The second Eat Cambridge is taking over the city from tomorrow! Even bigger and better than last year, the 2 week food festival runs from the 10 – 24 May. There will be supperclubs popping up all over the place, street food, cocktails and cakes, food debates, talks and of course The Main Event – a food fair in the Corn Exchange on the 17th May.
I’ve got my weekends and evenings booked up with some delicious plans and I thought I’d pick out a few of my favourites to give you a guide to what will be tasty.
Eat Cambridge Street Food Market
Saturday 10th May from 5pm, Clifton Road @ Inders Kitchen
Cambridge’s first proper street food market is coming this Saturday! The line up is amazing, there will be Cambridge burger stalwarts Steak and Honour, hot dogs from Dog Town London, Fired Up Pizza and very excitingly Inder’s Kitchen are serving their kati rolls and biriyani. Jack’s Gelato and the Magnificent Milkshake company will be providing pudding, very important. I’ll be there trying to get around as many traders as I can. Find out more here.
Launch Night at the Garden Kitchen
Thursday 15th May, 6.30pm, The Garden Kitchen, 82 Mill Road
A brand new cafe on Mill Road! The Garden Kitchen is an offshoot of the cafe at the Botanic Gardens and they are opening their doors just in time for the festival. They serve delicious fresh salads, homemade cakes and sweets and I’ve heard their sausage rolls are worth the trip alone. From 6.30pm, find out more about them on Twitter, @82gardenkitchen
The Main Event
Saturday 17th May, 10.30am – 4pm, The Cambridge Corn Exchange
The main food fair for Eat Cambridge! The corn exchange will be filled to the brim with local producers, restaurants and brewers selling and sampling their wares. There will also be a series of talks from people like cocktail expert Aoife Maxwell and local coffee shop and roasters Hot Numbers. Not to be missed. Last year the atmosphere was incredible, such a buzz, and of course lots of delicious food to enjoy there and take home. £2 on the door.
The Eat Cambridge Debate: This House Believes That We Can Make Cambridge The Next Foodie Destination
Wednesday 21st May, Cambridge Union, Bridge Street
Last year the debate was a great way to round off the event, and it is back again this year with a beautiful venue and a great line up of panelists. Cambridge is making great strides towards having a vibrant and interesting food scene and this debate couldn’t be more perfectly timed. Buy a ticket here.
Urban Street Kings at Gog Magog Shop
Thursday 23rd – Saturday 25th May
I’ll be going to one night of this six course dinner by new kids on the street food block, Urban Street Kings. I’ve already had a taste of their steamed buns and they were incredibly good. They will be serving up a top secret menu, which changes each night at Gog Magog Shop, their food is an intriguing mix of British and Vietnamese food, but sometimes with twists from other countries too. I’m expecting delicious things. Tickets going fast, book here.
Royal Tea at Duke House
Saturday 24th May, 5pm, Duke House, 1 Victoria Street, CB1 1JP
Local chef and host of the Kyumsday supperclub Kyung Lim is teaming up with Stella Pereira of the Norfolk Street Bakery to put on this beautiful Royal Tea at the equally beautiful Duke House B&B. They released a sneak peek of their menu this week and it looks exceptional – think homemade filled brioche, green tea opera cake, homemade jam to accompany the scones and local Kandula Tea and Hot Numbers coffee. I’m so sad I can’t make this one because it looks exquisite. Book here.
This is just the tip of the iceberg, the brochure is packed with things and there is a whole directory of the producers who will be at the food fair. Download it here.