by Hannah Durham
Pop ups are all the rage right now. From vintage fairs to creative camping, and musical mayhem to street food celebrations, pop ups are, well… popping up all over the UK.
‘Pop ups’, if you’re yet to experience the spontaneous splendour of these unusual events, see open spaces suddenly transformed into a venue for a variety of occasions and audiences.
If we’ve learnt anything from these events, it’s that some of the best food we have on offer to us in the U.K. isn’t found only in the expensive, Michelin-starred restaurants. It’s found on our streets, down alley ways, in old warehouses, and out of little vans.
The pop ups might be temporary but our love for them is here to stay, so we’re bringing you our top 3 pop up foodie events to experience in 2015!
1. Street Food Cardiff
(Source: Street Food Cardiff Instagram)
Where: Most recently seen at The Depot, Dumballs Road, CF10 2EN
When: Friday and Saturday
What: Street Food Cardiff is an event formed by an independent collective of foodies, chefs, cooks and entrepreneurs that aims to offer “great quality food without paying for the white table cloth”.
The pop up most recently took up residence in amongst outdated industrial units where visitors stumble upon “The Depot” to find Street Food Cardiff bring the space to life on weekends to host regular foodie favourites such as Hautedogs, Dirty Bird, Jols Food Co and Dough Boys.
Street Food Cardiff will return in Spring 2015 - Text streetfood CDF and your email to 61211 and be the first to find out where!
2. Digbeth Dining Club
(Source: Digbeth Dining Club Facebook)
Where: Spot*light , Unit 2, Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG
When: Regularly hosted on Friday
What: Digbeth Dining Club is a multi-award winning event that has revolutionised Birmingham’s alternative food scene since it popped up in 2012.
DDC aims to introduce the “best locally sourced ‘street foods’” to Birmingham by offering a platform for “the West Midlands’ finest street artisans to produce incredible food in front of their customers”.
There’s no hiding at the Digbeth Dining Club – the food is cooked fresh, in front of you and at affordable prices (approx. £5-6 a dish). Located in Spot*light, the club brings together the experience of dining with great music and entertainment. Bridging the gap between a post-work drink and night-time antics,DDC offers a great environment to get merry – be that with food, drink, or (preferably) both!
Look out for the Digbeth Dining Club menus coming in 2015 here!
3. Kerb – Weekly Market at Spitalfields
(Source: Kerb Food website)
Where: Lamb Street, Spitalfields
When: 12pm – 2.30pm on Wednesdays
What: Pop up events are not only reserved for the evening, as Kerb have proven with their monthly (turned weekly) Wednesday lunch-time pop up event.
The pop up brings you 7 different traders to help you get over ‘hump day’ with a selection of “proper lunches”. Leave your sandwiches in the office… at this Kerb pop up you can expect everything from soft shell crab burgers to award winning cupcakes!
Hopefully that list has whetted your appetite for street food and got you craving the next wave of pop up events set to hit our streets in 2015!
Keep an eye out for what’s popping up near you in the New Year and share your favourites with us below.
Title Image Source - Digbeth Dining Club Facebook Page