March has seen the beginning of a newcomer in the street food event arena. You may roll your eyes, “another one – hasn’t that been done already” being uttered from your lips. Let me tell you, this one is worth venturing out for.
The location is Upper Campfield Market on Deansgate every Friday until the end of May. The name is #FridayFoodFight by B.Eat Street. The food is provided by a smattering of local street food vendors dotted with Manchester restaurants joined by craft beers, ciders and cocktails accompanied by various local DJ sets giving the perfect start to your Friday night out.
In the interest of research I popped along to the first Friday Food Fight which saw local street food vendors Love From The Streets and Honest Crust stood alongside popular restaurants Solita and Nutters to name but a few. The biggest queue throughout the evening was for Love From The Streets and, sampling their Caribbean street box, it was clear to see why. Spicy and flavourful jerk chicken, juicy beef and oxtail curry, dirty bean rice to soak up all the flavours, crunchy yet light ‘badboy’ slaw and a mini beef patty all for £6. This completely defeated me seeing any further food a distant dream.
After it had settled a little I decided it would be rude not to visit the Sugar Rush Gals and their array of tempted desserts. Not a pitiful cupcake in sight, and yes I know I am usually a fan, I went for an ice cream sandwich. Manchester’s best Penelopes ice cream served in a warmed chocolate chip studded brioche bun adorned with a sparkler. I had the cupcake ice cream, to give a nod to my blog name you understand, and it’s sweetness against the buttery flavours of the brioche bun meant I crammed in far more than any normal human should.
Friday Food Fight is the perfect way to start your Friday night with some epic tunes and craft drinks to boot, why wouldn’t you want to pay a visit? I suggest you go this week to visit personal favourites Bobby’s Bangers (home of the award winning Bombay bad boy sausage serving ‘roast on a post’ – a Sunday roast on a stick for the occasion!) and Shake, Maroc and Roll (for Moroccan food like you have never seen before in Manchester). Tunes will be provided by Funkademia for the perfect soul, funk and disco tracks to set up your evening. I’ll be there attempting to share my food so as to try and fit more in, attempting being the operative word…
The meal at Love From The Streets was provided for free. All other items were paid for.