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Apr 23, 2014
Tim Lester

Street food evolves

Kim Hee-sook and her husband came up with a recipe for a crispy sweet pancake, a variation of hotteok, a traditional Korean pancake stuffed with sugar, 18 years ago. They set up a food stall on a street in Insa-dong. Their hotteok made with corn starch and glutinous rice became an instant hit. It is now one of the must-taste street snacks in the popular tourist spot.

“Others started imitating us,” she said, constantly flipping the round, flat hotteok. Her hotteok is filled with a mix of up to 13 ingredients including sugar, black sesame and peanuts.

The Insa-dong street lined with antique shops and art galleries offers a glimpse into the evolution of Korean street food. Its reputation as a place of tradition and culture is partly owing to the diverse street snacks sold there. On weekends, visitors queue up to buy not only hotteok, but also tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), sundae (Korean blood sausage) and small walnut cakes

Recently, new items have been added. One of them is cane ice cream ― ice cream in cane-shaped puffed corn. Initially created by a ttakji (round comic card) gallery in August 2012, it has become a great success. Now most visitors to the gallery seem to be drawn more to the ice cream than the rare ttakjis. Visitors can enter the gallery for 3,000 won ($2.90), view a collection of old comic cards and get cane ice cream before exiting.

A ttakji (round comic card) gallery in Insa-dong, Seoul, hangs ice cream in cane-shaped corn puffs from its eaves. ( Lee Woo-youngThe Korea Herald)

A ttakji (round comic card) gallery in Insa-dong, Seoul, hangs ice cream in cane-shaped corn puffs from its eaves. ( Lee Woo-youngThe Korea Herald)

“People find it interesting because of its shape,” said Kim Sung-kyu, manager of Jun Factory, which runs the comic card gallery and a separate ice cream shop a few blocks away. The ice cream draws more than 1,000 foreigners as well as a large number of Koreans every day.

In Myeong-dong, the street snacks appear to be more creative and influenced by foreign foods. Skewered swirl-cut potato has become popular. A potato is cut in the form of a swirl, then skewered on a wood stick and deep-fried. It is served with cheese powder. Hotdogs covered in french fries are prompting curiosity for combining two popular American snacks.

Fruit sticks and fried chicken on skewers are similar to snacks enjoyed in Southeast Asian countries.

Facing competition from brand-new snacks influenced by foreign foods, traditional snacks sold on the streets for decades are being diversified. One of them is bungeoppang, fish-shaped waffles stuffed with sweet red bean paste. Bungeoppang have taken different shapes, and some vendors stuff them with different ingredients.

Bungeoppang is known to have originated from the Japanese fish-shaped pancake taiyaki. According to “Bungeoppang Has a Family Tree,” written by Yoon Deok-no, bungeoppang is “a mix of waffles from the West and dumplings from the East.” It began with waffles modified by the Japanese after they were introduced to Japan in the 18th century. The book, published in 2011, traces the roots of more than 48 kinds of popular Korean street foods, including tteokbokki, sundae, hotteok and gimbap.

The greasy hotteok originated in the 1800s, when Korea opened its doors to foreign countries. The Chinese introduced the sweet pancake, which is evolved from oven-baked flatbread in Central Asia.

By Lee Woo-young | The Korea Herald

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Apr 23, 2014
Tim Lester

Founder of Parker Street Food Bank steps down as executive director


HALIFAX – Local philanthropist Mel Boutilier has resigned from his volunteer position as executive director at Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank.

Boutilier, who stepped down Wednesday, said he resigned because of changes to the policies and operations of the organization made by its board of directors.

“I’m a compassionate person,” he said. “If anybody needs help when we’re not open, I’m going to find a way to get help for them. That’s always been my style. And they’ve made some policies that have made it a little difficult to do that.”

Boutilier received hip replacement surgery last August and said while he was recuperating, he was surprised to learn the board had hired a new operations manager.

“I was used to being hands on, working with the staff, doing different projects and now I am told that I’m not allowed to talk to them to have them do anything,” he said.

“I’m the director with no authority.”

