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The Refugee Mobile Kitchen pop up at Oasis Cardiff – Friday 2 November 2018

Lia from Lia’s Kitchen is bending our ear about a new monthly Cardiff food pop up – with a difference. It’s truly international!

Something really tasty is going on in Splott on Friday 2 November, and on the first Friday of every month from now on! The Oasis Cardiff Refugee Mobile Kitchen is popping-up in the charity’s car park on 69b Splott Road to offer us authentic street food options from around the globe. All the food will be served from a beautiful food trailer and (mostly) by the same people whose recipes have been turned into the street food dishes you will be tasting.

For me the Oasis Refugee Mobile Kitchen helps redefine authentic, world food at our Cardiff doorstep. Its menus to date have showcased Korean, middle-eastern, Albanian and Iranian dishes (to name a few). Dishes on offer include the popular filo pastry pies with crunchy slaw, inspired by two characterful Albanian ladies often volunteering in the Oasis Kitchen, will be on the menu. Kookoo Sabzi, an Iranian frittata bursting with aromatic herbs, made its debut last month and was a great success. It is the favourite dish of one of the key members of the Oasis Cardiff kitchen team, Mohammed. Falafel wraps, inspired by the many cultures sharing their culinary identity, are delivered by Matt Davenport in a delicious recipe with homemade flat breads. Huda’s Sudanese meatballs, one of the most popular dishes of the kitchen so far, always made a return to my delight. And my Hibiscus lemonade, inspired by Reynette Roberts’ (Charity Director) love of hibiscus, is a staple you can always enjoy during those nights.

Kookoo Sabzi – one of many dishes offered on the changing menu

The menu of the Refugee Mobile Kitchen is inspired by the people, who work, volunteer and are supported by Oasis Cardiff.  It comes from its own kitchen, the heart of the charity and where a lot of the people supported by it, find solace, a warm welcome, hope, encouragement and appetite for their new life. I know this well as during the months of April and May 2018, I worked with some of these amazing people to record their recipes and create a menu for the Refugee Mobile Kitchen’s first outing at the Festival of Voice. The first trial event, which inspired the monthly Refugee Kitchen Pop-ups, took place back in May 2018 at the charity’s carpark and it was such a success it had to be follow up on a monthly basis. The process of identifying and showcasing foods of the wonderful team of refugees, asylum seekers and Oasis staff was life-affirming. We weighed, chatted, tasted and wrote everything down. But our work is much more than creating a catering menu. We are taking a snapshot of Cardiff’s existing and emerging culinary heritage.

One of the things that makes me happy about the Oasis Cardiff Refugee Mobile Kitchen is that it has consciously chosen to start its culinary adventure at home in Splott. Splott, unlike other areas of Cardiff, has not had a regular street food event for years. The reception of the pop-ups within the local community is heart-warming – in fact it was local community members who asked for it to be repeated. I am really proud of the legacy of my collaboration with Oasis Cardiff through the Festival of Voice – it is ethical to its core. I am proud that Oasis Cardiff is not just running immediately where the crowds already are, even though it will soon have to venture out to let even more people taste its delights and support its food venture. But most importantly, I am proud it is starting a new food event in an area of Cardiff often overlooked.  And in doing so it provides an engagement for many of the people it supports on a daily basis.

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So, as our beautiful city of Cardiff is compact and accessible, why not take a walk, jump on your bikes, share a lift and get your friends and family over to Oasis Cardiff’s car park. Join me to taste some amazing food, hang-out with great people, and speak to the people whose food you are eating and lives are helping change. The track will be at 69B Splott Road, CF24 2BW from 6.30 till 10pm. And if the weather turns bad there is shelter inside the charity so you really have no excuses! See you there.

Lia Moutselou runs Lia’s Kitchen, an ethical food venture inspired by sustainability, Greek cuisine and world flavours.  Her pop-ups, cooking classes and recipes have gained traction in Cardiff Wales since 2013. Lia’s recipes and food focus on seasonal, ethical and nutritional food, whilst the projects she works on showcase world flavours and global food cultures spreading a message of integration. Lia helped set up and deliver their first Oasis Cardiff Refugee Mobile Kitchen at Festival of Voice 2018.  Follow Lia’s Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for recipes, pop-ups and food stories.

Oasis Cardiff is an organisation that aims to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers to integrate into their local community in Cardiff. The charity provides daily lunches for refugees and asylum seekers, women only sessions, craft sessions and language classes as well as a range of other activities. It celebrated its 10th birthday on 2 October 2018. Follow Oasis Cardiff on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for regular update of all their food and other ventures.

Find out more about Oasis Cardiff Refugee Mobile Kitchen and the charity’s other food ventures, including how to book catering by Oasis by contacting Matt Davenport, matt@oasiscardiff.org, 07814090614.

Volunteer at the Oasis Cardiff Kitchen to help the team deliver their daily kitchen lunches which feed approximate 150 people every day. To express your interested contact Matt, matt@oasiscardiff.org, 07814090614.

