On 3 October 2015 foodPark’s fourth instalment of its popular NIGHT MARKET took place, once again, at Gravel Hill Farm at the North West Cambridge Development. I attended every one of them so far (February, May, July and October) and I can safely say I have experienced fantastic street food and drink in all seasons. I enjoyed them all and raved about the winter and spring NIGHT MARKETS here and here.
With foodPark founder Heidi White at the helm, this NIGHT MARKET was the biggest and best yet. The main difference was the addition of more bars. Apart from the foodPark BAR, which sold wine, fizz, soft drinks and water, there was a bar run by Jolly Good Beer dedicated solely to craft beer and a Pinkster gin den that was a bit of a hidden gem around the back.
Food and drink were the main attraction and Heidi and her team of volunteers kept the evening flowing smoothly. The event was well organised with rubbish being gathered in a timely manner. I noticed there was first aid cover provided by a private company.
Bread & Meat is located at what is now dubbed Cambridge’s “Meat Street” on Bene’t Street.
Bread and meat, two of my favourites foods. Bread? Good! Meat? Good!
So when Bread & Meat opened its doors in October, I definitely had my sights on this place. I have been hearing great things about their sandwiches ever since.
Spurred by a failed attempt at making pork escalopes for dinner (hey, we have our moments too), we made a pact to try Bread & Meat’s lauded porchetta sandwiches the next day for lunch.
We timed our visit perfectly and arrived at noon when they switched over from breakfast to lunch. The place isn’t very big but it’s well laid out and cosy. The menu items were clearly listed on a large blackboard. There were so many tempting meat sandwiches to choose from but we stood by our pork craving.
I was honoured to be invited to the VIP Launch of foodPark Cambridge at The North Pole, which was held on 20 November, 2014. For the first time, foodPark was able to make Parker’s Piece its winter home… a bonus for this increasingly popular collective of street food traders as well as the many people celebrating the winter festivities at The North Pole. A brilliant collaboration in an enchanting city centre location!
foodPark’s daily pop-up street food market and bar is running alongside The North Pole’s ice rink and funfair, which means you can access the foodPark during its trading hours, with no entrance fee.
However, in the midst of such a magical and festive winter setting it only makes sense to give the ice rink a whirl, or take the kids to the many rides and attractions The North Pole has to offer.