Representatives from the Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank were unavailable for comment.

Boutilier founded the organization in 1983 and has been working there as a volunteer for the past 31 years.

It provides food to approximately 250 families throughout Halifax and helps families in need with their power and heating bills.

Boutilier said despite the news, he won’t be giving up on volunteering.

“I’ve been talking to some business people about some concerns for young people in the inner city and the north end of the city,” he said.

“I’m certainly going to be involved in something.”



This article is not written or edited by Global News. The author is solely responsible for the content. © Rebecca Joseph, 2014

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Apr 22, 2014
Tim Lester

Kevin Naderi reveals Lillo & Ella plans

A 3-gallon can of white paint had spilled across the newly finished floor of Lillo Ella, Roost chef-owner Kevin Naderi’s new restaurant in Shady Acres. On Good Friday morning, Naderi and two helpers — the soon-to-open restaurant’s bar manager, Aaron Lara, and its general manager, Chris Fleischman — were cracking jokes and mopping up the mess.

Strong sunlight poured through the dining room’s front doors, newly painted tangerine as part of the building’s transformation from El Gran Malo, the previous tenant. Naderi bought the corner property last year with the idea of starting the kind of casual Asian restaurant he’d always wanted to try: a place with a street-food slant, shareable plates and a short list of robata-style skewers.

Not to mention a full bar, for which he secured the services of the talented Lara, who helped launch the cocktail program at Provisions and has worked most recently at downtown’s Bad News Bar.

The look as Naderi and his crew race to make a projected opening date in the first week of May is lighter and brighter than the famously dim, mysterious Gran Malo. There is whitewash on the dining room walls, and color-block accents in highly saturated shades of turquoise, tangerine and deep lilac.

“I wanted colors that would have kind of a street-cart feel,” says Naderi, while conceding that the blue-and-orange shades ended up looking like La Fisheria.

On Friday the trio was staging possible table configurations in the dining room.  They pulled the familiar-looking dark-wood tables (they were bought from the late great Feast restaurant when it closed) from a tight stack that filled most of the small kitchen, moving them here and there on the floor, pausing to consider flow, moving them again.

They unpacked crates of the metal Tolix chair knockoffs so popular these days. (You’ve seen them everywhere in rustic/industrial interiors, from Fielding’s in the Woodlands to Good Dog Houston’s counter and beyond). They ripped open packages of chair cushions while in the front patio, Daniel Meadors — half of the ReCoop Designs metal and wood shop right across the street — welded parts on a long kitchen sink.

These are the hundreds of unglamorous details that go into readying a restaurant for public consumption when you’re doing the work on a relative shoestring —  much of it by yourself, your friends and associates. Naderi’s much-loved Montrose neighborhood restaurant, Roost, was put together on just such a wing and a prayer, and its improbable basement rec-room vibe is a significant part of its charm.

The trick for Naderi and company will be to knit together a similarly congenial feel in this new space, and to fit the place and the menu to the neighborhood, which falls between two booming areas, the Heights and Garden Oaks. Haven chef Randy Evans, who once employed Naderi as his sous chef, lives nearby and popped in to kibitz and to semi-kid Naderi about needing to stock “four high chairs” out of deference to the neighborhood.

Lillo and Ella will seat 65 in the dining room, 20 in the bar, and another 60 to 65 on the patio, for a total of around 150. And yes, there is a big dedicated parking lot right next door, the purchase price of which ate up a good chunk of Naderi’s circa-$100,000 budget for the restaurant.

Naderi, who has never done lunch at Roost, was now putting the final touches on Lillo Ella’s lunch menu. He’d noticed the booming lunch traffic at nearby Tony’s Mexican restaurant, Cavatore and Rainbow Lodge, and he figured lunch made a lot of sense here. A handful of steamed-bun (bao) combination plates, a crispy calamari salad, a salad of curried cauliflower and broccoli. Thai noodles with ground pork and chiles; some pressed local tofu fried salt-and-pepper style; a blue-crab fried rice. Prices in the $8 to $16 range, for the most part.

