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Feast Fest is here!

Cardiff is slowly but surely becoming street food city, quite literally, and Feast Fest is one of our favourite ventures to be launched this year!

Feast Fest is launching a colourful outdoor ‘feastival’ on Womanby Street, with five weekends of street food, farmers market, music, vintage clothing, vinyl sales, skate competitions, DJs, craft beers, art exhibitions and much more.

Feast Fest – Facebook event page

The top street food traders in Wales, along with local food producers will be offering kerbside dining every Saturday and Sunday from July 29 to August 26.

Womanby Street is the city’s alternative heartland, just a two-minute stroll from the Castle and five minutes from the central train station. The street has some of the best loved music venues, bars, restaurants, indie shops, tap and ale houses in the city, and is often where we end up after a long night of hard drinking and fast dancing.

The bars and venues will be opening to provide daytime entertainment, craft beers, wines and much more. Award-winning street food chef Jamie O‘Leary of Jols Food Co, who is spearheading the event, said:

“As a chef I’ve grown to love the street food experience – the reward is seeing the customer’s face light up as they watch their meal cooked and handed to them moments later. With ‘Feast Fest’ I intend to put the street food experience back where it should be – on the street. And Womanby Street is such a rich, cultural and vibrant location in the capital – with the recent Save Womanby Street campaign it became apparent that this is a street that the citizens of Cardiff are proud of and therefore an ideal location for a summer-long food market.”

The market will be open at weekends between 12-7pm. Traders appearing on rotation at Feast Fest include Annand George Tuk Tuk, Jols Food Co, Rule of Tum Burgers, Dusty Knuckles Pizza Co, Mr Croquewich, Rackdogs, Shwarmarama, Ffwrnes Pizza, The Bearded Taco, Science Cream, Dixies Vintage Ice creams, The Pork Society, Mighty Soft shell Crab, Shelly’s, EL Chilango and Got Beef.

For full details on trader line up, farmers market and weekly entertainment keep an eye on the website www.feastfestcardiff.com and Facebook @feastfestcardiff 

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Street Food Circus 2016 – two more weeks of delicious food to go

If you’ve been down to Sophia Gardens over recent weekends, chances are you would have seen the bright lights and smelled the incredible smells wafting over from the Street Food Circus. We went down there this weekend to celebrate @phoenixlily‘s birthday, and ended up hanging out in the sunshine stuffing our faces for five hours on Saturday.

You’ve got TWO MORE WEEKENDS to enjoy the Street Food Circus … and to entice you, this is what’s there …

 

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As proprietor Simon told me, “this is not a place you come to count calories. This is not a place to come and think about tomorrow. This is a place to come and celebrate today.”

And spend £17 on Science Cream (oh hell yes, we did!).

Other things we very much enjoyed: Hangfire SmokeHouse ribs, Brother Thai’s vegan mushroom roti, Milgi’s peach and paneer kebabs.

By far the most oustanding food award (unofficial) from We Are Cardiff goes to Anand George’s tuk tuk: located in the Asian quarter (yes, there is one): the samosa chaat and Keralan chicken and chips were amongst the tastiest things we have ever eaten. Literally.

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If you haven’t tasted the delights of the Street Food Circus yet, you’ve got TWO MORE WEEKENDS to forget the calories and feast!

Street Food Circus: located in Sophia Gardens (next to the National Express Coach Station, follow the River Taff and look for the BigTop).

Open Friday – Sunday 16-18 and 23-25 September

Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday: 2pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm

For more info visit www.streetfoodcircus.co.uk

Thanks to photojournalist Emily Jayne for the pictures in this article: Emily moved to Cardiff a couple of years ago, having studied photography five years ago at college, she took a few years out of education and completed a foundation course in Journalism and Media at Cardiff University last year. She considered carrying on with the full degree but found the BA Photojournalism course at USW which she decided to switch to instead, and hasn’t looked back. Keep up with Emily’s work here: Emily Jayne Photojournalist website.

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Get your nom on! Street Food Circus back for the August Bank Holiday Fiesta!

Does anyone else feel like this year has been a crazy indulgent mess of a year so far?? This morning I seriously considered getting myself one of those calorie-counter apps … until I realised:

a) it’s the weekend

b) Street Food Circus is on

c) THEY’VE GOT A £5 TASTER MENU GOING ON!

So I’m just going to forget about it and stuff myself until you guys need to break down the wall of my house to lift me out with a crane.

Anyway, on with the show … the Street Food Circus is BACK in Sophia Gardens this weekend, for their Bank Holiday Fiesta! Open Thursday – Monday this weekend (details at the bottom of this post) in Sophia Gardens, Bute Park.

