Local food writer Deanna Thomas shares the latest culinary trends in Greater Manchester.
With rising food prices and the recession, many independent food and drink businesses have had to get creative, resulting in a rise in top quality street food, with a number of talented Manchester chefs quick to get hold of the idea.
Diners across Greater Manchester are now spoilt for choice, with delicious rare breed burgers, handmade hot dogs, bulging burritos and artisan ice creams on sale at the growing number of farmers markets, food festivals and other local events where food is a central ingredient.
Guerrilla Eats is an exciting new collective group of local street food vendors. Many trade regularly in their home town, source quality local ingredients and just love the food they make. Guerrilla Eats also hosts regular pop up events and night markets around the region – in basements, backyards, skyscrapers and secret gardens, with music and independent breweries to create a buzz around their creative recipes. Gone are suspect sausages and questionable kebabs, their mission is to supply good quality, fairly priced street food across Greater Manchester.
The cream of the street food crop:
Chris Birchall from The BarnHouse Bistro is easy to spot in his green corrugated iron clad trailer. He provides a range of fantastic homemade burgers made using rump steak sourced from Nixon’s farm shop near Manchester Airport. All his burgers are served on a brioche bun, specially supplied by Robinsons bakers.
90% of what they sell at Penelope’s Ice cream is made in Manchester and everything possible is locally sourced. Their cones are made in Eccles (as they have been for over 100 years), Penelope’s ‘Yummy Hunny’ flavour is made using Heaton Park honey and they use chocolate from Slattery.
Ginger’s Comfort Emporium sells award winning ice cream from a pretty pink ice cream van. Its seasonal collection of luxurious flavours include Spiced Apple Crumble, Whisky Marmalade or Quince, Honey & Rose plus Manchester’s favourite, the bestselling “Chorlton Crack” – Salted caramel & peanut butter. Ginger’s recently won ‘Best of the Best’ and ‘Best Dessert’ at the British Street Food Awards 2012.
Mal O’Connor from Fire and Salt BBQ is inspired by the traditional art of BBQ from the southern states of America. He smokes whole pigs over hickory smoke for divine pulled pork and sticky ribs all topped with homemade sauces and crisp salads. He sources all his meat from local butcher WH Frosts and his fruit and vegetables come from R. Noone and Son.
For more information on food and drink in Manchester go to visitmanchester.com/food