World music and world food at Womad

In the third of my ‘festivals and food’ series, Gourmet Gigs this week takes a look at the gorgeous global food treats at Womad. The festival might be known primarily for world music, but it has steadily built a name for itself in the food arena too, and the Taste the World stage has proved popular over the…

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Festival No.6 announces chefs and food traders

Festival No.6 has brought together a selection of diverse and exciting gourmet popups, to be found in the Castell Park Arena. There’s Stakehaus serving up mouth-watering steak sandwiches and homemgade relishes, The Cheese Truck with grilled cheese sandwiches, a delicious taste of the Orient from Dorshi’s, wood-fired pizza from Fundi Pizza, Happy Maki’s freshly produced vegan sushi, Anna Mae’s gourmet mac…

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Field Day curate a street-food feast

Field Day festival has built a reputation for intelligent curation and securing exclusives – this year PJ Harvey and James Blake are headlining, with artists such as Floating Points, Blossoms, Goat and Fat White Family as part of the eclectic lineup. I’ll always be grateful to Field Day for managing to entice the elusive Mazzy Star onto their stage in 2012. The team are working similar magic…

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Liverpool goes Cuban

Liverpool’s Baltic triangle has been an arts/music destination for several years, with  food playing an important part: Camp & Furnace is well known for its food slams. Upping the food game at the Baltic Triangle is a brand new Cuban street food eatery called FINCA. Launched by the team behind the unconventional pop-up restaurant, Secret Diners Club; FINCA will…

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Pitt Cue at Devonshire Square

In order to eat at the former site of Pitt Cue restaurant just off Carnaby Street, diners had to queue in the street, sometimes for hours. The reward was a coveted place downstairs in the 5-table poky cellar space, or perched at the cosy bar upstairs. The reason people were prepared to wait was due to the…

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Hebden Bridge: cozy cafés, cool cuisine

  I’m reposting this piece about Hebden Bridge from December 2013. Muse Music and Love Cafe record shop in Hebden Bridge is currently closed as it was devastated in the floods – it reopens sometime in the future thanks in part to a vinyl sale held at The Trades Club in January. There are plenty of places to eat and…

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Summer in the city: festivals with urban appeal

Festivals are going through big changes and the newer breed of events are more often taking place in the very cities we’re usually so keen to escape from.The formula we’ve traditionally enjoyed, three days or so camped out in the fields of an obliging farmer with enough bands and DJs to keep you happy, has shifted to encompass a new…

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Cafe society in the Northern Quarter: tea with DJ Mr Scruff and an Icelandic style venue

Early Manchester memories include being persuaded by my friend’s older sister to hang around outside George Best’s shop, hoping he would appear. Best of all was Crowthers dimly-lit little boutique stuffed with gorgeous Biba-style clothes. Teacup on Thomas St has Mr Scruff the Manchester DJ as an owner and the queues of people (last time I went,…

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