At dinner, more in that pan-Asian vein, with starter snacks at $5, small plates  and salads from $9 — $14, skewers $6 — $10, and bigger-deal entrees from $18 — $32.  Think soft-shell crab with cucumber salad, or chopped quail in black-bean/hoisin sauce, or even mustard greens and yam in Thai coconut with chile. (Yes, there are options for vegetarians and vegans on the menu.)

“There’s nothing too far out,” says Naderi, who’s wants to gear the food to the neighborhood and attract a local crowd. For constancy’s and comfort’s sake, he’ll change up the menu quarterly instead of revolving it monthly, as he does at Roost. It will remain seasonal, but people will be able to rely on getting their favorites on return visits.

Naderi is hoping to get his liquor permit next week, and Aaron Lara is already talking avocado milk punch. “Like an avocado smoothie,” he says, maybe sweetened with palm sugar. “Or what about date sugar?” asks Naderi, and they’re off, batting ideas around as they hoist chairs and tables.

So are Asian-inflected dishes a leap for Naderi?  His cuisine at Roost (number 30 on my 2013 list of Houston’s Top 100 restaurants)  is contemporary Gulf Coastal with touches of his Persian roots and the occasional Asian twist. He’s worked at Soma doing contemporary Japanese back in the Robert Gadsby era, and like many young non-Asian chefs of his generation, ingredients like dashi stock and radish are second nature to his cooking. If it’s a leap, it’s not a radical one.

“Larry McGuire out of Austin is kind of a role model for me,” says Naderi. “At Elizabeth Street Cafe he’s doing modern Vietnamese that’s still very good, and everything he touches seems to turn to gold.” The underlying message: unlike the social critics who carp at white guys doing Asian food, Naderi feels entitled to have at it.

The name he came up with for the restaurant — pronounced Lee-low and Ella, by the way — comes straight out of the Houston history books. Back in the 1930s, homebuilder Edward Crain, Sr. was developing neighborhoods near Garden Oaks, and he named Ella Boulevard — the main thoroughfare on which Naderi’s new restaurant sits — after his business partner’s wife. Crain’s own nickname was Lillo. When Naderi put the two names together, he called Crain Sr.’s children for permission, and they were happy to say yes.

By noon, chairs unpacked, Naderi and company were debating where to have lunch. When I left, Hughie’s was the leading candidate. It’s a Vietnamese beer tavern and “grille,” and it’s located just a half-mile down Ella Boulevard on 19th street, one of the newer additions to the growing Shady Acres restaurant row.





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Apr 22, 2014
Tim Lester

Turkish ‘street food with a twist’ takes a spin in Salt Lake City

Josh Hill has come to expect a quizzical look or blank stare when he tells people that the Salt Lake City restaurant he co-owns specializes in doner kebabs.

Huh! What?

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Spitz: Home of the Doner Kebab

Three Utah natives bring this Turkish wrap/sandwich to Salt Lake City.

Where » 35 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City; 801-364-0286

Open » Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight; and Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Prices » Doner kebabs and salads, $7.50 to $8.95; sides $2.95 to $4.95.

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“About 70 percent of the people have never heard of a doner kebab,” said Hill, who opened Spitz in October 2013 with partners Tanner Slizeski and Bryce Rademan.

It was during study-abroad trips to Spain and the Netherlands that the three Utah natives and friends became fans of the wrap/sandwich that originated in Turkey and is a close relative to Greek gyros and Mediterranean shawarma.

“I always like to tell people that it’s street food with twist,” Hill said.

The seasoned meat — beef, lamb, veal, chicken or a combination — is molded into a cylinder and roasted on a vertical spit. It is thinly sliced and wrapped in a flatbread or served as a sandwich with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and a Mediterranean-inspired spread.

Hill said the term doner kebab translates to “rotating meat” and should not be confused with “shish kebab,” which means “skewered meat.”

While doner kebabs can be found all over Europe, they are especially popular in Germany, where they have outpaced bratwurst and sausage as the country’s favorite fast food, according to the Association of Turkish Döner Producers in Europe.

