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Mar 10, 2014
Tim Lester

Made in Italy: Palermo Street Food

No matter where in the world you go, you will always find food vendors on the street, and Palermo is no exception. Palermo is a street food heaven and what you get in the first-rate hotels is nothing compared to the delicacies you can enjoy here – the food is simply amazing. So, if you intend to tour Palermo, here is something to let you in on the street foods not to miss.

Palermo Street food(photo by: judywitts)

Gelato Con Brioche

The fact that Gelato Con Brioche is an ice-cream sandwich taken to a whole new level is exactly what makes it a must-try food in the streets of Palermo. This sandwich is made using a hamburger roll and generous scoops of gelato which can be obtained in different flavors. The freshly baked rolls make the gelato melt and as the flavors combine, you can be assured of a heavenly swirl in the mouth.


Made using rice, meat and cheese, Arancini is a very popular snack in this part of the world, and you can only get to understand why once you give the food a try. If you fancy some giant arancini, be sure to make your way to Palermo’s Bar Touring in which the delicacy is a specialty. If you prefer to eat with the locals though, you can stop by Vucciria market or Via Porta Carini.


Sfincione is an absolutely fantastic food item to indulge in when in Palermo. It looks very much like an imperfect version of pizza, but with a glorious taste. Sfincione is made using unleavened bread topped with grated cheese, onion, tomatoes, and spices. This Sicilian pizza is sold on street carts in most parts of Palermo.

Some people think street food is unsafe, but in reality, it is actually a great option considering that you get to watch as the food is prepared. This means you see how it is handled and also find out what goes into it. Besides, like the cheap hotels in Palermo, you don’t have to part with too much cash to eat your fill. If you have been afraid to sample street food, why not disprove those fears by trying out these tasty Sicilian foodstuffs?

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Feb 25, 2014
Tim Lester

St Mary’s Market turns its focus to street food

To market, to market, a gallop a trot.

Edinburgh has an increasing amount of markets popping up across town from the farmer’s edition every weekend to the world village stalls on Castle Street.

But now, there will be a dedicated food market in the city centre.

The small market outside St Mary’s Cathedral has been dishing up a range of hot food options alongside local arts and crafts since 2011.

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Over the past month, the market has been giving customers a taste of what to expect bringing a few street food vendors along to their offerings ahead of the full launch on March 8.

So why after three years did they decide to mix up their offerings with a food-only event?

Market Operator Vicky MacDonald said: “As Market Operator, I regularly ask customers to complete feedback questionnaires and tell us what they would like to see more of at St Mary’s Market and it was always more food.

“Due to our location in the city centre, the majority of our customers are aged 26 to 35 and they are in town shopping or visiting friends.

“They are interested in new types of fast food as they pass through the market so we wanted to encourage more quality street food stands to join the market by offering them a street food open day so they could try it out.”

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The market will invite new and small businesses along to showcase their menus served from their unique food trucks.

From Auld Black’s three wheeled Piaggio to Big Blu’s Citroen van with a wood fire oven, the market have scoured Scotland looking for the latest pop-up food innovations.

The space can hold up to 19 traders and Vicky is still looking for submissions for the open day taster.

Pitches are available for £50 and they are looking for those who can sell something different that is under £5 a portion allowing customers to grab a taste of something new without breaking the bank.

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Vicky added: “Customers can expect a range of hot food inspired by flavours from all over the world, including Italian, French, Scottish and Asian, as well as our regular fresh produce stalls, though we still have room for a few more so we’re still receiving applications.”

Puddledub Buffalo and Edinburgh-based restaurant Three Birds will also host stalls at the market.

The street food open day will run from 11am to 5pm on March 8.

Following the launch, the market plans to run on the second Saturday of each month.

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Feb 23, 2014
Kim Rivers

Pigfest, warbirds and food truck wars … check out these Florida festivals

1. Titusville

Tico Warbird 2014 Air Show, March 14-16 (gates open at 8:30 a.m.), Space Coast Regional Airport, U.S. 1 and Route 405. This annual festival will be honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and features modern military fly-bys and demos, vintage warbirds and static displays, a vintage car show, and more. Tickets: $20 for adults and $10 for children. Info: 321-268-1941.

