Happy bank holiday weekend!
Hope you’re enjoying the seemingly good weather, fingers crossed it lasts. We both went to the first night of the Street Food Warehouse event in Cardiff on Friday night. You might have noticed that we are food enthusiasts, food is literally our favourite thing and we’ll do anything to try out new food and eateries especially in our local area.
Street Food is getting more and more popular and why on earth not – festivals and events dedicated to food is just the ideal kind of evening for us. WE LOVE IT.
The first thing we did was a quick lap of the site, it’s always good to check out your options and formulate a plan. We’d already decided we were going to buy one of everything and share it, but choosing the order was tough!
The site was fairly small but it had plenty of tables to stand at with outside heaters and a marquee with long bench tables to sit at with other people enjoying their food.
They also had a Warehouse Weekly newsletter with all of the food vendors named with information about each. Unfortunately Dough Boys weren’t there when we were which was a massive disappointment, freshly made pizza is like gold dust and we were disappointed they weren’t there.
That said we made our choice on our first meal and drinks choices and sat down in the marquee.
Passion and Smoke was the first vendor we saw and smelt – it was enough to make me want to jump behind their counter and just get stuck in with a fork. They had beautifully cooked pulled pork and beef brisket with burnt beans and mac n cheese – you could buy these separately or buy one meal – the special no less – and try them all.
Which of course we did!
The Big Betty special cost £9 and consisted of a bun containing the beef brisket, pulled pork, homemade slaw and gravy, plus a generous side of Somerset mature cheddar mac n cheese.
All of which had been cooked inside Big Betty herself, an authentic American pit smoker:
The Big Betty Special comes with a 100% recommendation – the mac and cheese is super creamy and just like your mums should be, and the meat is just out of this world, it falls apart in your mouth and the bread soaks up all of the gravy and its just WOW. Get it, you will not regret it!
We also made good use of the cocktail bar:
We both had a few each, needless to say we were fans of the fruity drinks as it was but the fact they came in chinese takeaway cartons was even better!
So cute and quirky, and also really delicious. Fully worth the £5 price tag.
Next on offer was Rad Burger, juicy burgers with grilled halloumi and a side of rosemary fries too if you want.
We skipped the fries due to wanting to try more courses but seeing other people eating them I did want them, they looked perfectly cooked and the rosemary seasoning looked great!
Here’s the burger, I always loved seeded buns so this was a good start.
Again the meat was really good, the halloumi was too but I would have liked more – can never say no to more cheese!
Next was M’s favourite – Mr Churro!
Almost every food festival has churros and I am rather partial to the melted chocolate sauce that comes with it, yum!
Last on our food menu was one of the Pastel de Nata from Nata and Co Portuguese bakery. Having seen them on the StreetFood Warehouse Facebook page we both knew we had to try it, it was described as a custard cake, in pastry.
Their food all looked amazing and the chorizo bread would have been amazing if we had room!
There were so many more tarts and sweet pastries that we wanted to buy and take with us but we didn’t have room in our bags either.
The Pastel de Nata did not disappoint, as someone who is not a fan of jelly and therefore not a fan of custard slices, I wasn’t sure if this would be something I would like. I would buy these forever if I could! The custard wasn’t jelly-ish at all and was perfectly formed, it was gorgeous.
One vendor we didn’t manage to try was Meat in the Middle, who sold burgers, fries and hotdogs from a lovely red ice cream van.
They also had Pitch Eatery at the event but my photos have turned out so blurry they’re unuseable! Nightmare. I’ve looked them up on Facebook though and will certainly be dropping in, the food looks amazing.
Unfortunately we didn’t have any more room but also we didn’t want another burger, the only downside we could see to the Street Food Warehouse so far was that a lot of the food was too similar, lots of meat in buns and a bit more variety would have been preferable.
Another thing we liked? The copious amount of kitchen roll available on the table, this is a place for eating and not worrying about what you look like!
We’d definitely recommend going to the Street Food Warehouse whilst it is running, you can reserve tickets if you require or turn up and queue at the time slot you want, it’s £2 per person.
Hopefully we will go again and there will be a bit more variety there, Dough Boys would be a great addition as would a chicken or spicy food vendor, Thai or Indian would also break up the burger type foods.
Do you like going to food events like this? Are you a fan of slow cooked meats like pulled pork and beef brisket?
How cute are cocktails?!
L and M xxx