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Written by
Kate Feld

As part of a brand new column, Kate Feld gets stuck into the latest table talk and street food news...

Street life
The life of a street food trader can be a punishing one. It’s a great way to road-test a catering business without committing to bricks and mortar, but finding a more permanent home is an aspiration for many. So it’s great news that six of city’s most cult-worthy traders ‒ Yakumama, Chaat Cart, Mumma Schnitzel, Wholesome & Raw, Hip Hop Chip Shop and Bangers & Bacon ‒ will be the first tenants at Spinningfields foodie project space The Kitchens. Selected from hundreds of hopefuls, they each have a year to impress a judging panel enough to win further investment from backing developer Allied London. In related news, Scene, an Indian street food restaurant, is opening nearby and looks worth a punt.

Move on up
Across town, the culinary hinterland of Ancoats is getting two new restaurants from street traders moving on up. Rudy’s Pizza and Goose Fat & Wild Garlic open this July on Cutting Room Square in the former home of street food collective Guerrilla Eats, which is now holding court in new arts space The Wonder Inn on Shudehill.

Guerilla Eats© Dave Rogers

Still hungry for street food? Oh, go on then. Grillstock returns to Albert Square 30-31 May, with the usual cry of 'meat, music and mayhem.' Vegetarians might wish to avoid that part of town. But the rest of us can enjoy music from Grandmaster Flash and Kitty Daisy & Lewis, watch teams vie for the coveted King of the Grill, check out BBQ demonstrations and craft beer bars and eat as much grilled meat as you could ever want. 

Table talk 
While we count the days until her new gaff at The Roadhouse opens, Aumbry chef Mary-Ellen McTague is keeping busy. She’s just announced The Green Lampshade, an evening of musical performance honouring BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneer Delia Darbyshire at Salford’s Blueprint Studios on May 17. Early booking recommended – can’t wait to see what she does with this one.

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