Feast on the Street is coming to Norfolk Food and Drink Festival
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The street food revolution is coming to Norwich for the first Feast on the Street as part of the EDP Adnams Norfolk Food and Drink Festival. Emma Lee finds out more.
Across the country a culinary revolution has been happening.
No longer do you have to head out to a restaurant for some fine dining - some of the most inventive and exciting cooking is happening in tiny kitchens in vans and trailers, served up in the great outdoors.
The rise of street food will be celebrated at the first Feast on the Street on September 5 and 6 in Norwich.
If you've ever grumbled about the size of your kitchen, this event will show that you can cook up a storm with the most basic equipment.
The mouthwatering menu includes pulled pork, jumbalaya, duck wraps, grilled mackerel and pizza, and with 90pc of the ingredients sourced from East Anglia, it's a brilliant showcase for the fantastic ingredients produced in this part of the world.
Passionate foodie Tony Lacey, also known as Mr T, has teamed up with fellow street food enthusiasts Lisa Carnell of Hushwing Cafe and Alex Cooper of Nom Catering to organise the event, which will see around 20 traders pitch up outside the Forum.
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As Tony explains, his love of street food comes from his travels. A former TV producer, he's been all around the world making programmes.
'When you're travelling you want to eat where the locals eat to get the true flavour of wherever you happen to be in the world,' he says. 'And some of the best food I've eaten is street food. Everything is fresh and the menus change according to what's in season.'
He started his mobile food business, Mr T's Catering, two years ago and his menu has been particularly influenced by the time he spent in America - his speciality is pulled pork, a recipe he got and adapted from South Carolina.
He is one of only 200 street food traders to be featured and recommended by the British Street Food app.
'It runs from noon to 8pm each day and we're hoping that by doing that people will stay in the city and have something to eat and enjoy some entertainment after they finish work,' says Tony. 'We've been supported by the Norwich Business Improvement District which has been running an initiative to try and get people to stay in the city later by having street entertainment, and what we are doing feeds into that. If it's a success we're hoping to make it a regular event.'
<blob> The Feast on the Street is at the Forum, Norwich, on Thursday September 5 and Friday September 6 from noon to 8pm.