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Jul 20, 2013
Tina George

Gino D’Acampo ‘will open My Pasta Bar at Gloucester Quays’

A DASH of celebrity glamour graced the second day of the Gloucester Quays Food Festival as cheeky Italian chef Gino D’Acampo dropped in to give a cookery masterclass infront of his legion of adoring fans.

Gino is due to open his first My Pasta Bar restaurant in Fleet Street, London this month and hopes to follow up with a second eatery in Gloucester Quays.

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  6. James Martin at the 2012 festival

The 2009 winner of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here said it has been a long standing ambition to open up an Italian themed diner in the city – with food just ahead of the ladies as the reason he keeps coming back to Gloucester.

“I love coming back to Gloucester, this is my third year,” he said.

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“It is a cool place and a great food festival.

“There is great produce here and we should be doing all we can to support local producers, always.

“I have been thinking of opening a restaurant here in Gloucester Quays for about two years now.

“It is going to happen at some point.

“Last year it didn’t happen, but I am opening one in London in a couple of weeks.

“Definitely Gloucester is a place where I would want to open one also.

“The women of Gloucester are very friendly, and very beautiful.

“They are nice girls, that is one of the reasons why I come here.

“It is the food first, and the girls later.”


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Gino’s demonstration today (Saturday) is his third appearance at the Festival, and follows on from Mary Berry yesterday (Friday) and Saturday Morning Kitchen host James Martin dropping in on Sunday.

Traders said the festival is a great way to open up local produce to new customers.

Marc Birch, 54, from Nailsworth, was selling his Plenty Pies.

“Festivals are so important in Gloucester to help show off the great produce on offer in Gloucestershire,” he said.

“The Christmas festivals, Tall Ships and now the Food Festivals have all bee good for business.

“Our tartiflette pies with potatoes, cream, onion and bacon have been really popular.”

Nick Stephens, from Eldersfield, was running his Bordeaux Undiscovered stall.

“We import fine wines and sell them all over the county,” he said.

“They compliment the great local produce that is on offer at the Food Festival perfectly, there is something to suit everyone.”

On Sunday, Edd Kimber, winner of The Great British Bake Off will be giving a free cooking demonstration at noon and 3pm.

Other attractions include a free Cookery School and childrens entertainment plus a Village Green where you can enjoy a glass of fizz, Pimms or cider to the sounds of free live music.


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Jul 19, 2013
Tim Lester

Ten day street food festival

Get to enjoy the experience of having food from the streets of Chennai at the 10-day street food festival being organised at The Movies, The Spring Hotel till July 21.

The menu would include food items like the nannari sharbath, madras vada pav,  special masala vadai, kaara milaga bhajji, marina beach pattani sundal, kothu paratha, meen kozhambu, eeral fry  and many more to begin the buffet spread. 

To assure the street experience, a push cart  will be available with live counters for idly, dosa and parota. A never miss item on the list would be the ‘Movies’s secret recipe Biriyani’  and fusion dosa.

Others items which demand a say are the Burma noodles counter, Salad counter, Kerala style poricha meen, Authentic nandu masala, Spiced chicken gravy, Paneer kurma and Mhudda pappu.

The street food festival is planned for dinner and the street here opens at 7.30pm on all days. Contact: 9551089123

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Jul 17, 2013
Tim Lester

Slurping in street food

The Spring Hotel is hosting a steet food festival from July 12 to 21. This 10 day street food festival pledges to revive the experience of having food at the very streets of Chennai offering street style food items like the Nannari Sharbath, Madras Vada pav,  Special Masal vadai, Kaara milaga bhajji, Marina beach pattani sundal, Kothu paratha, Meen Kozhambu, Eeral fry  and many more. Assuring the real street experience, a push cart has been placed in which idly, dosa and parota counters has been set up. A never miss item on the list is the ‘Movies’ secret recipe Biriyani’ and fusion Dosa.

Food will be served from 7.30 pm onwards. For details call 9551089123

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Jul 15, 2013
Tina George

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Last night saw the launch of Truck Stop, London’s first street food truck meet-up where 20 of the city’s converted fire engines, ambulances and milk floats turned up by the waterside in Stratford to sell meatball subwiches, pulled pork tacos, frozen yoghurt and Camden craft beer.

