Newcastle’s Street Food Fantasia!

Street Food Instruction

 We joined an unfeasibly long queue of Tyne and Wear’s trendiest, behind Newcastle Central station  for the Urban Night Feast last weekend. All kinds of vendors representing street food from around the world were operating a giant mobile kitchen with funky food and very funky music, to accompany the eating, drinking and mingling. The somewhat unusual venue is the Boiler House, which was originally Robert Stephenson’s purpose built Locomotion works, and it is where he built the famous “Locomotion” and “Rocket” engines. The Stephenson works is now part of the Stephenson Quarter, an up and coming event venue.

Brits love a queue

 The concept was the idea of Newcastle based Indian chef Maunika Gowardhan. She said of her idea ” The North East is getting a  growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Hosting through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.”
And variation and atmosphere there most definitely was. A free event which would have most likely had a hefty entrance fee if it had been South of Watford, I was impressed with the range and quality of the food on offer and the imagination with which it was presented. Alcohol was served by the pop up Wylam Brewery bar whose strap line is ‘proper beer.’ No more explanation needed really. There were also lots of unusual looking cocktails about with Purl the London cocktail company leading the way with alcoholic innovation.

Martini men

Apparently, the word purl refers to an old English drink consisting of warm ale, gin, wormwood and spices.
and the aim of their original purl bar in London was to ‘add new flare and creativity to forgotten libations.’ On offer on this particular occasion were bubblegum martinis which I didn’t especially fancy but their cocktail making sessions were sold out. There was also some rather scrummy cloudy Prosecco which is fermented in the bottle and has a lot less sugar than the usual sort. And it was served by a genuine Italian so it must be good.

Get me a glass now..

 The website describes the Prosecco as ‘unique in its character and honesty with unpretentious drink ability.’  I enjoy all those wine descriptions nearly as much as I enjoy drinking the wine. My favourite is still an English white white from Chapeldown vineyards in Surrey which was described as ‘racy and upfront.’ Fantastic. In the food department there were plenty of tasty choices. We tried some Monkfish cheeks in a spicy ginger sauce from local vendor Riley’s Fish Shack in a flour tortilla which was A1 and some portable local pub grub in the form of take away freshly made scotch eggs and pork pies from local restaurant The Broad Chare whose strap line is ‘proper food.’ I see a theme emerging here. The scotch eggs were actually my favourite bite of the night.

Eggstremely good

is fast establishing a national and international reputation. She said of her idea: “The North East is getting a growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Holding it through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.” – See more at: http://www.newcastleeats.co.uk/post/31933208357/urban-night-feast-newcastle#sthash.fchypOg7.dpuf
Held over three nights in the funky and industrial setting of Silverlink’s historic Boiler Shop, in the Stephenson area of the city centre, there will be street food from Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Mexico, India, Vietnam and India. There will be pulled pork, jerk chicken, Indian chaat, grilled chorizo, Thai pork noodle soup, paella and Catalan style cod doughnuts and much more. Street vendors will travel from around the region, Manchester, Leeds and London. Urban Night Feast will come to life between 6pm to 12midnight.
The organiser is Newcastle-based Indian food chef and writer Maunika Gowardhan who is fast establishing a national and international reputation. She said of her idea: “The North East is getting a growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Holding it through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.”
– See more at: http://www.newcastleeats.co.uk/post/31933208357/urban-night-feast-newcastle#sthash.fchypOg7.dpuf

Luardos a London based Mexican Street food specialist won the most eye catching stall of the night award with giant flowers, a huge illuminated sign and a friendly Skeleton holding the Burrito menu. They say ‘It’s all about the Ingredients.’ Course it is! Luardo gets get fresh chillies, properly ripe avocados, limes, fresh herbs, vine toms, welfare-friendly meat, speciality Mexican products and all sorts of other produce delivered every morning. Yum!

