Monday, 15 April 2013

Kings hEATh Streetfood Event

A few months ago, I wrote a piece for Cook Vegetarian magazine predicting that in 2013 interest in streetfood will rise in the UK and true to my word(s), the trend has taken off all round the country.  And following suit, here in Birmingham, this weekend saw the launch of the city's newest food event - Kings hEATh Streetfood Market.

Crowds at Kings hEATh Streetfood Market

Set in the Village Square in the heart of south Birmingham's Kings Heath district, it's Birmingham's first ever authentic streetfood market bringing together 15 of the country's hottest streetfood traders and entertainment.

Margo & Rita's Mexican Food Van

Streetfood is about real, honest food. All cooked to order with flair and theatre right in front of you, from quality local produce and served up from vintage vans and unique popup stands.

Drumming Entertainment

The April showers on Saturday didn't dampen the spirits of the market's ambience, the square packed to the brim with hungry visitors choosing from the wide range of fayre whilst enjoying the vibrant atmosphere and entertainment provided by stilt walkers, guitarists and drumming bands.  

Flic & Barny from The Jabberwocky

Amongst the vegetarian offerings were gourmet toasties from The Jabbawocky, Moroccan inspired falafels, dosas, curries, Mexican fodder from Margo & Rita's, pizzas from Fundi, Middle Eastern salad boxes from The Deli at Edgbaston and waffles from The Bournville Waffle Company to name a few.  Those of a carnivorous nature were not disappointed either.

Middle Eastern salads from The Deli at Edgbaston

Most of the dishes fell in to the £3-£5 bracket, making it an affordable way to eat whilst on the go. Covered dining areas were available so everyone could chill out and enjoy their food in comfort during the inclement showers. And for those that fancied a tipple with lunch, they could buy reasonably priced wine or beer from the drinks tent.

The Fabulous Team from The Bournville Waffle Company

The ethos of streetfood combines convenience, fast turnaround with paramount emphasis on quality and value. It also provides people with the chance to try different foods that they may not normally have the opportunity to taste.

Kings hEATh Streetfood Market's creator Duncan Stanley, Director of Moseley based  Brum Yum Yum who promote/represent independent streetfood producers, stated:
“I have a creative vision of what makes a really great streetfood market. A complete experience; a ‘streetfood show’ with quality food, drink and entertainment combined to create a special and unique vibe."  Duncan continued: 

“People want to eat food that is sourced and produced with care and sold at an honest price. Streetfood ticks all the right boxes, so the initial response to our vision for the food events has been overwhelming. Our online following just keeps on growing and the BBC Good Food producers are in talks with us about featuring streetfood at their shows."

Fundi Pizza
Going forward, Kings hEATh Streetfood Market will be held on the second Saturday of each month from 12pm to 6pm in the Village Square, by All Saints Church, off the High Street (B14 7RA).

Kings hEATh is a fabulous way of experiencing the streetfood phenomenon on your doorstep, the perfect place to have a pitstop whilst shopping with great food and entertainment for all the family. I can't recommend it enough!

Pop the next date in your diary, (I have), and remember to turn up with an empty stomach!


Here are some links to other articles I've written about Kings Heath and/or streetfood.  Enjoy!

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