CARDIFF’S MUCH LOVED STREET FOOD IS BACK!
Since 2014, the people of Cardiff have been greeted every year with the presence of Street Food Cardiff. Although its location has changed since its origins, Street Food Cardiff is back with a bang in Sophia Gardens this year, with a whole host of independent traders ready to tempt Cardiffians.
Formerly known as the Street Food Circus, this event will be running from August 25th – September 25th. Taking place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between these dates with different traders present every weekend, the organisers are keeping things interesting, keeping you coming back for more mouth watering treats every weekend. There are 20 vendors in total so make sure you check who will be at the event before attending – Twitter can help you with this. Now Wales’ biggest pop-up street food event, it’s not a surprise that it has attracted such a large following from across Wales and wider afield.
We’ve come to expect a foodie focus in major UK cities like London and Bristol and for quite some time, they’ve really stolen the show with their food offerings, tempting food lovers in Wales to cross the bridge to satisfy their cravings. But in the last few years, despite some journalist comments that suggests otherwise (let’s not even go there), we’ve seen Cardiff develop into an independent foodie hotbed with a wide variety of cuisines to choose from. The growing emphasis placed on independent food venues and the support behind the talented individuals who choose to set up these venues has been phenomenal. The Early Bird, a crowd funded bakery set up in the heart of Cathays is a testament to this, even making an appearance at Street Food Cardiff on its opening weekend of 2017- we can’t seem to get enough of them! But we’ve also witnessed businesses like Got Beef start on the street food circuit to then go on and successfully set up their own stores – Got Beef is now established on Whitchurch Road and in Canton much to the delight of its loyal fan base.
Also, there are the usual suspects who make the rounds at Cardiff’s foodie events, one of which includes Meat and Greek. This stall has become somewhat of a national treasure and the family that run it local celebrities on the street food circuit. Most recently its appearance at Cardiff Bay’s Food Festival saw queues trailing along Roald Dahl Plas with hopeful customers patiently waiting to get their hands on one of the delicious dishes on offer. We would also expect to see the famous Science Cream at any of one these street food events with their liquid nitrogen and goggles in tow. It featured a stall at the opening weekend of Street Food Cardiff this year and as pointed out by Cardiff Mummy Says, queues were very large probably thanks to the gorgeous albeit slightly unexpected weather that we saw in Cardiff on Bank Holiday Weekend.
Perhaps these events show us that we don’t just want traditional dining anymore but we welcome colourful foodie alternatives that force us to branch out and try a whole host of different flavours that we may not experience in a restaurant format. Perhaps we’re just greedy and want a little bit everything. But a big positive for vendors is that these events are a great opportunity for businesses to showcase their talent and the true level of food variation that we can present across city.
This event is on open on Fridays from 5pm-11pm, Saturdays from 10am-11pm and Sundays from 10am until late. Before 12pm, you can get in for free before 12pm or it’s £2 entry afterwards. Good news for parents – under 18s can go free!