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Guerrilla Eats Food Stomps Down King St

Action on key Manchester street at last, now we need more

Published on May 16th 2013.

Guerrilla Eats Food Stomps Down King St

HERE'S a welcome press release from Cityco and BID. Our comment follows in the yellow box after the story. 

Guerrilla Eats, Manchester’s mobile street food festival, will host a one-day street food market on Saturday 25 May on King Street in Manchester city centre. 

Bringing Guerrilla Eats to the city centre means we can share our passion for high quality street food. 

In total ten stalls will be selling a variety of hot and cold food from 12 noon – 9pm including the Fire & Salt BBQ Co., Tea & Crumpet Emporium and Pancake Corner. There will be hotdogs from Dirty Dogs, gourmet burgers courtesy of Barnhouse Bistro, Chaat Cart selling Indian street food, wood fired pizzas from Streatza and  Chorlton’s  Free Shake Co. who will be selling innovative, dairy-free milkshakes. To wash the food down with, Guerrilla Eats will be offering a craft beer tent and there will be live music and entertainment throughout the day. 

All the local traders involved in Guerrilla Eats use high quality, mostly locally sourced produce, all prepared from scratch and cooked to order and at affordable prices.  

Simon Binns, BID manager for CityCo, Manchester’s city centre management company said: “This is the biggest Guerrilla Eats event so far and in the most high profile location. This initiative is supported by the city’s retailers as part of our on-going work to animate King Street, which is at the centre of the city’s shopping district.  By hosting events like this, we can make King Street an even more attractive and vibrant place to shop.” 

Sarah Tarmaster from Guerrilla Eats says: "Bringing Guerrilla Eats to the city centre means we can share our passion for high quality street food. We’re changing the idea of street food from sweaty kebabs to honest, vibrant, high quality, affordable food. This is our biggest event to date and the first time we’ve included live music so it's certainly going to be the best. We have nine local trader taking part plus a super special guest.  Guerilla Eats is about incubating the best new talent and making street food accessible to everyone, not just the 'foodies'.  Come greedy, leave full." 

To find out about Guerrilla Eats events go to www.guerrillaeats.co.uk.  Follow  Guerrilla Eats on Twitter @guerrilla_eats  with the hashtag for the event  #guerillatakeover or like the Facebook page.

Confidential comment

Guerrilla Eats is exactly the sort of initiative King Street and its faded glory needs. It needs animation, dynamism, life. It needs creative thought.

This event should be the start of something.

It should be the start of a change of direction for King Street into a modern flexible theatre for a range of activities including food and drink.

The only downside is the duration of Guerrilla Eats. One day is not enough. Why not Friday evening to Sunday? Very strange.

But let's be thankful for small mercies.

Ten years ago officials in the Town Hall and cobweb covered letting agents and landlords on King Street would never have contemplated a food market on King Street. 

It took a while for the Christmas markets to arrive here. This is a fresh idea taking place outside the festive season.

King Street needs more ideas, more innovative thought. In July Manchester International Festival arrives, what can we dream up to enliven King Street during that period?

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

Hungry HossMay 16th 2013.

Gutted... I'll be in Spain and will miss this one!

Sara GaughanMay 17th 2013.

Damn. That's Whit school holidays so I'm away as a lot of people may be. Shame. Looks fab.

Manc GuyMay 17th 2013.

This is a great location for G.E. although I do think their food isn't great VFM to be honest, considering what they're about. It would be ideal if they were there for some of the MIF '13 too. I've said it before that King Street would be the ideal location for restaurants. It's pedestrianised for one thing, the buildings are on the whole lovely and it's away from traffic. Rather then than smelly and noisy Deansgate any day. Fill it with restaurants I say.

3 Responses: Reply To This...
AnonymousMay 17th 2013.

Margins for small traders are much less than the big boys, these guys use quality produce at a very reasonable price

AnonymousMay 18th 2013.

They don't have the huge overheads many restaurants (who also use quality produce) do though. Swings and roundabouts.

AnonymousMay 18th 2013.

I'd rather pay 5/6 pounds for something that supports a small local trader than 15 pounds in a restaurant because they have a roof and more staff

MikeMay 17th 2013.

Have you seen the rents on King Street. Pretty much prices out all but monstrous ego project restaurants (Jamie's, Rosso etc), and they're at the "cheap" end

HelenMay 19th 2013.

Is this set to be on the part of King Street where the Christmas markets are hosted? It feels like a different city to 'upper' King St, where the likes of Jamie's meets Michells and Butler-central. I'd go every week for street food in the pedestrianised bit!

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