Germany got its first taste of doner kebabs in the 1970s, when Turkish immigrants came to Berlin as part of a guest-worker treaty. The portable food quickly became popular for its grilled flavor, large portion size and relatively low cost.

Park City native Bryce Rademan developed the Spitz concept while attending Occidental College near Los Angeles. His first store opened about eight years ago in a tiny spot across the street from the California campus. A favorite with students and late-night revelers, Rademan has since opened three more Spitz restaurants in the L.A. area.

With the help of Hill and Slizeski, Rademan brought the concept to his home state about six months ago, opening Spitz at 35 E. 300 South, Salt Lake City.

“Bryce and I have talked about bringing the concept to Salt Lake City for at least six years,” said Hill.

Purists may not appreciate the Spitz menu as it offers “an Americanized version” of the doner kebab, said Hill. “Hard-core fans of the German version harass us for not having cabbage, which is standard in Europe.”

At the fast-casual Spitz, the meat-filled doners cost about $8.50 each; vegetarian options are around $7.50. Sides and drinks are extra.

Perhaps because doner kebabs are relatively unknown in Salt Lake City, the early reviews have been mixed. One supporter on Twitter said, “Ate outside on the SpitzSLC”@SpitzSLC patio tonight. Great food, great atmosphere.”

Another tweeted a similar sentiment: “I lived in Spain for years and have never found a good Doner Kebab in the U.S. … until today. You just became my new fav restaurant.”

Others were less impressed: “Went there twice. Overpriced and not that good.”

Spitz makes its own seasoned rotisserie meats, including chicken, a 60/40 blend of beef and lamb and a mixed meat option of all three proteins. A vegetarian falafel also is available. The company makes its own spreads and sauces, including hummus, garlic aioli and yogurt tzatziki.

Customers can choose to have the thinly sliced meat in a thin lavash wrap or served sandwich-style on focaccia. Either offering includes romaine lettuce, onion, cucumbers, green peppers, tomatoes, tzatziki and chile sauce. There also are salads and sides, such as thin-cut fries and fried garbanzo beans and olives, on the menu.

Spitz also has a full-service restaurant liquor license, which means customers can order beer, wine and spirits with their doner kebab, which by now should no longer be such a mystery.

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Apr 21, 2014
Tim Lester

Food truck frenzy: Inaugural street eats gathering drew 7500 people to …

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – It’s now official: Huntsville really likes food trucks.

The inaugural downtown “Street Food Season” kickoff drew an
estimated 7,500 people to the Meridian Arts Entertainment District on
Friday night. Those who didn’t mind waiting in long lines were able to sample a
wide range of Rocket City carryout cuisine: handmade pizzas; Mint Julep cupcakes;
brisket tacos; lobster rolls; chicken wings; stuffed cabbage; pulled pork
- even a grilled bacon, banana and peanut butter sandwich called “The Elvis.”

Downtown Huntsville Inc. CEO Chad Emerson said he knew from
social media buzz last week that the event, held in and around A.M. Booth’s
Lumberyard on Cleveland Avenue, was likely to draw a big crowd. But even he was
surprised by the masses of people that poured in all evening.

“Fortunately, the food trucks were well-stocked and nearly
all the vendors were ready for the rush,” Emerson told Monday. “So it
turned out to be successful on many fronts.”

When the parking lot outside A.M. Booth’s filled up, he
said, many folks strolled to the nearby Bud Cramer Park for an impromptu
dinner. Others decided not to brave the lines at the 16 food trucks and walked
back to the center of town. Sam Greg’s on the Courthouse Square and Pane
e Vino Pizzeria both reported strong Friday night sales, said Emerson.

“The city is obviously very pleased,” said Emerson, “because
it generated so much sales tax revenue.”

However, the giant crowd may force Downtown Huntsville Inc. to tweak
its strategy for upcoming street food gatherings on the third Friday of May,
June, July, August, September and October. Originally, the group wanted to
hold each event in a different private parking lot downtown

But no private lots downtown can accommodate 7,500 people,
said Emerson.

“We’re in conversation with the city about long-term
strategies for the event,” he said. “People love things that are local and
artisan in nature, and the food truck is a mobile way of doing that.

also just like to gather in a free setting.”

