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NEW: London Food Party Hits Deansgate On Saturday

Urban Food Fest will launch on the Euro Car Park opposite the Hilton

Written by . Published on February 25th 2015.


NEW: London Food Party Hits Deansgate On Saturday
 

THEY say no idea is an original idea, or something like that.

The organisers will be bringing their own trucks and stalls, including converted horse-boxes, 60s French Citreon H vans, caravans, pick-up trucks, Italian Piaggios, Thai tuk tuks and US ambulances to Manchester.

So the 'street food' trend marches on into 2015 showing no signs of slowing with another Manchester 'food party' to add to the fray - Urban Food Fest hits Deansgate on Saturday 28 February.

The event has wound its way to Manchester from London where, of course, the UK first saw the likes of these 'urban', 'street', 'filthy', 'dirty' food parties (starting to sound like a Guardian hip-hop review, isn't it?) - having lifted the idea from the NYC's food truck scene of the early '10s. 

As far as street food events go (and lord knows Manchester has seen its fair share), the Urban Food Fest comes highly recommended via MTV, The Evening Standard and The Daily Telegraph, all of whom loved it.

Manchester will be their first operation outside of London. Becoming a trend that...

Euro Car Park, DeansgateEuro Car Park, Deansgate

The event - launched in Shoreditch (where else?) in 2013 - will be held on Deansgate's Euro Car Park (opposite the Deansgate pub) and will take place every Saturday night between 5pm and midnight until October - entry is free.

Urban Food Fest will feature fifteen different street food trucks and stalls serving 'gourmet global street food dishes', a premium bar and cocktail bar, seating and live music.

The organisers will be bringing their own trucks and stalls, including converted horse-boxes, 60s French Citreon H vans, caravans, pick-up trucks, Italian Piaggios, Thai tuk-tuks and US ambulances to Manchester with staff sourced locally.

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A spokesperson for Urban Food Fest told Confidential that they will be working with Manchester-based street vendors - though names won't be revealed until the first event.

We're told the food on offer will include: British pork sliders, Venezuelan grilled chicken & black bean arepas, Italian ham and basil wood fired pizza, Mexican BBQ beef & hot sauce burritos, Middle Eastern falafel wraps, Spanish chorizo & chicken paella, chipotle chilli venison & slaw, tofu hot dogs with jalapeños & melted red cheese, Peruvian choripán with chimichurri and Greek lamb souvlaki with halloumi & charred red pepper.

Fair bit to go off there.

Ok, we may have seen it all before with Guerrilla Eats and Friday Food Fight, but one more won't hurt.

Urban Food Fest will take place at Euro Car Park, Deansgate (opposite The Deansgate pub) every Saturday from 28 February until October.

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39 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2015.

I went to the Shoreditch one in the summer and it was really good. I still think about the tacos I had there - best I've had outside of Mexico. I get the impression they own and run all the stalls which is why they won't be working with local vendors.

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AnonymousJanuary 14th 2015.

They run all the stalls?

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2015.

London prices too?

Alice DugganFebruary 26th 2015.

Street food is very cheap, between £1 and £7. Entry is free. What more could you want!

DarrenFebruary 26th 2015.

This is what I want Alice..... www.keystonemcr.com/… Where else can you eat Polish pierogi, Taiwanese bao, Indian dosa, Algerian patisserie, Colombian empanadas whilst drinking real ale and craft beer? There will be live music, art, comedy, film screenings. And it's in the Green Quarter an area of the city that is often overlooked. This has to happen!!!

AnonymousJanuary 14th 2015.

That car park looks very small.

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Alice DugganFebruary 26th 2015.

It's big!

Alice DugganFebruary 26th 2015.

Plus 30 seconds walk from Deansgate station!

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

Its not a big car park, I used to live in the flats behind it. Interesting location though

Richard KiddJanuary 15th 2015.

Bloody hell. Reckon we are reaching peak street food levels now. Surely there's only a limited market for this, plus the gut glut of burger joints planned for the city in 2015?? It will be interesting to see how this will compete with established local operators; is it really going to work or did it just look good on paper as an expansion plan from London? Only time will tell.

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SAZKFebruary 28th 2015.

Think mancon need to introduce the acronym YASFM - 'Yet Another Street Food Market'. I'm struggling to see why this one is any different from the others. The idea is totally overdone, can't anyone come up with something a bit more original???

Paul SoanesJanuary 20th 2015.

