September 19 2014 Latest news:
Friday, September 5, 2014
It’s been a year since Feast on the Street held its first street food festival in Norwich and in the following 12 months the city has embraced al fresco dining greedily.
Feast on the Street – the brainchild of three Norwich traders, Tony Lacey of Mr T’s Catering, Alex Cooper of Nom Catering and Lisa Carnell of Hushwing Café – is bringing on-the-go grub to the masses as part of the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival and there will be a presence from the catering crew until Saturday evening, with the full contingent serving food all day today.
From waffles on sticks to pulled pork, locally-blended ice-cream to grilled cheese sandwiches, bison burgers to venison, Mexican street treats to gluten-free cakes, there’s a flavour to suit every palate.
“It’s been an amazing year for us at Feast in the Street,” said Tony, whose stall will be outside the Forum until tomorrow evening serving pulled pork, pulled lamb, venison burgers and Mr T’s Cowboy Burger made from bison.
“We’re now outside the Forum on the last Thursday of every month and we’ve built up quite an army of regular customers. In the bad old days, street food meant a grotty burger or some soggy chips, but you only have to look around to see what we have on offer – this is proper food, cooked by experts.”
1) Norfolk Onion Soupwich, from Nom Catering: “It’s French onion soup…in a grilled cheese sandwich,” explained Alex Cooper. Onions are caramelised for three hours in cider vinegar, reduced to a sauce with balsamic syrup and molasses and then added to a grilled cheese sandwich with grilled onions. Delicious.
2) The Margherita, The Proper Pizza Company: “It’s our best-seller by a country mile,” said James Hammond, who explained that the company had experienced a huge increase in the number of local weddings it was catering for, “I’ve also been working on a sweet pizza – sweet dough, blackberry jam, apple slices, walnuts and almonds and figs. It’s at an early stage of production…” (But it’s fantastic – we tried one).
3) Marshmallow and peanut butter crunch brownie, Cupcake and Co: “People can’t resist it,” said owner Anne Falgate, “the one I find hardest to resist myself is the tiffin. I try to be good…”
4) The Intergalactic Boom, The Waffle Works: A waffle covered in chocolate sauce, marshmallows and popping candy. “We told a little boy that before he had one he needed to run into the middle of a field and shout ‘BOOM’ as loudly as possible,” said owner Andrew McGovern, “he did! We gave him a discount…”
5) Pulled pork slider, Mr T’s Catering: “It takes nine hours to make my pulled pork,” said Tony, admitting that he still can’t resist his own wares, “people come for miles for it. I think it’s addictive.”
Alex from Nom Catering, which makes American-style grilled sandwiches, used to live in New York and grew to love choosing his meals from the eclectic collection of colourful trailers, trucks, vans and gazebos that dotted the city’s streets.
“We’ve had an absolutely amazing year – I think people used to think about street food as being a burger from a van or maybe a pizza but we find that once the bravest member of a party comes and has a sandwich, that’s it, everyone comes!” he said.
Anne Falgate from Cupcake and Co has owned her beautiful van for a month – previously she had been trading from a gazebo. Anne has always been a keen baker and has a huge selection of cakes on her stand, including gluten-free options.
“We’re used to having the thin end of the wedge because we can’t eat gluten,” said one fan, “but this is amazing – we have eight choices and they are all so delicious. ”
Other stalls at Feast on the Street include Tatty Bojangles, Crumpet and Trumpet, Bullitt Guerilla Dining and The Norfolk Duck Truck and making its first appearance at Feast in the Street was The Feed, which produces African, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food while simultaneously providing training and work experience for vulnerable people.
“It’s a really great mix of traders,” said Tony, “there really is something for everyone.”
For more information about the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival, visit www.nfdf.co.uk and www.edp24.co.uk/norfolk-food-and-drink-festival-2014