11th May 2019

BiteStreet NN: a new street food event in Northampton

BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates

If there’s one thing I love: IT’S STREET FOOD!

So you can imagine how happy I was when I found out that Northampton was getting it’s own monthly street food event, which consisted of lots of local food producers and street food vendors gathering together to serve the public every Friday night and Saturday.

As a lover of both Northamptonshire and food: I WAS THERE!

It's been over a week since the last event, but I am STILL THINKING ABOUT HOW GOOD IT WAS.

BiteStreet NN is a new pop-up street food event that is held at Duston Mill in Northampton, literally a stone’s throw away from Sixfields. Who knew an empty warehouse would be the perfect location for a street food event?

But it proved that when you bring street food vendors to a local venue, you can create a whole community of food lovers that gather together for a monthly event that celebrates everything local.

BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates
BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates

It’s organised by the same man behind Towcester Food Festival and Northampton Winter Food Festival and has been inspired by other local events such as Eat Street MK.

Crispin is the said man behind this and I must say, he has done a stellar job in executing this event and ensuring all of Northamptonshire and beyond is aware.

Josh and I didn’t hold back in attending its debut weekend on Saturday 4th May. Although the weather was mixed between sunshine and showers, it did not stop us from pigging out. Lots of street food vendors gathered to feed and satisfy the hungry public.

Here’s a ‘taste’ of what we had at the first event:

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Bandit Street Food

To my surprise as we headed towards the entrance, I spotted a familiar face: my old secondary school drama teacher!

It’s been years since I’ve seen Jonathan, but he’s the man behind Bandit Street Food, who create some AMAZING burgers! I knew this was the first street food vendor I had to try…

It was a tough decision between the John Dillinger Burger and the Southern Chick so we decided to go for both and split them between us! Bandit Street Food brought a lot of laughter whilst we waited for our burgers and the wait was worth it.

We both loved the taste of both burgers, but the Southern Chick was defintley the top one for us: crispy chicken with melted habenero cheese on top... dreamy!

Good Times Cafe

I have to thank Sophie etc for this recommendation, as just before we ventured out, I noticed she had posted about ‘the best cheese toasties’ you’ll ever try. I suppose you can say I was ‘influenced’.

You might think... cheese toasties are not your typical street food choice! But I'm here to tell you that if you ever see Good Times Cafe, you need to get yourself there ASAP!

We went over and was greeted with nothing but smiles and the smell of grilled melted cheese. Josh chose the Classic Four Cheese toastie with jalapenos, whilst I went for the same but with Marmite, with some pickled gherkins on the side.

Oh. my. Goodness. That was the best cheese toastie I’ve ever eaten! It was gooey, it was cheesy and dripping in marmite - I LOVED IT. The pickled gherkins were a really nice addition too, despite Josh’s disgust (he’s not a fan!)

Saxby's Cider

Inside, there was a fully functioning bar that had many local pale ale's, gins and more available for guests. But when I saw that Saxby's Cider was there (my absolute FAVOURITE Cider ever) and they had their Strawberry Cider ON TAP - I went straight over!

Their Strawberry Cider is one of my favourites alongside the Rhubarb one, as it's not too overpowering, but has a sweet, subtle taste that makes you want to glug down the whole pint in 2 seconds.

It washed down well with my Classic Four Cheese toastie as we enjoyed the atmopshere.

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BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates
BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates

Obviously, there were other street food vendors there, but being the pigs we are, we were stupidly full of food! So we couldn’t try all of them on this occasion, but here were the street food vendors that attended that we will certainly be going to next time (and I’ll be adding a brief review of their food and photo’s when I get to try food from them!):

Saf’s Kitchen

Safia is the lady behind Saf’s Kitchen, another fabulous recommendation from Sophie, but I was able to first meet them at the Abington Park Spring Food Fair last month - I’m gutted I didn’t have room for their food this time round, but next time I’ll certainly be heading there first!

They specialises in Indian and Pujab street food, which is perfect if you love this type of food! I was lucky enough to try a sample of her Samosa's at Abington Park Museum when she was last there. After having a small sample of her tasty food, I need a bigger portion next time!

The Wood Oven

I’ve had the pleasure of eating pizza from The Wood Oven before, as they regularly come down to Towcester Mill Brewery, on Northampton Road in Towcester every Wednesday night, as well as at the Towcester Sausage and Cider festival.

Their BBQ Pizza is one of the best I've had locally and it's all made in their mobile wood fired pizza oven, which travels locally all round Northamptonshire. The smells that come from the van are mouth-watering.

Baja Cantina

These are literally THE BEST TACO’S!

Baja Cantina are usually found at the majority of local food events, including Althorp Food Festival and Towcester Food Festival. Their Halloumi tacos are on another level of goodness. But I could literally eat their whole van everytime they appear at local events. 

If you love Mexican food from Tacos, fruity salsa, nachos covered in various spicy meats and yummy sauces, Baja Cantina is for you!

BiteStreet NN | Nicole Navigates
BiteStreet NN

Now Now South African Food Co

A new street food vendor for me and one I wish I went up and at least browsed to see what they had to offer.

Now Now South African Food Co are a authentic South African street food vendor who are all about bringing colour and vibrancy to all of their yummy dishes! I'd love to hear if anyone has had the pleasure of eating their food, as I am stupidly intruiged and hope they come to the next event.

Little Urban BBQ

Another street food vendor I wish we went to first time round as I have recently seen this photo of their extreemly juciy looking ribs with gherkins on the side.

Little Urban BBQ specialise in Texas BBQ cooked street food which they serve in their unique wood clad 1969 horsebox. Again, this is a new street food vendor I have recently been introuced to, so once I head to them, I'll be sure to update you on my thoughts!

The Vintage Travelling Tea Room

We did stumble across to the Vintage Travelling Tea Room as we were tempted by some of her sweet treats that ranged from belgian waffles, slices of victoria sponge and chocolate goodies. All the naughty stuff that is oh, so good!

We ventured from outside to the inside, where there was a fully functioned bar serving lots of local drinks on tap, as well as gin, beer and more, whilst their resident DJ was entertaining the guests. It was a brilliant atmosphere for a Saturday daytime and I’m excited to see what the vibe is like when we go on a Friday night.

I noticed as I was writing this blog post how I didn’t get any ‘foodie photos’ of me. I guess I was in no fit state to get photos of myself whilst I stuffed my face with food (obviously, a good thing!)

Though the weather was very mixed, it was never a huge issue as most of the street food vendors have space underneath their vans to shelter whilst you're ordering food, plus there's a big outside tent and obviously the warehouse to go under if the weather is bad.

The atmopshere was mixed, from families, to couples and big groups - BiteStreet NN is certainly an event for everyone who loves food! This is a monthly event that will be running every month until October - hopefully they will keep it going as it's always nice to have more Winter food events!

Also, there's free parking on site!

The next BiteStreet NN will be on Friday 31st May and Saturday 1st June. You can reserve tickets here (tickets are free!)

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Will you be attending the next BiteStreet NN?

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