2. Tallahassee

5th Annual Southeast Regional Pigfest, March 15, North Florida Fairgrounds, 414 Paul Russell Road. Barbecue competition and music festival. Festivities include food, vendors and artists, as well as a display of prize-winning cars, trucks and bikes. Info: 850-222-2043.

3. Haines City

Food Truck Wars, March 22, Lake Eva Community Park, 555 Ledwith Ave. Food Truck Wars features more than 40 gourmet food trucks from all over the state competing for five prizes awarded by celebrity judges. Costs run from $3 to $18 with many entrees averaging between $6 and $8. Admission is free, parking is $3. A portion of proceeds will benefit Haines City Leisure Services free community special events. Info: or

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Feb 7, 2014
Tim Lester

Five street food vendors join forces

* A new collective is making plans to serve its street food right across the region.

The collaboration named Scoff is bringing together five Midlands vendors – The Jabberwocky, Hungry Toad, Spectacular Goat, Big Daddies Diner and The Meat Shack.

Barny Luxmoore, aged 30, who launched gourmet toastie venture The Jabberwocky with partner Flic three years ago, said: “The idea is to bind together to get more power behind the traders and allow us to put on our own events. The problem as an individual trader is that when you try to put on an event you have to organise everyone else and give the location or venue the confidence that you can do it.

“As a collective that confidence is really boosted.”

Scoff’s first focus is a pop-up project each Saturday at the Cask and Bottle in Leamington Spa where traders will take turns each week to take over the kitchen delivering pub grub with a twist.

They are in talks with a venue in Wolverhampton to run a weekly street food event and hope to gain another residency in Warwick as well as taking on one-off events throughout the year.

For more information visit or follow @ScoffingFood

* Maison Mayci will be returning to television screens on Monday .

The Birmingham bakery is competing in the semi-final of ITV’s Britain’s Best Bakery, hoping to be crowned the best in the country.

Opened in Kings Heath in 2006 by French brothers David and Remi Faveau, the bakery’s second branch came to Moseley in 2010.

The bakery beat competition from fellow Brummie enterprises Vera’s Traditional Caribbean Bakery in Great Barr and city centre venture Frost and Snow to reach the competition’s regional final where it triumphed over bakers from right across Wales and central England.

It will need to survive the heat on Monday to win a place in the final.

* After taking a break in January the popular Digbeth Dining Club is set to make a return on Friday.

The club kicked off Birmingham’s street food scene in August 2012 and gained a cult following through Twitter and Facebook, drawing a loyal crowd to its weekly appearances at Spotlight, under Digbeth’s railway arches in Lower Trinity Street.

It was named Best Street Food Event at the 2013 British Street Food Awards and has a regular roster of more than 20 local vendors, taking turns to feed the crowds, as well as welcoming visiting street food traders.

Its return will see four vendors serving freshly-cooked food to a post-work crowd.

Expect Esmie’s Seafood Kitchen, Fat Duck Spuds and two Brum favourites, Low n Slow and The Meatshack.

It runs from 5.30-10.30pm every Friday.

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Jan 23, 2014
Jim Benson

Judge recommends putting food car complaint on ice – Scranton Times

Food cart vendor Mario Diaz said his problems started as Vanilla Ice arrived in Scranton.

Mr. Diaz never blamed the famed rapper of “Ice Ice Baby,” who had nothing to do with his problems.

But in a federal lawsuit Mr. Diaz did blame city officials for discriminating against him on where he parked his food cart just before the rapper performed in downtown Scranton in 2010.

Now, a federal magistrate judge decided the city isn’t to blame either.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick is recommending dismissal of Mr. Diaz’s claim that the city discriminated by forbidding him from setting up outside the Hardware Bar on Linden Street.

Mr. Diaz, a Wayne County resident, contended in federal court that the city’s Department of Licensing, Inspections Permits forced him away from the bar in 2010, but allowed other street food vendors to operate there. The other vendors were friends of city inspectors, he charged in a lawsuit filed in March 2012.

Judge Mehalchick’s report to the U.S. District Court says Mr. Diaz failed to prove his constitutional right to equal protection under the law was violated, mainly because he never showed an instance of when discrimination actually happened.

Under the city zoning ordinance, street vendors who serve food or beverages may not be located within 100 feet of a commercial restaurant or bar where food and beverages are served.

