Updated: Sunday, 23rd September 2018 @ 5:48am

‘Not a starched napkin or stiff upper lip in sight’: Guerrilla Eats bring their street food revolution to Manchester

‘Not a starched napkin or stiff upper lip in sight’: Guerrilla Eats bring their street food revolution to Manchester

By Tui Benjamin

Attention, private! There’s a revolution starting, and Manchester foodie collective Guerrilla Eats want you to be their first recruit.

A steadily growing group of traders, aptly-named Guerrilla Eats, are launching their mission to shake up our city’s street food scene with good quality, fairly priced offerings this weekend.

On Saturday December 8 between 4-11pm and Sunday December 9 between 11am-4pm traders will be taking over the Northern Quarter’s Port Street Car Park for a celebration of the most creative and diverse of Manchester’s street food vendors.

Culinary offerings will include southern-inspired barbeque pork from Fire and Salt BBQ, quality sausages from Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs, luxury ice cream from Ginger’s Comfort Emporium, burgers from The BarnHouse Bistro, Indian savoury snacks from Chaat Cart, creative cupcakes from Sugar Bun Sisters and vibrant Spanish street food from Las Paelleras.

Sean Robinson, of Dirty Dogs Hot Dogs, said street food makes sense and is the best way to bring the cream of Manchester’s amazing food to local people.

“Guerrilla Eats celebrates people who are passionate about the food they make and brings us together with people who are passionate about the food they eat,” he said.

“It’s fun, relaxed, inclusive food that makes people happy – there’s not a starched napkin or stiff upper lip in sight!”

The Guerrilla Eats traders want to bust the stereotype that street food means either cheap and dirty kebabs or sky high prices, and Mal O’Connor of Fire and Salt BBQ said the group are determined for street food to be accessible to everyone.

“Working as a collective helps bring our costs down and means no one takes money from the setup – it allows us to keep the quality of our food high and our prices down,” he said.

Entertainment over the event will include spice tolerance competitions, man vs. food challenges, street performers and more.

Alan Fox, director of streetfood.org.uk, thinks 2012 has been the year that cities outside London have fully opened up to the street food revolution but that 2013 has the potential to be even better.

“It used to be the case that London was the only city where events like this were taking place, but now there is no doubt that other cities are opening their eyes to street food,” he said.

“I think there certainly is an opportunity for a street food revolution to take off in Manchester.”

Mr Fox said it is only a matter of time before councils start to see the benefits of events like these and assist with opening up more public spaces.

“It’s the opportunity to get people to gather together in places they might not usually gather in, and to foster community spirit through events,” he said.

“There’s definitely the opportunity for more entrepreneurs who see potential in the movement to get involved.”

With this weekend’s celebration just the beginning, 2013 will see the Guerrilla Eats gang popping up in basements, backyards, skyscrapers and secret gardens across the city.

Keep your ear to the ground soldier!

For more information go to www.guerrillaeats.co.uk, email guerrillaeats@gmail.com or follow @guerrilla_eats on Twitter.

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