Cardiff’s Street Food Circus is back! Last night, the food lovers’ playground opened up for its second year after a phenomenally successful launch in 2015 when it won the ‘best event’ category in the British Street Food Awards.
Sophia Gardens is a vast improvement on its former site in John Street. It also happens to be dangerously close to my house. I know what I’ll be doing for the next six weeks…
There’s plenty on offer here from Cardiff favourites Ffwrnes, Purple Poppadom, Science Cream, Bangkok Café and more. There are burgers and ribs galore and non-carnivores can feast on curries, pizzas, toasted sandwiches and vegan ice cream (yes, you read that correctly). Perennially popular plant eaters’ paradise, Milgi, is also here with a pop-up yurt.
If you’re after a more sophisticated affair, you can enjoy a three-course sit down dinner every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Veggies and meat eaters alike will love the creative menu which features a light but flavoursome galette with basil houmous, harissa tempeh with minty peas and a delicious Caesar salad, and a raw blackcurrant cheesecake that is to die for – trust me: it’s truly amazing.
See the full menu and get your tickets here. The meal will set you back £25 but it’s worth every penny, although you can also try a taster dish (last night’s was a harissa tempeh and peach skewer but it changes weekly) for a fiver.
Expect a friendly and cosy experience where you can catch up with old friends – and make new ones too. The yurt is a little escape from the carnival buzz outside and you can unwind with a glass of wine or Milgi’s ‘special brew’, a non-alcoholic fermented drink.
The Street Food Circus is open from Thursday until Sunday until 25 September and it’s free to get in. It’s the perfect for an after-work jolly or as an alternative to your average Saturday night out with pals. Did I mention that there’s a frozen margarita bar? If the opening night is anything to go by, it’s going to be very popular so prepare to queue.