Mr. Diaz started operating outside the Mall at Steamtown in January 2010, but moved about a week later to outside the Hardware Bar at 519 Linden St., where many vendors once lined up at night to serve food to departing bar patrons.

The event that precipitated Mr. Diaz’s dissatisfaction was a Jan. 22, 2010, “Girls Gone Wild” event at the Hardware Bar featuring Vanilla Ice.

The day before, city deputy licensing director Thomas Oleski called Mr. Diaz to say he had to move his food cart because he was violating the 100-foot rule.

Mr. Diaz didn’t do it, so the next night, assistant health inspector Kim Kandel paid him a visit and told him he had to move.

He did and was never cited for violating the rule.

When a competitor, Jo Marie Wamiin, moved into his spot, Mr. Diaz called police, who ordered Ms. Wamiin to move.

“She can’t be there either,” an officer told Mr. Diaz, the judge wrote.

The source of the judge’s knowledge of what happened was partly Mr. Diaz, who in a deposition admitted “they enforced the same law on her that they did to me,” the judge wrote.

The next day, Ms. Wamiin returned and Mr. Diaz complained again to police, who told her to leave again. She did.

After that, Mr. Diaz set up elsewhere and never heard from city inspectors or police again. The judge pointed out Mr. Oleski and Ms. Kandel weren’t friends of Ms. Wamiin.

“Neither Thomas Oleski nor Kandel knew Wamiin prior to these events,” Judge Mehalchick wrote. “In the current case, there is no evidence in the record that Diaz was treated any differently from others similarly situated.”

A district judge must still approve the ruling before it becomes final.

Contact the writer: bkrawczeniuk@

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Jan 19, 2014
Jim Benson

Food carts roll into Robson Square for Dine Out

The city’s growing fleet of food truck owners will descend on Robson Square starting Jan. 22 to showcase their culinary offerings as part of the Dine Out Vancouver festival.

“It’s an opportunity for people to get out and enjoy the weather,” Tourism Vancouver’s Lucas Pavan said of the annual foody extravaganza. “There’s buskers and tents just in case it does rain and seating. It’s just an opportunity to really amp up the whole festival feel of Dine Out Vancouver.”

Pavan said up to 25 food carts will be rotating throughout the festival during lunchtime into the afternoon through Jan. 26.

It’s a boatload of carts but operator Andrew Fielding of Kaboom Box said while street-food vendors do compete it’s a tightly knit community.

“We find that when we all get together it brings more people out and makes it a better event for everyone involved,” he said. “We all know one another and of course we’re in competition with one another, but we all recognize that we’re doing the same thing.”

Fielding said operators are being encouraged to offer specials during the event to encourage more visitors to see how the trucks are different than restaurants.

“People can expect a lot of variety of food,” he said. “(It’s) A good festive atmosphere.”

Food carts were introduced to the city just a few years ago, but have taken off in popularity. Fielding feels this is because they offer quality food in a relatively fast manner as well as variety.


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Jan 8, 2014
Tim Lester

Vancouver to prohibit rentals of street food licences

Vancouver’s street food vendors won’t be allowed to rent out their spaces any more if a proposal to ban the practice is approved by city council next month. And those who have been sub-leasing the spaces, in some cases at exorbitant prices from the original applicants, will be reviewed and may get their own spaces nearby.

In a letter to the Streetfood Vancouver Society, the city said it will prohibit renting of sites to other vendors, and will also limit the number of food vending permits a person or company can obtain.

The city has also said it won’t issue any new permits this year other than to those who have been sub-leasing spots, providing they pass a review.

The changes come after the city became aware that nearly one-third of the 110 stationary vending permits it recently issued through a lottery system were being sub-leased by the original applicants to other vendors, without the city’s knowledge.

The issue came to a head in October when some sub-lessees complained that licence-holders were charging high rental prices — as much as $10,000 annually — for a permit that costs $1,100 per year.

In his letter to vendors, Alan Rockett, the city’s street activities coordinator, said 26 licence holders who have been renting out a total of 31 spots will either have to give up their licences or go back to operating their own stands, either by themselves or with staff. Those who have been sub-leasing them will be reviewed and “if approved, they would be provided their own permits at or near their existing location.�

Rockett said the city will also limit vendors from having more than four permits, all of which have to be operated by company staff or family members.

