The Street Food Circus has rolled in to town again, and this time they’ve parked up in a brand new spot – the beautiful grounds of Sophia Gardens. The leafy green location brings a new hippy-ish vibe to an event that is fast becoming the highlight of the summer for most Cardiff foodies.
Last night, conditions could not have been more perfect for these guys to make their return – the clear skies and warm weather were just perfect for taking in their lovely new spot, just a short 5 minute walk from the city centre.
Fans of the Street Food Circus who visited them on John Street last year will recognise some of the props (sparkly sun umbrellas, giant burgers) from before, but this year’s event has much more of a ‘carnival’ ambiance. A giant big top with rows of tables and benches acts as the main dining hall (and shelter from inclement weather), whilst all of the street-food traders line the permiter, with their various offerings advertised outside each truck, tent and shack.
This year, the street-food traders will rotate and change week on week, and some of the traders are doing £5 grazing plates, a list of which you can find here.
The circus pitch itself is divided in to different zones:
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- The first is Singha Street (so called because the beer guys sponsor it) – this area is designed to have the feel of a “colourful night market of spice, taste and flavour”. In this area, you’ll find traders like The Purple Popadom, Tukka Tuk, Bangkok Cafe, Gopals Curry Shack, Little Bao Peep, El Salsa and Brother Thai. It’ll be worth remembering that the little ‘Singha Street’bottle bar is here when the main bar gets busy – it might save you from the queues!
- The second area is The Farmyard – this makes up much of the main space and is designed to champion”award-winning food form ethical traders”. Here you’ll find traders like The Applecart Cider Bar, Slow Pig, Crofters, Pembrokeshire Beachfood, La Ffroga Raccalette, Hangfire Smoke House, The Spaniard Gourmet, Big Fish Little Fish, Earlybird Bakery, Dusty Knuckle, Ice Green Vegan Ice Cream and Mr. Croqewhich.
- The third area, though not really defined as separate from The Farmyard, is The Block, a city-inspired collection of “downtown street kitchens”. Here you can find traders like Dirty Bird Fried Chicken, Meat & Greek, Got Beef, Cheese Truck, Science Cream, Pregos Street Food, The Pickled Brisket, Ffwrness Pizza, Frozen Margarita and the fab Lola’s Wings.
- Another quirky new addition to the circus is the Feast Clwb – a pop-up kitchen serving a communal feast for up to 50 people, under a gorgeous, stretched-canvas tent. This event will take place every Thursday, and last night, the dinner was hosted by Milgi – one of my favourite veggie restaurants in Cardiff. They served up a 3-course feast to die for, all enjoyed by candlelight as the sun set over the park – my advice is that the Feast Clwb is an experience not to be missed.
In a nutshell, the return of the Street Food Circus is an essential event in any respectable foodies calendar – their new park location is to-die-for and the variety of traders on offer is really exceptional – there is truly something for everyone. I have a feeling I am going to be spending a lot of time there over the next few weeks!
The Street Food Circus is a free event, open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday’s in Sophia Gardens, Bute Park. It will run from 18th August – 25th September. There are no credit card facilities on site – the nearest cashpoint is lower Cathedral road garage, 2mins walk from the site. BYOB is not permitted. No children are allowed after 9pm, no dogs and no bikes.