When it wraps up later tonight, the event organisers, @Tweat-Up founder Jonathan Downey and Street Feast founder Dominic Cools-Lartigue, hope to have seen around 10,000 people pass through the gates. Add to that another 9,000 people expected to head to Feast, a quarterly food festival held until Sunday this time near Brick Lane, 500 more to the Red Market near Old Street tonight and yet more to Eat 15 tomorrow, and you have quite a celebration.

“All the stuff going on at the moment isn’t down to restaurant openings, it’s down to street food,” says the founder of Richard Johnson. “Now I think finally we’re getting how to organise a party. The food has been there for a while but it was slightly strung out and now I think we have enough people and imagineers putting it all together who are getting the seating right, and the lighting, and — that horrible word — vibes. It’s all about vibe control.”

Of course, London’s early street food pioneers have been spreading their word for the best part of five years (interest in my blog has nearly tripled since 2012) but it is only now that their crusade feels widely known. Before, you might have stumbled across a “gourmet” sandwich in a Saturday morning market. Now you could leave work on a Thursday or Friday and start your weekend off with a crab burger, crispy duck wrap, steamed bun and a matcha meringue, wash it down with a chilli tequila shot and end up dancing with a pint of mezcal margarita in your hand until it’s time to get the night bus home.

Naturally the popularity of these parties is also thanks to the people cooking them. Downey, who runs a selection of bars including Milk Honey and Rotary Bar Diner, writes that street food is not just about eating, it’s also about meeting: “Meeting old friends and new — queue dating and communal tables, standing around high tables and fire pits. It’s also about meeting the person and the passion behind the food you’re eating. And, also, it’s about VIBES!”

Cools-Lartigue, meanwhile, has roots as a rave and festival organiser and the man responsible for staging Red Market — now known as #RD3 — is Tom Reaney, who previously managed London club nights and festivals in Dubai. Feast was the brainchild of Matt Utber, Lottie Campbell and Charlie Gardiner.

Reaney, who also runs his stall Burger Bear Tom, has been trading at the Red Market near Old Street throughout the winter, trying to make it a place for new traders who can’t get a pitch ordinarily — and it’s free from corporate sponsorship. But he was surprised by the support it received at the relaunch a few weeks ago where, like tonight’s gig, they laid on live Louisiana blues bands, local DJs “doing sunset chillout vibes and more of a party feel later in the evening.

“The launch took us all by surprise. It was really glorious — mainly down to the people who came. It just felt really local. I think the selection of food we had was really complementary.”

But if you can’t make it out this weekend, don’t panic; this is really only the start of the summer’s festival feasting period. Next week, in a bid to make it easier to locate street food traders, vans and markets around the UK, Johnson launches his free British Street Food app on iTunes where different coloured pins will represent opening times.

 “Now you have to subscribe to the right people on Twitter to know exactly where they’re trading. Because they’re so itinerant, it’s hard to pin them down and very often traders don’t have regular pitches… It just wasn’t a lot of fun. It felt like there was a street food community out there that just wasn’t being explored at all. So many people saying this is just a Hoxton or Shoreditch thing and it’s clearly getting bigger than that.”

Of course, Downey’s got it in a nutshell: “When the weather is good, there’s no better place to be eating than outside in the sunshine and that’s what street food in the summer is all about.”

It’s time to find those street food vibes.


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Jul 15, 2013
Tina George

The World’s Most Unusual Food Festivals

2013-07-11-10WikimediaCommonsGrahamMcLellan.jpegNothing brings people together like food. Whether it’s a Thanksgiving dinner with your family or sharing wine and cheese with a friend in the park, eating is generally a social affair (Credit: WikimediaCommons/Graham McLellan).

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For some cultures, sometimes a single ingredient or dish is reason enough to join in celebration. Take barbecue, seafood, and agricultural festivals as a few common American examples. Some festivals stray from the beaten path of tradition, however, and make for some unique and unusual fetes.

Whether people are smearing tomatoes into the hair and faces of loved ones at La Tomatina or hurling sausages into the air at the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, food festivals all over the world express cultural pride in some relatively surprising ways.

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We say the less run-of-the-mill a food festival is, the better. Check out our slideshow to see some of the best occasions and locations where you can let loose and celebrate food in unusual and surprising ways.

- Emily Kolars, The Daily Meal

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Every year on June 29 in the heart of La Rioja, Spain, the Batalla del Vino takes place. What began as a medieval dispute over a mountain range between neighboring towns has evolved into a celebration with hundreds of Spaniards soaking each other by any means possible. Traditionally dressed in all white except for a red bandana, they proceed to pour gallons of the area’s famous red wine until everyone is stained purple and undoubtedly tipsy. 

