From Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd February, Rockliffe Hall is hosting its first Artisan Food Fair to launch its eight-day Festival of Food. Taking place from 10am to 4pm each day, the Artisan Food Fair is the perfect day out for food and drink lovers and includes stalls of artisan produce, street food, spirit schools and live chef demonstrations.
Here’s the low down on all the street food traders at the event:
The Calabash Tree
The Calabash Tree uses flavours from Trinidad and Tobago, two iconic islands that nestle off the coastline of South America at the base of the Caribbean, to create authentic and vibrant Caribbean street food. Set up by Ryan McVay in 2016 (who is actually a full-time firefighter!), The Calabash Tree aims to fill a gap in the street food market by offering customers delicious Caribbean street food that is packed full of vibrant ingredients and flavours.
Fire & Dough
Best friends Ross Keady and John Nicholson, from Hexham, have set up Fire & Dough which serves traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas from a stylish wood-fired pizza van. Customers can expect bold flavours, experimental options, old favourites, plenty of local ingredients and fresh dough made by hand daily.
Grumpy Panda Food is an independent, local, family-run business and the North East’s only American-style vegan diner! Everything on the menu is vegan, and they make their own ‘eggs’, ‘cheese’ and ‘meats’ on site and from scratch. They have a cafe in Gateshead, but will be bringing all their best sellers to the Artisan Food Fair.
Gone are the days of boring breads with uninspired fillings. Hatch76, set up by professional chef Alexander Hindson, is coming to Rockliffe Hall’s Artisan Food Fair in a vintage 1976 J7 van and putting hot tasty treats into toasted Artisan rolls and subs.
The Little Fishy
The Little Fishy was created from an idea to transform the British classic of fish and chips for the modern consumer. One of the most popular street food vendors in the North East, The Little Fishy serves up fish and chips with a modern twist, made to order using fresh, sustainable and locally-sourced produce (all the fish comes from North Shields Fish Quay).
You don’t need to travel to Alnwick to taste Mivesi’s best dishes. This authentic Bangladeshi restaurant has branched out into street food, selling the high quality dishes found in the restaurant at food festivals – so tuck into warming curries and enjoy a spice sensation.
Having recently made the transition from purely serving street food to opening their own restaurant, the team at Papa Ganoush have been very busy! That’s not to say that they’ve entirely left their street food beginnings behind. Serving delicious Eastern Mediterranean dishes full of flavour – Papa Ganoush will be joining us at Rockliffe Hall this February!
Selling Greek gyros, snacks and sides – everything is handmade and there are also options suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Try the new Vegetarian Halloumi Gyros with salad.
Owned by Nicholas Ling and daughter Raine, Smokey Joe’s Traditional German Sausage is a family-run catering business that sells traditional Bratwursts, smokey krakauers and cheese krakauers.
This popular restaurant in Durham is taking to the road in their new van for the Artisan Food Fair. Get your hands on burgers, hot dogs, nachos, fries – or a family box to feed a crowd.
Tynemouth Coffee Company
Freshly roasted and lovingly prepared, the Tynemouth Coffee Company offers small batch artisan coffee. With an unrivalled selection of global blends and tastes they are a coffee lover’s delight. Perfect for a February afternoon, the Tynemouth Coffee Company will be at the Artisan Food Fair to keep you warm!
Zucchini Pasta Bar
Zucchini is a casual pasta bar, serving hand rolled fresh egg pasta to the beautiful people of Newcastle. They now have a pasta van, serving up street-food style at events, including their popular beef shin ragu and italian sausage tagliatelle ragu.
Main image of The Little Fishy by Chocolate Chip Photography.