All fired up and ready to go! Sunderland-based The Calabash Tree, British Street Food Finalist 2017, is serving up knock-out food on 29th July at Tyne Bank Brewery
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. “The idea came from a night out at the Boiler Shop,” says McVay. “I’ve always cooked food for friends and things like that and when we went to the Boiler Shop there was no Caribbean option there, so I thought I’d have a go and then friends talked me into it.”
The Calabash Tree is also available for private hire for dinner parties and hosts pop-ups and supper clubs in the region and recently competed at the central heat of the British Street Food Awards in Birmingham – which is pretty impressive, especially since Ryan has only been knocking out street food for a year.
The next event for The Calabash Tree is Craftworks VII at Tyne Bank Brewery on 29th July which features live music, DJs, street food and beer. You’ll find Ryan serving up customer favourites like Jerk pork belly and curried aloo chicken with rice and peas as well as launching some new dishes from 2pm to late, or until he sells out—whichever happens first!