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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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Street Food Circus 2016: it’s back!!

Omg you guys, it’s back! Following their success with the John Street circus last year, Street Food Circus are bringing their AWARD WINNING show back into town for a six-week run.

The launch weekend is 18 – 21 August, so if you’ve missed out on Green Man tickets because you were TOO SLOW, then console yourself by spending all weekend stuffing your face with delicious food and drink.

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SFC is a movable feast of nomadic street food traders, vintage trailers, chefs and mixologists who’ve set up camp in Sophia Gardens Bute park, just minutes from Cardiff Castle and Cardiff Central Train Station. Last year the Street Food Circus won Best Street Food event in the UK! Pretty special.

‘Festivals, warehouses, yards, markets – we’ve done them all over the last five years,’ says Simon Thomas, director of Street Food Circus. ‘This summer we’re excited to bring our infamous collective back together to create an unrivalled dining destination that lives up to our name of Best Street Food event in the UK. Sophia Gardens is perfect location to eat alfresco, set amongst an urban oasis of lush greenery. Our aim is to create communal dining experiences that are big on vibes, deliciously different, and street food that is good enough to tweet. The hashtag is #SFC2016, by the way!”

Street Food Circus is an immersive dining experience like no other; a colourful outdoor food festival and night market. It will be open Thursday to Sunday, from 18 August through to 25 September.

Complete with a circus big top for communal dining, 20 rotating artisan food trucks and themed bars featuring the finest local craft ales and beers, this years event promises to be deliciously different.

Some reminders of what happened last year …

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This is Simon with Neil (proprietor of Dirty Bird Fried Chicken – you know, with the controversial cock logo?) talking through Cardiff’s cafe, restaurant and bar scene.

New for Street Food Circus in 2016:

  • Three new food zones
  • Milgi sky yurt sit down supper club restaurant (booking essential)
  • Feast Clwb Membership
  • £5 grazing menu
  • Street Food Thursdays

The Farmyard
The Applecart Cider Bar / Slow Pig / Hang Fire Smokehouse / Brulee Bar / The Pork Society / Crofters / La Froga Racalette / Big Fish Little Fish / The Spanish Gourmet / Dusty Knuckle Pizzas / Mr. Croqewhich / Outpost Coffee / Earlybird
Bakery / Ice Green Vegan Ice Cream

Singha Street
The Purple Popadom Tukka Tuk / Bangkok Cafe / Gopals Curry
Shack / Mr Jerk / Little Bao Peep / Patagonia / Bearded Taco / El
Salsa

The Block
Dirty Bird Fried Chicken / Lolas Wings / Meat & Greek / Cheese
Truck / Science Cream / Pregos Street Food / The Pickled Brisket / Ffwrness Italian Pizza / Got Beef

www.streetfoodcircus.co.uk
Instagram @streetfoodcdf
Twitter @streetfoodcdf

Location: Sophia Gardens, Bute Park, Cardiff

Street Food Circus launch – Facebook event 

Times:  Thursday / Friday 6pm 10pm;
Saturday / 2pm 10pm;
Sunday 12pm 6pm.

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Street Food Cardiff – food pop ups every weekend from now to Christmas!

What are you doing this weekend? If you weren’t planning on heading to The Depot on Dumballs Road, then you better change your plans quick smart. The preview event sold out of EVERYTHING and the food was uber tasty. And that’s from the horse’s mouth.

Street Food Cardiff
The Depot, Dumballs Road (10 minutes walk from Cardiff Central Station)
6-11pm every Friday and Saturday from now until the end of December!

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This weekend as a Halloween Special, there’s a Day of the Dead Slam:

Hautedogs: Steamed bun, Smoked Trealy farm frank, Avocado & Feta Smash, Pickled Red Onions and Chipotle Mayo.

Chucks: Grass Fed Chuck Steak Beef Patty, Brioche Roll, Chipotle Sauce, Jalapeños, American Cheese

Dirty Bird: Dirty Mexican Sandwich, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, Toasted Brioche Roll, Chipotle Sauce and Jalapeños

El Salsa: Trio of slow braised spiced pork tacos, with grilled pineapple & habanero salsa, pico de gallo & chipotle crema. Served with shredded cabbage & lime.

Jols Food co: Braised Beef Cheek, quesadilla with guacamole, braising liquor and manchego.

Brulee Bar: Chocolate Crème Brulee w/ blood orange & tequila jelly, fresh whip & sugared chilli tortilla shards

Dough Boys: Guacamole sauce base, chipotle beef chilli chunks, tortilla crumbs, diced grape tomatoes, fresh cilantro

Meat & Greek: Chicken will be marinated in Mexican spices served with sour cream and jalapeño peppers.

Authentic Japanese Foods: Moon Shaped Mexican Sushi – chilli, thin omlette, seaweed paper & pumpkin & smoked salmon sushi

See you there?

Street Food Cardiff Facebook event