“No rentals will be permitted. Violation will result in permits being revoked,� he said in his letter.

The problem emerged in part after Vancouver rapidly expanded its street food cart program, allowing for a rich diversity of ethnic foods. It issued 67 new stationary street food permits, in addition to 43 traditional hotdog and nut licences, and said vendors should consider offering healthier food choices. It also has licensed 28 other locations, including popcorn stands, for a total of 138 fixed-location licenses. An additional 20 licences were issued for mobile vendors such as ice cream trucks. Staff say 17 of the 138 licenses are currently vacant.


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Dec 22, 2013
Tim Lester

Glitches apart, street food festival a big draw

Around 118 street food stalls from across the country and a footfall of 18,000 in the past two days defined Delhi’s third edition of Street Food Festival that began at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium grounds here on Friday.

Organised by the National Association for Street Vendors of India – NASVI – the fest is aimed at bringing food vendors together and influence policy makers to transform it into a secure sector.

The families, after paying Rs. 30 as entry fee and purchasing food coupons of Rs. 10 each, were seen thronging the stalls from Assam, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar, Odisha, Punjab, Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and also Pakistan.

Among the most in demand were Bihar’s litti-chokha and Karachi’s mughal cuisine, which actually came from Darya Ganj in the Walled City of Delhi, said the cook quickly sticking rotis into the tandoor, “Six months ago, some Pakistani chefs had come to Delhi and they taught us their signature cuisines. We are selling extremely well.”

Pragya Joshi, a Delhi-based student from Lucknow, was at the tail end of long queue for litti-chokha, “In Delhi, we don’t get litti-chokha at most food corners. In Lucknow, I used to get it regularly, so I miss it in Delhi. So, I think it’s worth waiting for,’ she said.

Some sellers were seen busy making undue profits, for instance, one piece of jalebi for Rs. 20, and one small sweet bhajia from Odisha for Rs. 30, deterred many.

Not everything in the fest was hunkydory though. One noticed several empty stalls, especially from Lucknow and Chandigarh. Vikas Sexena, the cook from Lucknow was seen sitting alone guarding empty stalls.

“We didn’t get raw material on time on both days. When we got them at 12 a.m, the quantity was very less. The fest began around 2 p.m, and we finished our delicacies like mughal biryani, boti kabab with roomali roti and lehsun ki kheer by 3 p.m. It’s a big loss for us.” he moaned.

A butter chicken seller from Punjab echoed, “Since the raw material came late, I lost customers worth Rs. 20,000 as they went back without eating.”

Seeing this correspondent jotting down notes, a homemaker Pooja Sharma from Gurgaon queried, “Can you also write about the bad management please? See, just two mobile toilets for thousands of people. They are extremely dirty.”

She also complained about the absence of dustbins and food plates strewn everywhere, sticking to people’s feet.

“There are no paper tissues, so people are wiping their hands with table clothes, and leaving their used plates on them. There is no monitoring on such a mess.”

Students like Noirita, Deekhsha and Annaya are upset about non-refundable coupons if one couldn’t use it on a particular day. “Coupons don’t have date on them; still we can’t use them on the next day. Since the food is not good, we want to return them. Together we bought coupons worth Rs.600 and we are left with coupons worth Rs.300. We thought we would taste some real street chaat as the festival boasts of, but we are disappointed,” the trio says in consonance.

Mr. Arbind Singh, the Coordinator NASVI, admitted some major shortcomings spoiled some spirit of the festival, “We couldn’t bring stalls from Jammu and Kashmir and Udaipur for some reasons. We avoided the refund of coupons fearing duplicacy. Someone could print them and sell them back to us. But next year we will graduate to card swipe system, more hygienic spaces with better house-keeping arrangements.”

The festival concludes on Sunday night.

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Dec 20, 2013
Jim Benson

And then there were two: City extends food cart permits for select vendors

Two local food vendors who dish up their wares from portable carts in downtown Naperville were given a head start this week on a happy and prosperous new year.

City Council members Tuesday night extended the current permits held by John Singleton Jr. of John’s Rib House and Joe Hornbaker, operator of Joey’s Red Hots, through 2014. Both had been scheduled to expire at the end of this month.

