On the 28th March, our Sheffield Students’ Union decided to put on the first of (what I hope) will be a recurring Street Food event on the University Concourse, starting at 6pm sailing through until 11pm. A first of its kind for the University, it is a street food event stretching for five hours with different food vendors, a DJ, live music and a bar underneath the concourse.
Having attended both of the events that they have held, I can say that it was very popular! The first night of the Market was on a beautiful hot day where I’d been sat in the University Arms beer garden with my friends drinking, and then we rolled down to the concourse and ate as much as we could! It was so busy that some vendors were making people wait about half an hour for food but it was definitely worth it. The second event was held only a couple of weeks ago on the 9th May was just as good as they had a few more vendors that they hadn’t had at the previous event. The only downside was the bad weather but that didn’t stop my friends and I from devouring kebabs from The Greedy Greek Deli or a crepe from Madame Crepe – both of whom were at the first event and had huge queues all night!
There are a variety of vendors available, either serving options for all dietary requirements, or solely vegan and vegetarian traders. The Vegan Burger Club is (as you guessed from its name) solely vegan and do fantastic burgers and a seitan hot dog. At the first event there was the original Sheffield famous Street Food Vendor – John’s Van himself!
The event really is very well put together; the steps that have been added into the concourse since its redesign make a great area to sit with your food and drink as well as facing the small stage in the centre of the concourse that hosts the live music from around 8pm on the night. Behind the stage there is a DJ providing dance music all night next to the Thornbridge bar which is home to a lovely selection of lagers, as well as cocktails and a lot of gin! Also, note that most of the vendors also have soft drinks or hot drinks available to purchase along with your food. Madame Crepe does hot chocolate!
Everyone who I have spoken to regarding the Sheffield Street Food Market really enjoyed the night and had nothing but positive things to say about what a great evening it was, especially with the large choice of food vendors and the music to keep the party going. I personally am really looking forward to the next one – hopefully it is in the summer so we can enjoy the night for longer!
If you missed out on these two Street Food nights, keep an eye out on Facebook as it is well advertised on there. It is also free entry and open to everyone – not just students!