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We’ve been eating here there and everywhere this year – by a giant map of Britain made from cake, in Jesmond at Spring Graze, in the lovely Hotel du Vin courtyard, and not forgetting by the Tyne at the big EAT! weekend, but there’s still time before the clocks go back for one more street food party.

Urban Night Feast is the brainchild of Indian born but local private chef Maunika Gowardhan and features a dozen or so street food stalls packed into the Boiler Shop, always an interesting location.

urban night feast newcastle eatsLocal favourites at the event include street-food first-timer David Kennedy, with some middle-eastern wraps that we can’t wait to get stuck into, as well as Marco Polo with their dead canny little new pizza van.

We’re sure to grab a load of goodies from relative street food experts The Broad Chare, and always curious to see what Riley’s Fish Shack are putting out. Interestingly, Maunika and team have decided to not keep it 100% local, with additions like the much-hyped Rib Man (“best ribs in London”) dishing out something sorely lacking in the region, and choosing Horn OK Please in favour of usuals like Dabbawal or Sachins – I guess if they pass Maunika’s test then they must be good!

We’ll be there, Thurs-Saturday 27-29 September from 6pm onwards, probably with a pulled pork cone (above!) and a pint of Wylam. Get yourself along if you’re remotely interested in good food.

(Full press release follows)


Unique food event taking place in North East

A new food festival first is coming to the North East – this time an Urban Night Feast.

This exciting event brings together some of the UK’s best street food vendors along with top regional based chefs.

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.

Nationally recognised cooks and attractions include Rachel McCormack, a regular panellist on BBC Radio 4s food programme, The Kitchen Cabinet. In the last two years she established Catalan Cooking and has run a street food stall in Maltby Street Market, London for some time. She will be bringing her now legendary cod doughnuts to the market along with other traditional Catalan dishes that are rarely seen in the UK.

New London-based Indian street food vendor, Horn OK Please, will be manning a dosa and chaat stand. They have attracted huge attention from London’s food bloggers. Elsewhere Mexican and southern street food will be offered by El Kantina.

On hand supplying a range of regional hand crafted ales will be award-winning Wylam Brewery.

Entry will be free with each street food and drink vendor charging a discounted rate.

More traders and cooks will be confirmed in the coming weeks. For more information and regular updates please visit the website or follow on twitter @urbannightfeast

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