EAT THE STREET! Introducing the Street Food Circus’ £5 taster menu!

Here’s what you’ll be able to scoff this weekend …
Bearded Taco
Gin & Tonic Tempura avocado taco topped with honey and lemon slaw and chipotle aioli served with salted tortilla chips and homemade salsa (v)

Brother Thai
Thai Roti – A freshly cooked soft and flaky paratha with your filling of choice, Thai herbs and salad slaw with pickle dressing. (vo)

Brulee Bar
Madagascan Vanilla creme brulee with fresh strawberries, a scoop of vanilla ice cream and shortbread biscuit. (v)

Big Fish Little Fish
Crab flatbread smothered in garlic butter served with crispy sweet chilli slaw

Cheese Truck
Fondue fries – Three Cheese fondue sauce over golden fries (v)

Crofters
Shawarma lamb with mint yoghurt and roasted butternut squash

Dirty Bird
Dirty Posh Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Parmesan, Truffle oil, Chives and Pickled Celery

Dusty Knuckle
Deconstructed pizza with ferment’s, pickles and slaws (vo)

Early Bird Bakery
Mini brioche doughnut bites with Halen Mon salted caramel, banana cream & candied walnuts (v)

Ffwrness (on rotation)
Snacking Salami & Bruschetta (vo)

Gopals Curry Shack
Pakora Chaat salad box-mini pakoras, Masala dhal, jaipur slaw, mint & coriander chutney, yogurt, chaat Masala & pomegranate, red onion and coriander garnish (v)

Got Beef
PBNBJ- Peanut butter, beer jelly, American cheese, bacon, Welsh black, secret sauce and crispy onions.

Hang Fire (Fri/Sat Only)
Louisiana Red Gumbo served in a bread bowl

Ice Green
The Lemon Meringue Waffle:
1 waffle with lemon curd vegan ice cream and crushed meringue pieces. (v) (gf)

La Ffogga
Original Raclette, Grilled Cheese avalanched over a bed of new potatoes with gherkins and pickled onions (v)

Little Bao Peep
Red Pulled Pork, Wasabi Mayo, Pickled Cucumber, Peanut & Oreo Powder

Lola’s Wings
Bleu cheese fries topped with a saucy wing

Meat & Greek
Keftedes – Greek Cypriot meatballs handmade and deep fried served with a lemon wedge.

Mighty Soft Shell Crab
Soft Shell Crab Tempura with sweet chilli sauce

Mr Croquewich
Petit Croquewich served with potato croquettes, reblochon cheese dipping sauce and sweet pickled vegetables (v)

Patagonia
Deep Fried beef shin and Gruyere bites

Pickled Brisket
Salt Beef glazed brioche slider x2 with choice of pickles and cheese.

Pork Society
Confit belly bites, Asian veg and chilli soy dressing.

Purple Poppadom
Slow cooked beef brisket two ways with aromatic spices, homemade leavened bread, pickles, chutney and gram flour vermicelli

Pregos Street Food
Griddled Chicken Piri Piri and grilled pepper wrap

Science Ice Cream
Handmade ice cream malted chocolate chip sandwich (v)

Sea Dogs
Seaside Popcorn, Crispy Mussels, cockles and fish with pickled slaw. Chilli vinegar and cornish seaweed salt (BSFA winner 2015)

Slowpig (on rotation)
Nduja Scotch Egg / Lettuce wrap (pork or lamb) / Charcuterie plate, pickled rhubarb
Scratchings, pickled apple / Pig’s head nuggets, pickled blackberries / Albondigas

Spanish Buffet
Vegan Paella with seasonal veg, rice and beans (v)

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen
Spiced vegan bean stew with jollof rice and caramelised plantain chips. (v)

STREET FOOD CIRCUS: BANK HOLIDAY FIESTA DETAILS

Opening hours:

Thursday: 5pm – 11pm
Friday: 5pm – 11pm
Saturday: 2pm – 11pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
Monday: 12pm – 6pm

* 20 of the tastiest independent street food traders
* £5 taster dishes from every trader
* Craft cider, beer and ales
* SFC Margaritas
* Circus Big Top Dining
* Singha Street – Asian food area
* Easy Parking
* Guest DJs and busking bands
* Milgi Pop-Up Restuarants
* Feast Clwb Thursdays

A festival vibe in the heart of the Cardiff! More taste, More Flavour

Location: Sophia Gardens
We’re next to the National Express Coach Station, follow the River Taff and look for the BigTop.

For more info visit www.streetfoodcircus.co.uk

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