Although two other food purveyors were granted permits in spring 2012, for more than a year and a half John’s and Joey’s have been the only ones operating in the downtown. Singleton works in a spot on Chicago Avenue east of Washington Street, adjacent to the downtown parking garage. Hornbaker’s assigned location is a couple of blocks to the west, near the Riverwalk.

The much-discussed mobile vending program will remain with just the two food carts allowed in the downtown for now. Also, the necessary requests for qualifications, which solicit statements from bidders attesting to their fitness to receive a permit, will be issued every two years, rather than annually.

“We’ve been through this RFQ before, only two people took it, and it’s a lot of extra work on our staff,” said Councilman Paul Hinterlong, who called the issue “an ongoing headache” for city staff and proposed the guideline changes.

The Downtown Advisory Commission, which also has spent a lot of time talking about the matter, has been divided on whether to recommend continuation of the program. Some, particularly those with direct ties to downtown businesses, cite potential infringement on the customer base available to existing “brick and mortar” establishments. Others agree with a survey that found 84 percent of respondents consider the food carts an enhancement to the downtown’s ambiance.

Allison Laff, a planning operations manager for the city, said commission members have acknowledged the large amount of staff time demanded by the RFQ process, and she predicted that they would support the extension of the permits’ validity to two years. But Councilwoman Judith Brodhead, who is a commission member, didn’t think there would be consensus on that.

“It was not my impression that DAC really cared how much time staff was spending on it,” Brodhead said. “People who don’t like it don’t like it.”

Councilman Grant Wehrli stood firm in his opposition to continuing the program, saying he sees no benefit to the carts’ presence in the downtown before casting the sole council vote against extending the permits and the permitting process.

“The upside doesn’t (outweigh) the amount of work that we put into it, in my opinion,” he said.

Mayor A. George Pradel was among the majority of the council who disagreed.

“I love those carts because of the ambiance,” he said, directing his comments to Wehrli. “But I will tell you that you have a good point, because if we took all money we have spent (on staff time), we could buy everybody a hot dog in Naperville.”

Hinterlong also emphasized the protracted discussions around the subject, but additionally took issue with the claim that the carts cut substantially into the volume seen by the traditional restaurants.

“It doesn’t look like these guys are hurting” the brick and mortar establishments, Hinterlong said. “Either you’re in the mood for a hot dog or you’re in the mood for a steak at Sullivan’s or something.”

Councilman Bob Fieseler also agreed that the time to cut the conversation off had arrived.

“I don’t relish the amount of time we’ve spent on this, but we were in a pickle,” he said. “We needed to catch up to the reality of the situation, and I do think Councilman Hinterlong’s motion cuts the mustard, and frankly, we’re now on a roll, so let’s pass it.”

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Dec 17, 2013
Tim Lester

National Street Food Festival brings 300 recipes under one roof

ticket of `30 and dishes ranging between `10 and `150, the fest is going to appeal to your taste buds without leaving a hole in your pocket.

The state with the most exorbitant menu will be our very own Delhi. Owing to the state’s diversity, on the Capital’s platter would be food originating from all around the country. It includes 22 different stalls and will boast of dishes like butter chicken and rumali roti, tawa seekh kebab, malai chaap, soyabeen chaap, tawa roti and korma, palak pulao, varietes of parathas and naan, spring rolls, fish pakora, chhole bhature, bhelpuri, batatapuri, golgappe, moong daal chilla, dahi papri, and paneer ka tikka.

This is the third edition of the festival being organised by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI). It is not just food, there would be several other activities at the fiesta including cultural programmes and competitions.

Talking about the fest Sangeeta Singh, head of street food program at NASVI, tells us, “Organising such a huge street food festival is in itself a unique and soul searching exercise. The festival would prove to be a myth breaker. It will dispel the misconception that street food is not hygienic and healthy. The food vendors would show how much fresh, hygienic and nutritious their food is. The festival will prove that street food vendors play a wonderful role in an urban setting and they just need support of authorities to avail infrastructure facilities, such as delivery of safe drinking water and proper sanitation.”

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What: National Street Food Festival
When: December 20 to 22
Timings: 12pm to 10pm
Entry: `30
Where: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Pragati Vihar
Nearest Metro Station: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on the Violet Line

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