We had it so good in London this summer.
It’s been a huge year for street food and - together with Street Feast - we’re proud to have supported the revolution. We should be back in a few weeks time with a completely new way to enjoy street food.
In the meantime, let's take a look back on how far we’ve come. Here’s our highlights reel of 2013 - The Summer of Grub:
Street Feast #MerchantYard
For twelve great weekends between April and June we helped transform a former builders merchant in Haggerston into London’s capital of #vibes. #MerchantYard gave Ben Spalding a platform for his brilliant Stripped Back dinners and gave us our first taste of the #GinStore. Food. Friends. Memories. We miss it.
#TacoWars - WON BY LUARDOS
Way back in May, 10 brilliant taco chefs and restaurants took our taste buds on a round-the-world trip - with versions inspired by Korea, California, Vietnam, London and Mexico. Over 600 of you came down to eat, drink and sing along to the Mariachi melodies. Together we conquered 6,000 tacos and did our bit to rid the planet from the menace of limes.
Not featured is the eureka moment when JD and Nud from Breddos invented the #Chilliback. If you’ve still not tried one get down to Breddos’ Slider Bar residency now. Quote ‘Invincible’ before last orders on Friday 25 October and your first one’s free. It won’t be your last. #Dangerous.
Gizzi Erskine’s Barn Yard Party
In June Gizzi took over #MerchantYard for a festival of skiffle, punk and international ’cue. We had Korean barbecue from Neil Rankin, Yakitori from Disco Bistro, Catalan from the Salt Yard Group, lobster from James Lowe, Southern from Lucky Chip and Turkish at Stevie Parle’s Kebab Shop. Plus raucous sets from musicians Banjoey Ramone and Libertine Carl Barat. Still no deaths or arrests.
Friday Nights at Street Feast
Back to where it all began. Street Feast isn't just another street food market. It’s a taco-popping food rave. Here's another look at how we got down at #MerchantYard, plus a few behind the scenes shots of some of the hard working people who made it happen.
#Ginstock 2013 WON BY BOODLES
#Ginstock took place on 15 June this year - #WorldGinDay. 10 great British gins partnered with 10 brilliant bars to create 10 killer drinks for one awesome party. Survivors of the daytime session were invited to join us in the #GinStore for a Kiss Kiss Bang Bang casino-themed after party with Gizzi, Go-Go Girls The Meyer Dancers and even more cocktails from Boodles. Our memories may be hazy but who cares? We filmed it.
#Ribstock 2013 WON BY BBQWHISKYBEER
Ahh Ribstock. Our annual slow smoked symposium where we ask you to choose one rib to rule them all. This year's event was the biggest and best Tweat Up to date. If you like your meat smoked, rubbed (and occasionally chicken fried) then Ribstock is the festival for you. Sorry if you missed it.
750 barbecue lovers got through 7,500 ribs, 2,200 pints of Frontier craft lager and 1,300 pints of Rotary Margarita. #LovelyPeople. The #vibes were strong and it all got a bit much for this guy. We’d like to say a huge thank you to all of the guests, sponsors and competitors for helping us make London barbecue history.
#TruckStop rolled into E14 for four dates this summer, temporarily turning Canary Wharf into Britain's street food hub. Our culinary convoy parked up at the stunning waterside Wood Wharf site beside classic American muscle cars, a Taco Shack, a whole tanker of craft beer, two cocktail bars, a Keg Party and a Rotary Smoke Barbecue Pit. Truck Stop will return in the New Year.
*Yep, #vibes in Canary Wharf. And they said it couldn't be done.
#TruckStop promo (long):
#TruckStop promo (short):
On 27 August 2013 Mr Hyde announced the UK's first #NationalBurgerDay and we threw a huge Tweat Up to celebrate. Over 1,300 burger lovers descended on #DalstonYard for a beef-fuelled night of patties, booze, music and #vibes. Tickets sold out in 10 hours, making it one of the fastest selling Tweat Ups to date (nothing will ever beat #Ribstock 2012 – 600 tickets in 3.5 mins). We might have to make it #NationalBurgerWeek next year.
For one night only Camden Town Brewery curated a very special Street Feast at #DalstonYard. Brewery owner Jasper and beer writer Mark Dredge took a killer line-up of street food dishes and matched each of them with Camden's finest craft beers. We had pork belly steamed buns with USA Hells, lobster rolls with Unfiltered Hells, cheeseburgers with Pale Ale and loads more. Plus there was #BobbingForBeer (no brainer), a special boilermaker menu and a four hour set from one of our favourite DJs Michael Cook. One of the best Friday nights out you could have had. Imagine if it went on till 4am...
Making shit happen and bringing the vibes.
So far no deaths or arrests.