Does anybody know if there will be any stalls selling craft beers or will there be any local brewers setting up stall?

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AnonymousFebruary 25th 2015.

No. Watney's Red Barrel served by Chas & Dave, the original NQ beardies.

Alice DugganFebruary 26th 2015.

Yes there will be a selection of craft beers from Manchester as well as other Northern breweries. Along with a full bar and incredible Fever Tree cocktail bar

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

@Alice You seem to know 'lots' about it. Well promoted there.

AnonymousMarch 6th 2015.

Someone asked, Alice answered. Can't see an issue...

Steve SaundersFebruary 24th 2015.

I've been to Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch and the vibe was amazing. I'm really looking forward to them opening in Manchester this weekend. Different food trucks each weekend and some great local craft beers - I can't wait to go!

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2015.

good god

Alice DugganFebruary 26th 2015.

Event sounds really fun. Heard there is live music too. A really cool idea and their facebook page is great too.

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AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

Where did you hear that?

DarrenFebruary 26th 2015.

Is there any chance you could do an article on this festival? www.keystonemcr.com/… Put a paragraph about it on the next addition of Sleuth? I remember reading an article on here about a crowd funding campaign for water taxis that raised about £8.50, this should be 70% funded by the end of the day. This is all about local independent business and helping people start their new business, which in my mind is better than copying everything London does.

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David BlakeFebruary 26th 2015.

What's your email address Darren?

DarrenFebruary 26th 2015.

I'm not sure I want to put my email address on here for everyone to see! I can contact you if you give me your email?

AnonymousMarch 6th 2015.

Got over funded didn't it! Nevermind haha

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

This sounds good in theory but practically? A car park on main thoroughfare in Manchester on a saturday night? What an awful environment. surely somewhere less noisy and ideally pedestrianised with space to sit, eat relax would have been better? Castlefield Arena? Even Spinningfiejds, but a car park at one of busiest and noisiest traffic junctions in city? No thanks

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AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

That was my initial thought. So many better places than this.

Kevin PeelFebruary 26th 2015.

Broadly supportive of this but can the organisers please remember that there are residents living *very* close to this site and councillors have politely asked that noise is monitored in the later hours and customers are dispersed quickly and quietly in the other direction.

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SquirrelitoFebruary 26th 2015.

why haven't the council's licensing department sorted this in advance?

JoanFebruary 26th 2015.

Not that simple unfortunately. The event is operating initially on 'temporary' licences. I've met the entrepreneur behind this and she's very positive it can work. The proof will be in the pudding.

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

Oh we mustn't disturb the Castlefield residents....

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

Is she called Alice?!

SquirrelitoFebruary 26th 2015.

Thanks Joan. Although why can't temporary licences be issued with time and noise / good neighbour conditions?

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

London doesn't suffer from this "we must pander to local residents at any cost" nonsense that MCC seems obsessed with. We need more events like this and less MIMBY curtain-twitching heads of "residents committees" vetoing events

AnonymousFebruary 26th 2015.

I hope there's no noise and not too many people, I moved to the city centre for peace and quiet, if I wanted anything to happen I'd have moved to London.

JoanFebruary 27th 2015.

Squirrelito: they can and are, but the process is narrower than for permanent licences so there isn't the same opportunity for a wider discussion. As for the anons: I've yet to meet a city centre resident who expects quiet and no residents' committee has or has sought to veto events. Let's not prejudge.

AnonymousMarch 6th 2015.

Anon 1 and Anon 3 - what's your beef with CF residents? You really should come and meet the Forum... you seem overy disturbed with what goes on in Castlefield. Perhaps you should come along and see what we really do... we love this kind of event, so long as the organisers don't take the piss. As for comparing with London - Mcr is a different place. Remember: we do things differently here... ;)

Jonathan Schofield - editorFebruary 26th 2015.

Remember we're having a week in which we delete any 'thick' negative rants by people who can't argue a case for their negativity. Otherwise we look and sound like any of those comment pages from local papers who think local democracy means letting fools have their say. The beautiful sarcasm in the last Anon comment is good. We need to maybe re-write our rant parameters because the more of that sort of comment the better.

Helen BMarch 6th 2015.

The Fest is hugely popular in London with absolutely delicious street food dishes and a lot of choice. Its cool to see its coming to us in Manchester!

Helen BMarch 6th 2015.

Plus its great to see an outdoor event with lots of trendy street food trucks - I love being outdoors wherever possible - fresh air beats an airless indoor space any day for me!!

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