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Apr 21, 2014
Tim Lester

Paquime Street Food of Mexico in Sunnyslope: Tortas Paquime Goes Fancy …

flautas-paquime-saria.JPGLauren SariaBeef flautas from Paquime Street Food of Mexico.When a new spot opens in town, we can’t wait to check it out — and let you know our initial impressions, share a few photos, and dish about some menu items. First Taste, as the name implies, is not a full-blown review, but instead a peek inside restaurants that have just opened, sampling a few items, and satisfying curiosities (yours and ours).

paquime-inside-saria.JPGLauren SariaPaquime Street Food of MexicoRestaurant: Paquime Steet Food of Mexico
Location: 17 East Dunlap Road
Open: About three weeks
Eats: Mexican
Price: Less than $10 a person

If you’re already a fan of Tortas Paquime, the mini-chain of five restaurant that specializes in the Mexican sandwiches, there’s a good chance you’re also going to like Paquime Street Food of Mexico. The restaurant is the newest concept from the Paquime restaurant family and while the menu will probably look pretty familiar to Tortas Paquime fans, it’s about the only thing that will.

See also: 5 Things to Order at Tortas Paquime That Aren’t Tortas

elote-paquime-saria.JPGLauren SariaEsquitesIf you’ve ever been inside one of the five Tortas Paquime locations, then you already know that they deliver a bright, clean atmosphere that gives the restaurants wide appeal. Well, Paquime Street Food of Mexico takes that idea to a whole new level. Design features like exposed brick, wood flooring, and a sleek handwritten menu board make this feel more like the newest fast-casual chain than a locally owned spot — and we mean that in a good way. When we stopped in for lunch customers ran the gamut from a table of workers on a lunch break to young couples enjoying a leisurely meal on the patio.

At this sister restaurant to the Tortas Paquime brand, they’ve traded out the paper plates for white dishware and offer plastic finger protectors that slip over your thumb and forefinger to prevent messy fingers while eating. It’s a fun idea that doesn’t exactly work, particularly if you have small hands. Nevertheless, we appreciated the effort.

valeteados-paquime-saria.JPGLauren Saria VoleteadosSince this is a fast-casual style restaurant, you place your order at the counter, choose an table, and wait for your food to be delivered. But don’t let the business model trick you into thinking the service here is lacking. To the contrary we were given samples of the daily soup (a very tasty green chile corn chowder) as well as each of the three aguas frescas while we placed our order.

We started with a very good lime fresca and an Aguas de Frutas ($2.75) laden with pieces of melon and strawberry. It may have been a little sweet for some, but ended up being a perfect counterbalance to our order of Esquites ($3.99). The corn off the cob came swimming in a mixture of mayonnaise, butter, cotija cheese, lime, and chili — though all we could really taste was the lime and butter, making for a very sour and oily experience.

Luckily, it wasn’t long until our entrees arrived, an order of the Voleteados tacos ($6.99) and beef flautas ($6.99).

The former dish was far better than the latter, which was acceptable but not excellent thanks to a filling of rather dry shredded beef. The thick slices of avocado and guacamole sauce helped to smooth things out, but the layer of raw white onions just ended up on the side of the plate.

Now, when it came to the voletados, we cleared our plate. The dish features a trio of corn tortillas with shredded pork that’s covered in a layer of melted jack cheese and slices of avocado. The result is a dish that tastes like a Mexican version of grilled cheese with a crisp layer of cheese, smoky pork, and fresh avocado.

Overall, the menu is smaller than that of Tortas Paquime, though the tortas section of the menu is almost identical. There are favorites such as the namesake Torta Paquime and Tostada Paquime as well as new additions including tacos de pescados and Hot Dog Mexicano (Sonoran hot dog). The biggest draw and difference will definitely be the more upscale atmosphere that will lend this concept to wider expansion, which the company has said it’s hoping for.

fingerguard-paquime-saria.JPGLauren SariaPaquime’s funky finger protectors.

