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Up In Your Grill Launches In NQ

B.Eat Street’s latest food bash kicks off at a blazing Brownsfield Mill

Written by . Published on June 21st 2014.

Up In Your Grill Launches In NQ

TIME WAS, that a street feast involved a kebab swimming in a brine puddle of despair after one too many shandies.

"It's been a fairly long five to six days to get the place ready in time. We were perhaps a little ambitious with our plans in the time that we had, but we managed to drag it over the finish line somehow."

Now street food has turned festival; exotic and imaginative grub in polystyrene trays washed down with obscure craft beers and voguish cocktails in abandoned rough-and-ready industrial units sound tracked by some of the city’s hippest DJs.

Restaurants don't cut it anymore, neither does the pub, this greedy new tribe - the militia of this indie street food movement - want it all and they want it in one place; food, booze, beats and larks. If not in the blazing sun than at least under a rusty, dripping roof. Brick and dust.

Manchester's food slam darlings, B.Eat Street, are leading the charge.

Having knocked Castlefield about with the hugely popular Friday Food Fights (which drew upwards of 20k people in twelve weeks) in the wonderfully cavernous Upper Campfield Market Hall, the boys from B.Eat Street launched their latest 'turbo charged food event', Up In Your Grill, in Northern Quarter's Brownsfield Mill on Friday 20 June.

A street food tray (£7) with jerk chicken from LoveFromTheStreets was a winnerA street food tray (£7) with jerk chicken from LoveFromTheStreets was a winner

Up In Your Grill will see ten weekends of Northern Quarter summer block parties until mid-August, with a spacious exterior sun terrace hosting five alternating 'street food heroes' and DJs perched high above the crowds in an Anderson-shelter-cum-guard-tower.

Should the days and nights turn gloomy, inside the lengthy bar sits cocooned in the belly of Brownfield, a shabby, crumbling yet warm space with a mess hall filled with long tables and benches for hundreds of bottoms (each event is licenced for 499 people), and an auxiliary DJ area should the party need to escape inside.

Co-founder of B.Eat Street and Up In your Grill organiser, Chris Legh, told Confidential after the event: "Last night was a lot of fun. It was great to get open.

"It's been a fairly long five to six days to get the place ready in time. We were perhaps a little ambitious with our plans in the time that we had, but we managed to drag it over the finish line somehow. The team have been amazing.

"It's fantastic to create something that allows people to enjoy Brownsfield Mill, it's such an amazing space that's sat empty for so long.

"The food guys really delivered, we were packed out from opening the doors. We're really pleased with the opening event and can't wait for all the plans we have over the weeks to come. As ever, we'll have a few surprises in store."

Up In Your Grill: out on the terraceUp In Your Grill: out on the terrace

Franco Sotgiu, owner of Northern Quarter restaurant Solita and B.Eat Street confidant, said: "A fantastic night overall. We had a few issues with sound and water but that's inevitable for debut events of this type.

"The venue's been really well received, with the sun out the terrace was full with people from 5.30 until late, a perfect opening night crowd."

(By the way, built in 1825, Brownfield Mill is a Grade II-listed former aviation factory for A.V.Roe & Company (Avro). Sir Edwin Alliot Verdon-Roe set up the plant with his brother Humphrey in 1910, there they produced some of the earliest British aircraft including triplanes, biplanes and monoplanes, making Brownsfield perhaps the oldest aircraft factory in the UK - save that one for the party).

Anyway, less of the guff, here's how it looked:









Franco tests the strength of the ladder













BBQ Boss Andy Annat and another bald man








Up In Your Grill, Brownsfield Mill, Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, M1 2FJ

Open Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat 2pm-midnight (until Sat 23 Aug)

Free before 7pm, £3 after.

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

David FoxJune 21st 2014.

Good luck people. It was a great vibe. D

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M-Dog ManchesterJune 22nd 2014.

Hear hear!

AnonymousJune 22nd 2014.

...and not a hair net in site. Nice to see at least someone uses food prep gloves.

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AnonymousJune 22nd 2014.

I hate food prep gloves. Gives a false feeling of cleanliness. When your bare hands touch something that make you feel they need a wash (eg money), you wash em; with gloves, people touch all sorts (face, money etc) but subconsciously think they have clean hands, just because they've got the gloves on.

Daniel CoultasJune 22nd 2014.

This was and will continue to be brilliant for MCR for the next 9 weeks, if only it were possible for this kind of creativity to exist year round, either the organisers don't have the long term ambition or the council are way too obstructive, something which the kind of city such as Berlin thrives off. Something tells me it's more like the latter considering their ludicrous attitudes to food street traders that aren't enclosed in an ugly red box on market street or their weekly 'artisan market' on piccadilly gardens which misses the spontaneity and fun of most independent food innovators completely.

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M-Dog ManchesterJune 22nd 2014.

They just finished #fridayfoodfight... That was every Friday night for 12 weeks... #upinyourgrill is running Friday evening and Saturday day and night for 10 weeks... And I'm sure there's more to come... Different locations. Different vibes. Great great food. Loved it. You been to any yet?

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

what a load of rubbish this event happening must surely prove the council are not the obstruction some people think they are.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

Daniel - would love some facts to back up your claim that "the council are way too obstructive"? And no, I don't work for them.

JoanJune 22nd 2014.

I think the reason these events are only temporary is because the organisers believe that this type of offer thrives in part precisely because of its short-term nature. I.E. They believe that the fact it's only going to be around for x weeks helps to pull in potential customers. I'm not aware of any permission requests submitted to MCC for a similar yet permanent venture.

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M-Dog ManchesterJune 22nd 2014.

On the nail Joan... Keeping it fresh. Mixing it up.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

You people and your hep cat with it talk.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

Food was absolutely top notch, however £4.80 for a pint of lager? Not all of us have a monthly allowance from a rich father in Gerrards Cross.

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AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

You obviously don't 'get' the NQ because the ONLY way to drink a £4.80 pint of lager is out of a flimsy plastic cup. It's street and it's dirty and we just love to keep it fresh and it mix it up in the NQ.

AnonymousJune 25th 2014.

SInce when did YOU 'get' the NQ? 2002? 2003? 2004? Probably not, probably since the beard and bicycle culture came about 2 years ago. Eagles are on in town tonight, they've got a song for your lot.

AnonymousJune 23rd 2014.

Hope they reuse the plastic food trays? Looks like it could be a fun place though but not at those beer prices.

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Swiss JamesJune 24th 2014.

Oh just fucking do one will you? Miserable sod.

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AnonymousJune 25th 2014.

That's a bit rude!

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