Mexican magic from Luardo

Urban Night Feast – taking place in Newcastle on September 27-29 – will offer an international mix of freshly cooked street food along with beers, wines, cocktails and live music.
Held over three nights in the funky and industrial setting of Silverlink’s historic Boiler Shop, in the Stephenson area of the city centre, there will be street food from Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Mexico, India, Vietnam and India. There will be pulled pork, jerk chicken, Indian chaat, grilled chorizo, Thai pork noodle soup, paella and Catalan style cod doughnuts and much more. Street vendors will travel from around the region, Manchester, Leeds and London. Urban Night Feast will come to life between 6pm to 12midnight.
The organiser is Newcastle-based Indian food chef and writer Maunika Gowardhan who is fast establishing a national and international reputation. She said of her idea: “The North East is getting a growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Holding it through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.”
Celebrated regional chefs will include Terry Labourne and his head chef Chris Eagle at The Broad Chare; there will also be David Kennedy of Food Social preparing Turkish and Lebanese style food; former Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, of Sunderland-based Beehive Bakery will be service tempting puddings.
Another local vendor will be Adam and Lucy Riley from Riley’s Fish Shack who will be cooking fresh fish and flat breads on a flame grilling machine, which appeared at the inaugural Tynemouth Food Festival in May this year. Well known regional fishmonger Latimer’s Seafood will also be taking part.
– See more at: http://www.newcastleeats.co.uk/post/31933208357/urban-night-feast-newcastle#sthash.fchypOg7.dpuf
Urban Night Feast – taking place in Newcastle on September 27-29 – will offer an international mix of freshly cooked street food along with beers, wines, cocktails and live music.
Held over three nights in the funky and industrial setting of Silverlink’s historic Boiler Shop, in the Stephenson area of the city centre, there will be street food from Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Mexico, India, Vietnam and India. There will be pulled pork, jerk chicken, Indian chaat, grilled chorizo, Thai pork noodle soup, paella and Catalan style cod doughnuts and much more. Street vendors will travel from around the region, Manchester, Leeds and London. Urban Night Feast will come to life between 6pm to 12midnight.
The organiser is Newcastle-based Indian food chef and writer Maunika Gowardhan who is fast establishing a national and international reputation. She said of her idea: “The North East is getting a growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Holding it through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.”
Celebrated regional chefs will include Terry Labourne and his head chef Chris Eagle at The Broad Chare; there will also be David Kennedy of Food Social preparing Turkish and Lebanese style food; former Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, of Sunderland-based Beehive Bakery will be service tempting puddings.
Another local vendor will be Adam and Lucy Riley from Riley’s Fish Shack who will be cooking fresh fish and flat breads on a flame grilling machine, which appeared at the inaugural Tynemouth Food Festival in May this year. Well known regional fishmonger Latimer’s Seafood will also be taking part.
– See more at: http://www.newcastleeats.co.uk/post/31933208357/urban-night-feast-newcastle#sthash.fchypOg7.dpuf

Other vendors proffered more familiar street food options like hot dogs, pizza and burgers. Big Apple Hot Dogs and Fundi Pizza were representing the South of England and Fundi had carted  their rather substantial looking wood fire pizza all the way. New Urban Feast attendee Fat Hippo was holding the fort for the North. Based in Jesmond they were there with their hand made burgers with a new flavour on offer, involving peanut butter at some juncture. 

Just big boned..

 There was also a ‘mobile art installation’ which we got into trouble for leaning against. It looked like a giant coloured stripey wall with a bit of a face on it to me. I absolutely loved the music which was all a bit 70’s funk when we were there. There were real turntables and real vinyl on display but were they just for show and was everything really being played through the computer anyway? This point was hotly debated and I hope someone out there can resolve it for me… I’m not sure what Robert Stephenson would have made of the Urban Feast night but it was nice to see his shed back in use.Top night out. Put it in your diary for next month…

Don’t lean on the ART

Urban Night Feast – taking place in Newcastle on September 27-29 – will offer an international mix of freshly cooked street food along with beers, wines, cocktails and live music.
Held over three nights in the funky and industrial setting of Silverlink’s historic Boiler Shop, in the Stephenson area of the city centre, there will be street food from Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Mexico, India, Vietnam and India. There will be pulled pork, jerk chicken, Indian chaat, grilled chorizo, Thai pork noodle soup, paella and Catalan style cod doughnuts and much more. Street vendors will travel from around the region, Manchester, Leeds and London. Urban Night Feast will come to life between 6pm to 12midnight.
The organiser is Newcastle-based Indian food chef and writer Maunika Gowardhan who is fast establishing a national and international reputation. She said of her idea: “The North East is getting a growing reputation for food festivals. This time I wanted to bring the best of the UK’s street food specialists together in Newcastle to showcase the variation and best there is. Holding it through an evening with live music just adds to the colour and atmosphere.”
Celebrated regional chefs will include Terry Labourne and his head chef Chris Eagle at The Broad Chare; there will also be David Kennedy of Food Social preparing Turkish and Lebanese style food; former Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, of Sunderland-based Beehive Bakery will be service tempting puddings.
Another local vendor will be Adam and Lucy Riley from Riley’s Fish Shack who will be cooking fresh fish and flat breads on a flame grilling machine, which appeared at the inaugural Tynemouth Food Festival in May this year. Well known regional fishmonger Latimer’s Seafood will also be taking part.
– See more at: http://www.newcastleeats.co.uk/post/31933208357/urban-night-feast-newcastle#sthash.fchypOg7.dpufRobert Stephenson, along with three partners, opened the world’s first purpose built locomotive works on Forth Banks, Newcastle upon Tyne. Robert, at the age of 19, was the Managing Partner.
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