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Paquime Steet Food of Mexico

17 E. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ

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Apr 20, 2014
Tim Lester

Street scran, live tunes and craft ales at new food festival

Just because food is sold out of a caravan it doesn’t mean it has to be greasy, sloppy and only eaten at the witching hour.

The street scran revolution has changed that for the better where gourmet eats are now expected to be dished up at food trucks.

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Think pulled pork in a brioche bun, fancy macaroni and cheese, tacos, burritos and po boys.

If you’re salivating at the thought of those morsels well you’re in luck because you can try them all at the Old Town Street Food Festival on April 20 in the Three Sisters courtyard.

It kicks off at midday so you’ll be able to squeeze in two maybe three meals before closing. It would be rude not to, right?

  (Three Sisters)

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Pop up pioneers Smokey and The Bandit, Pink Taco, Big Al’s Chicken Shack and a few other stellar street vendors will be peddling plates of goodness alongside local craft brewery Innis and Gunn and a bar stocked with craft ales.

There will also be two dozen bands playing tunes across three stages, including the next-big things Model Aeroplanes.

Indie-pop-rock band Six Storey’s High, who will also be taking to the stage, are four kids from Edinburgh who’ve been gigging for a few years all over the show and are building up quite the reputation.

Then there are the Tijuana Bibles – a neo-psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll outfit – who hail from Glasgow and sound like this.

There’s loads more of this good stuff in the band line-up, including DJs and talented homegrown acts.

Three Sisters general manager Donal Hurrell expected about 3000 people to stop by over the course of the festival.

“We’re expecting to get really busy from about 4pm,” Donal said.

“It’s an ale festival and music festival so it’s not really a child friendly event.

“While the event is free entry we have created some guest list wristbands for anyone who wants to guarantee their entry. These can get picked up The Three Sisters bar.”

Vintage purveyors We Love To Boogie will also be setting up shop in the bottom of the bar’s double decker bus while the upstairs will be turned into a cocktail bar and acoustic area.

If you haven’t managed to have your fill by the end of the festival you can head back for round two and three on the next Bank Holiday weekends next month.

If you’ve any room by then, of course.

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Apr 20, 2014
Tim Lester

Chennai street food

Chennai might not have a street food street, she may not peddle her smorgasbord on a single street or two, but if you have lived in this city for a long time, you’ll know that she offers a treasure at every street corner. You just need to know where to look.

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Apr 19, 2014
Tim Lester

‘Street Food Season’ begins with a bang, more than 5000 attend inaugural event …

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The city of Huntsville kicked off the inaugural “Street Food Season” with a bang, drawing in more than 5,000 attendees to A.M. Booth’s Lumberyard for the event. 

The Street Food Season kickoff is one of the first large public gatherings in the Meridian Arts Entertainment District, the smaller of two downtown districts with relaxed open-container rules created last summer

Other public street food gatherings are scheduled for the third Friday of May, June, July, August, September and October at parking lots in the Meridian and Quigley arts and entertainment districts.

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Apr 18, 2014
Tim Lester

Eat your way across the globe at the World Street Food Festival

Real Food Festival

Hurrah – it’s a Bank Holiday weekend. Which can either mean:

a) Spending lots of time on the motorway
b) Spending lots of time at the garden centre/DIY store
c) Spending lots of time eating and drinking

We sincerely hope your plans fall into camp ‘c’, in which case, we’ve got just the thing. Head down to Queen’s Walk on the South Bank (the bit next to the river, either side of Hungerford Bridge), where you’ll find the World Street Food Festival – a one-off Bank Holiday street food market from the ‘Real Food’ folk. The current line-up of global flavours include dishes from Cheeky Italian, Donostia Social Club, Dosa Deli, The Frenchie, Jamon Jamon, Korrito, Mama’s Jerk Station, the Polish Deli and lots more. There’ll also be a central seating and bar area with craft beer, wine and cocktails, plus live music. It’s free to attend – just pay for what you eat (or drink). And don’t attempt any DIY after a few drinks. Tania Ballantine

April 18-21, Queens Walk, South Bank. Find the full line-up at

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