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Jul 14, 2013
Tim Lester

Weekender: Atlanta Street Food Fest

Atlanta Street Food Festival.
This is billed as the largest food truck gathering in the Southeast.
More than 25 food trucks, local merchants and artisans are expected to
gather from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday at Piedmont Park. A couple of bands
will play, too. Free admission.

Half Way to New Year’s Eve. The Family Dog is celebrating 2013 being almost half over. Starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. $10 at the door.

Live music in clubs. At Blind Willie’s, Burnt Bacon Friday and
Saturday. At Limerick Junction, Galen Crader on Friday and Saturday and
Chris Ricker on Sunday. At the Family Dog, The GED Soul Revue on Saturday and Jez Graham with Gina Grate on Sunday.

New movies. Grown Ups 2, Lootera, Pacific Rim.

Jazz on the Lawn.
Mojo Dojo will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Callanwolde Arts Center
at 980 Briarcliff Road NE. $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

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Jul 13, 2013
Tim Lester

Weekender: Social in the City, Bastille Day, Atlanta Street Food Festival

Free Coffee Friday at The Cookie Studio
Visit The Cookie Studio’s new location in Buckhead, 30 Pharr Road NW, for
another Free Coffee Friday featuring Intelligentsia Coffee (regular and

Bastille Day at Huff Harrington Fine Art
Huff Harrington Fine Art celebrates France at its annual Bastille Day
exhibit with an opening reception Saturday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. at 4240 Rickenbacker Drive. The
show will run through July 27. Free.

Social in the City: The Business Professionals Mixer
Join The Havana Club as it present Social in the city, an evening of
cocktails, music and connections with the finest in the field. This week the city’s top professional groups are invited to network and
socialize, and what better place than The Havana’s stylish setting? You
can RSVP your business group now at Friday at 8 p.m.

Girls’ Night Out: Bastille Day Party
Vive la France, girls! Invite your girlfriends out for a dinner
celebrating French revolution! French cooking’s reputation endures as a
cuisine of exquisite simplicity and taste. With a few classic cooking
methods and the right ingredients, you’ll find that the essence of
French cooking combines passion for food with practical preparation.
Join Sur La Table at Phipps Plaza on Sunday, July 14, 5-7 p.m., to create a variety of delicious and unforgettable dishes for
your summer Bastille Day celebration!

Atlanta Street Food Festival
Atlanta’s favorite food trucks will roll into Piedmont Park on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 8 p.m, for the second annual Atlanta
Street Food Festival. The 2013 Atlanta Street Food Festival represents the largest gathering of food trucks in the Southeast,
bringing together more than 25 food trucks, local merchants and artisans, and
live musical entertainment from some of the area’s favorite performers.

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Jul 13, 2013
Kim Rivers

Food Truck Festival coming to Natick

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Jul 11, 2013
Tim Lester

Street food festival forced to move after complaints from businesses

The organiser of a popular street food festival in Maidenhead has said she ‘will carry on stronger’ after the decision was made to relocate it following complaints from surrounding businesses.

The first event took place in King Street in May before being confirmed as a monthly fixture and returning to the town on Friday.

But disgruntled traders along King Street created a petition which was handed to town centre manager Steph James calling for the event to be moved.

They are unhappy with falling profits caused by the event which invites a variety of food traders to show off their produce.

Esther Brienza, who set up and funded the festival single-handedly said: “I have invested a great deal of time and money in promoting this area.

“Maidenhead is my town and Maidenhead people tell me they want it. They are excited about it.”

The nutrition expert and former personal trainer, who lives in Lassell Gardens, says she took great consideration in making sure none of the food sold at the festival clashed with anything sold at nearby businesses.

Pick up a copy of today’s Maidenhead Advertiser to find out more.

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Jul 10, 2013
Tim Lester

Get me out of here – Cotswolds yoga, Stragusto street food, New Zealand self-drive

Soon… The Stragusto street-food festival takes place in Trapani, Sicily, from 25-28 July. On 23 July, Real Holidays has a week’s BB just outside the town at the Baglio Fontanasalsa agriturismo for £795pp, with Ryanair flights from Luton and car hire.

Later… September marks the start of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. That month, Austravel has a 14-night self-drive of New Zealand for £1,249pp with motorhome hire, a cruise of the Milford Sound and Emirates flights from Heathrow via Dubai.

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