A quiet revolution has been going on on the streets of Yorkshire: a street food revolution.
And we’re not talking greasy burgers from trailers spewing out smoke. These chefs are putting together fresh, tasty, homemade, authentic dishes. Just about every cuisine is catered for: fish and chips, Asian, Moroccan, Spanish, Italian, ice cream or tea and cake.
Recently some of the most passionate and innovative street food traders got together in Leeds and set up Northern StrEats.
All this got me to thinking, what a great way to serve food at your wedding or indeed any outdoor event.
It helps your guests mingle, creates a more informal atmosphere, compliments outdoor games well ~ and could be an awful lot cheaper than a four-course wedding breakfast.
Of course the caveat to all this is that, given the great British weather, you might have to take precautions and create a covered area just in case.
Here’s just a taster of what’s available in Yorkshire if you want to serve your food and drink outdoors.
Lullabelle is a gorgeous candy pink VW camper, who is 52 years young. She serves delicious tea and cakes on vintage crockery.
Fish and chips
… but not as you know it. Fish& is a pop up takeaway and something of a Leeds legend. Think minted peas, batter flavoured with lemon, lime and chilli and wedges rubbed with massala spice.
Pizza Pod pizzas are made fresh as guests watch and only take three minutes to cook in the wood fired oven.
Perhaps not the choice for a room full of vegetarians but there’s no denying that to carnivores warm pork is a mighty satisfying meal. Try The Hog and Apple, Ribble Valley Hog Roast or Hog Roast Yorkshire.
Eleanor from Piggy’s Picnics says: “We are convinced that in these times of austerity, people are turning to new ways of entertaining themselves, family and friends or looking back to British traditions for economical solutions. We want to breathe new life into an old pastime and bring the British insititution of the picnic back into fashion.” Piggy’s pack up local produce into an old fashioned picnic which is delivered to your door.
…DIY or talk nicely to your venue!
Ice Cream Dub is made up of two sisters and their mum who serve luxury ice cream from a VW split screen camper van and a classic pashley trike.
The delightfully-named Mr Frothy is a mobile bar in a 1973 former ice cream van. Stocks good beers, spirits, wines and soft drinks.