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Today it was time for Leeds’ first ever festival celebrating street food and artists. The festival, held within the grounds an old church on Cardigan Road, sold street food from well-known traders such as Manjit’s Kitchen and The Ribman. Street art came in the form of prints, etchings and zines; jewellery and bric a brac was also on sale inside the church amongst sounds of live performers and buskers.
Throughout the afternoon different workshops were available so guests could try a new skill. Guests were able to partake in making their own prints, and a graffiti wall was open to anyone who wanted to test out their artistic abilities. For me, it was straight to the food; after all, I did come with an empty belly! Amongst the varied sights and mouthwatering smells was El Kantina, a mexican and Southern street food catering company. For me, it was a hard decision between El Kantina and Manjit’s Kitchen, but the comfort mexican food was too tempting to resist!
I went for the ‘MAN VS FOOD GIANT BREAD POT’ which consisted of a giant sour dough bread pot filled with Spiced Pulled Pork topped with cheese and pickles and served with fresh lettuce, slaw and tortilla chips. – it was one hell of a lunch!
My friend chose a wrap from Manjit’s Kitchen. It was filled with spicy Indian goodness – delish! Packed with herbs, spices and fresh ingredients, what’s not to love?
The folks at Sheffield born Chinampas were definitely on to a winner of an idea. They sell their Mexican flavoured drinks out of a clear bag with a straw through the top. A simple, cost-effective and original idea that people were going mad for! I had the ‘Flor de Jamaica,’ which was made with Hibiscus flowers.
Vw Lulabelle sold vintage style cakes and pots of tea out of her Vw. I went for a slice of banana & passionfruit – the icing was so creamy!
Zines and street art from local artists were being sold inside the church for very reasonable prices. I found a print I really liked, but when I turned around to get my money out it had been sold to someone else!
You can check out the full run down of food traders below. Look out for them on your travels and give them a go if you fancy trying something different that’s guaranteed to be delicious!
The Ribman – Best Ribs in London
Greedy Bassets Kitchen – Yorkshire’s finest street food
Gingers Comfort Emporium – Winner best of the Best British Street food Awards 2012
The Pizza Pod – Wood, fire, flour, pizza – from the streets of Leeds
El Kantina – Pulled pork, sliders, slaw
Barnhouse Bistro – Proper burgers from t’other side of the Pennines
Manjit’s Kitchen – Indian, vegetarian street food
The Courtyard Dairy – Specialist cheese refiner & purveyor from Settle
Las Paelleras – Big pans – big flavours
Margo & Rita – Mexican street food
Diamond Dogs – Hotdogs! Get your hotdogs!
Fish & – Leeds’ finest fish and chips with a twist man
Chinampas – Agua Frescas – Horchata de Coco – Mexican Drinks