Belgrave’s Street Feast was back on the weekend, with the World Cup in full flow some of this month’s street food traders had embraced this with vigour, bringing the essence of South America to the Belgrave, using it as inspiration for their street food snacks.
As always Belgrave’s in-house regulars were in attendance – Dough Boys, Patty Smith’s, Noisette Bakes and Laynes Espresso were doing their thing. One of the best things about street feast is always the mix of cuisines available in one place, with this in mind Belgrave’s food guru Ben Davy had drafted in a great bunch of traders to get your teeth into:
Hay having spent the last few weeks wowing visitors of Trinity Kitchen with their take on South American flavours, were now serving up their version of Chivito on the roof terrace BBQ. Chivito a national dish from Uruguay, consisting of a thin slice of steak topped with mozzarella, tomatoes, mayonnaise. Not to be outdone there was also it’s meat-free counterpart, named Vegito with Portobello mushroom filling on the go. At the helm was Alice with her trusty side-kick Meg ‘sanga slinging’ to the masses into the early hours, whilst England played Italy in the opening match of the World Cup.
The Beasty Boys with nose to tail South American street food. Just from sampling a taster of their ham hock empanada, I quickly got sucked in to having a triple whammy combo of Chicken & Ox Tongue, Hare and rabbit, Smoked ham hock & pigs trotter! If that wasn’t enough it was accompanied by two different pickles, two chilli sauces, ketchup and chimichurri sauces- all homemade. Wonderfully light, flaky pastry and full flavoured meaty fillings really hit the spot. Nicely accompanied with a whole host of extras flavour and textures.
Afsaneh’s Kitchen had a wonderful array Persian food with a medley of dishes, such as a Mezze with Barbari bread, Persian Sandwiches filled with Saffron Chicken or Chargrilled Aubergine. Also a Chickpea stew with saffron rice. Everything looked so beautiful in particular the bejewelled bulgur wheat salad with pomegranate seeds and vibrant colour from the smoked aubergine, tomato and garlic dip.
Le Petit Banh Mi – this French/Vietnamese duo had their yummy Banh Mi sandwiches filled with Pork, Beef or tofu, also the option for a rice paper rolled with any chosen filling.
Afrikhokho – Cocoa confectionary wearing its heart on its sleeve, its founder Chris was born and raised in South Africa and he’s used this as the inspiration for his business. Combining African recipes with a clever use of flavours, in particular cocoa they had an intriguing range of baked goods on display.
Indie Ices – Mike Tattersall had conjured up a fantastic mix of lollies, ice-creams and kulfi, they all sounded fab, but the Cardamom and rose syrup kulfi sang out to me. It had a lovely balance of creaminess, a hint of cardamom and rose, not too overpowering and perfumey! The perfect antidote to the chilli heat I’d got from Jim at Grub & Grog Shop.
Pitta Palace – these lovely ladies were at their first street feast, dishing up Pittas ready to go with hot and fiery Piri Piri Chicken, Beef and chorizo stew, also Feta and olive or Falafel fillings.
The Grub & Grog Shop had ‘A taste of Brazil’ with Chimichurri steak skewers and Yuca fritters. I sampled a tasty skewer with its mega juicy steak, heat and a mellow chimichurri sauce.
Hepworth’s Deli had a glorious display of goodies, with a fantastical array of sweet and savoury treats, also a great pick & mix salad bar.What’s your favourite street food vendor been so far, any you’d love to see for the first time or return to the Belgrave? Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen 1-1A Cross Belgrave Street Leeds LS2 8JP 0113 234 6160