quite small. Compact but well laid out with plenty of seating including a heated seating pavilion, rather nice on site toilets (this is always a good thing!), ATM machine, big screens for sport and WIFI. The WIFI is a great addition especially for folk like us who dare not use our data roaming for fear of a £1m mobile phone bill.

Lobster rollFirst stop to grab a beer from the on site bar and then to scour the traders on site for something to try. I honed in on Sam’s ChowderMobile from Half Moon Bay. It was a chowder fest day but already having had my fair share of chowder I opted for a ‘short’ lobster roll, you could also have a ‘long lobster roll’. When ordering I was asked, “anything else?” as if I wasn’t ordering very much. Having a visual scout around I could see why as most folk had a ginormous pile of food!

My lobster roll was delicious as most are, huge pieces of lobster in a light & fluffy brioche roll and it was accompanied by a lovely portion of coleslaw too.

 

20131130_130758The Baron chose to have a pulled pork bun with cheese, slaw, hot sauce and jalapenos from Adam’s Grub Truck billed as “a mobile food kitchen operating in the northern peninsula bay area serving an infusion of Chinese and American traditions into uniquely delicious sandwiches”. It was a good bun that held up to its juicy contents and by all accounts pretty tasty.

The place had a good vibe and great venue for a party too, up 1,000. The one thing I do feel though is that I think that UK Street Food traders appear to have more passion about the provenance of their food and their product. We seem to have a greater variety of types and choices, plus the UK traders seem to be more creative with their mobiles, conversions of vehicles.

That said the US food trucks are quite impressive and of course they have to endure driving the freeways in them which is no mean feat (driving like a local here means doing whatever you want in whichever lane you want and no vehicles appear to have any working indicators!)

We enjoyed SoMa and would go back as they appear to have quite a good rotation of traders, though our favoutite food truck so far has to go to Del Popolo who we saw at Off The Grid at The Presidio, a converted shipping container with a wood fired oven on the back of a flat bed truck.

If you’re around the bay area do take time out for a stop at this hip food truck stop.

 

 

Off The Grid @ The Presidio

Off The Grid organises weekly street food markets or truck stops in and around the Bay Area, San Francisco.

We had been in SF overnight and on our journey back we made a whistle stop to check it all out at the weekly Picnic @ the Presidio, though this was the last one at this site for this year.

We hadn’t long eaten so we had a mooch around checking out the traders and which ones we will follow and track down to try out over the next couple of months.

What a fantastic venue The Presidio is, even on a not so sunny day, the views you get of the bay are outstanding as you devour mouthwatering food. Plus right in the middle is a bar with bar stools where you can order pitchers of Bloody Mary’s, beers and other ‘hairs of the dog’ to cure those inevitable weekend hangovers.

We did find enough room though to have the delicious mushroom, caramalised onion, ‘English peas’ & curd cheese poutine from Fins on the Hoof

Poutine originates from Canada and is generally made with french fries or chips to us Brits and then smothered in a gravy (beef, chicken or veggie) and cheese curds. See, those from ‘up north’ have been way ahead of their game with their chips & gravy that us southerners would more often than not turn their noses up at.

There were about twenty traders, some serving from their trucks and some from purpose built stands. There was a huge variety of traders including Crème brûlée from The Crème brûlée Cart to po boys from The Whole Beast.

One very impressive truck that we spotted was the Del Popolo feeding a hungry crowd from their converted shipping container on the back of a flat bed truck. Two levels inside which included their woodfired oven.

Off the Grid are also behind some of the ‘pods’ in the area that are regular spots from 1-4 food trucks. We plan to mosey on down to Redwood City to check out the one there…we’ll even try the food for you!

Salt Beef - The Beef Kitchen

Trailer Trash on the Fulham Road? #StreetFood – @TheBeefKitchen

Salt Beef - The Beef KitchenWednesday, Thursday & Friday of this week, The Beef Kitchen is serving up a  5-course ‘Trailer Trash’ tasting menu.

Dipping ‘soldiers’, dirty, messy burgers and dunkin doughnuts are all on the menu as well as a few surprises thrown in for good measure…what’s not to like.

However, whilst diners are slurping and chomping their way though the menu, they are also helping ex-service personnel by supporting The Stoll Foundation.

The Beef Kitchen is a social enterprise set up by ex-Service Personnel for ex-Service Personnel. The project employs & trains Veterans in the catering industry to help facilitate their transition into working civilian life.

