Quakers Friars is set to become a foodie paradise next month as the UK’s biggest street food festival comes to the historic piazza at Cabot Circus for the first time.

Taking place over three days from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th May, the free festival will feature some of the UK’s finest ‘food trucks’ offering a variety of delicious street cuisine – a new concept that has gained popularity over recent months in London’s Southbank.

Colston Hall will also host a live stage throughout the event which will showcase some of Bristol’s best new musical talent. Featuring a range of local bands playing folk, acoustic and world music, performances will take place every lunchtime, afternoon and evening during the three-day event. 

The street food festival will see Quakers Friars brought to life with festival-inspired food stalls and retailers and will offer the perfect opportunity for the whole family to come and enjoy tasty food, drink and free entertainment and music. Some of the vendors appearing include:

  • The Swallow Bakery: boutique bakery offering speciality cupcakes and dessert pies
  • The Hungry Gecko: A Masterchef finalist specialising in vegetarian Asian street food
  • What the Dickens: iconic British dishes and revived vintage recipes
  • Café Mor: seafood specialists from Pembrokeshire and winner of the British Street Food Award 2011
  • Big Apple Hot Dogs: inspired by New York, made using only natural and free-range ingredients
  • Byron Burgers: proper burgers and the ultimate in comfort food
  • Churros Bros: chocolaty warm churros

“Street Food is the most important UK food trend in years” says Richard Johnson, the author of Street Food Revolution and the founder of the British Street Food Awards. “That’s why Heston is singing the praises of the street food revolution in the next issue of GQ. And Jamie has gone and got his own ice cream truck. Served out of the coolest vans, trucks and trailers, street food offers up an exciting way to eat that doesn’t break the bank. It’s throwing up a new generation of food heroes, and has given us the two most important new restaurant openings in living memory – Pitt Cue and Co and Meat Liquor. They both started out trading on the streets. The Cabot Circus event will be packed with new talent, and showcase some sure-fire contenders for the British Street Food Awards 2012 in September.”

The free event will take place from 11am to 8pm from Friday 18th until and Sunday 20th May, with the first bands playing at 12:00pm each day.

For more information on the free street food festival visit or find us on Facebook or twitter. Shops throughout Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars are open from 10am to 8pm, with restaurants open until late.


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