A few places are still available…click here, check it out, book it up and enjoy.

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About The Beef Kitchen

Beef Kitchen TrailerThe Beef Kitchen was founded in 2005 by Bob Barrett a former Life Guard in the British Army and resident at the Stoll Foundation.

It is a Not For Profit Social Enterprise established to provide vocational training and work experience for ex-Service Personnel. The project aims to help facilitate Veterans’ transitions into working civilian life.

The Beef Kitchen prepares and sells wonderful, quality, homemade British food from a mobile catering unit. It also caters for outside functions, events and is available for private hire. All the profits made by the venture are donated to the Stoll Foundation, a charity established in 1906 dedicated to providing housing and support for ex-Service Personnel and their families.

To date The Beef Kitchen has helped train and support 30 veterans and donated thousands of pounds to Stoll and other charitable organisations.

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It’s Not All About London – #StreetFood

The Troll's PantryThe Troll’s Pantry – Brighton

Want to know what’s in Stinky Breath? You might think you know but it’s not related to the morning after ten pints, 20 cigarettes and a dubious doner…The Troll will tell you.

Tucked away in the corner of a woodstore car park in Brighton is a Troll.

This isn’t any old Troll though. He’s not hiding waiting to pounce on you as you ‘trip trap’ across the car park. This Troll makes you drool and salivate. This Troll wants to make you eat a burger as you should with juices running off your fingers, down your arm and off your chin. This Troll uses ethically sourced produce and makes his own buns…yes, really.

Two years ago after working in dead end jobs in pubs and kitchens, the recession bit and the Troll found himself unemployed. Struggling to find a job, instead of crawling into a cave he set his mind to creating a business and year later after plenty of market research and the writing of his business plan, a kindly bank gave him some money and The Troll’s Pantry was born.

The Troll says that he just really loves working with quality food especially produce that is locally sourced and says that he has a little bit of a hidden agenda where he wants to try and encourage people to think more about where their food comes from which he tries to do through his Facebook page and Blog.

The original plan was make sausages but The Troll came to the conclusion that making burgers made more sense.

The Troll's PantryBeef being the most important part of a beefburger…who’d have thought it…The Troll’s Pantry longhorn beef steak is sourced from a conservation project at Knepp Castle in Steyning, West Sussex, where they are reared as a re-wilding project, roaming the 3,000 acre estate with as little human interference as possible. The quality of this beef shines through in the burger…makes a change to be able to actually ‘taste’ the beef.

The cheeses The Troll uses are St. Giles in the Imperial Burger and Ashdown Foresters Oak Smoked in the Smoky Mountain Burger, both from award-winning High Weald Dairy in Sussex and from Alsop & Walker, Sussex blue in the infamous ‘Stinky Breath’ sauce for ‘The Troll’s Stinky Breath Burger‘. By this stage, I am sure you’re thinking, why ‘Troll’ and ‘Stinky Breath’? Think World of Warcraft, I won’t say any more and give away ALL The Troll’s little secrets, you’ll have to go and ask him yourself, he may blush!

The highest quality of beef in your burger is essential to producing the best burger on the block but so is having a bun than can handle the meat…the sauce…the juices and these buns made by The Trolls own gnarled fingers  certainly do the job with aplomb. He doesn’t really have gnarled fingers, honest!

Smoky Mountain BurgerThe Troll’s Pantry really is worth a visit if you’re ever in his neighbourhood. I plumped for the Smoky Mountain Burger (Bourbon bacon jam, home made BBQ sauce, smoked foresters cheese, caramelised onions, smoked garlic mayo, salad) on my visit, as it was a little too early to brave The Troll’s Stinky Breath Burger and the Stinky Sauce ((Brighton Blue cheese, Sussex beer, anchovies, garlic) but I will be back for that I guarantee you.

True to form of a good burger, yes, as I ate, the juices oozed and dribbled and I submerged myself in beefy, smoky burger heaven.

The Troll’s Pantry isn’t the only food hero gracing the streets of Brighton, there is soon to be a weekly Street Food Market called Street Diner, launching on 26th April 2013 in Queen’s Road. Really looking forward to popping along, seeing The Troll and all the other fine Street Food traders of Sussex.

Imperial BurgerAre you dribbling yet? No? OK, here’s another burger porn pic to help you…

You can catch up on the whereabouts of The Troll’s Pantry via his Facebook page and on Twitter @thetrollspantry