It was a delight to be a part of the first Bedford Streat Feast that took part on Friday 28th September, and it was fantastic to see such a variety of different foods! Ben and I arrived at 4 pm to make sure we were first in line to fill our boots on what they had to offer. We began with a delicious vegetable samosa from Chins Kitchen. For me personally, they got the balance of flavours just right and I couldn’t resist having a second… Too many a time have I tried a samosa that has either been way too spicy or just bland in taste. Chins Kitchen got it just right, it was a shame we didn’t try what else they had to offer. I’m sure if their curries were anything like their samosa’s, then we wouldn’t have been disappointed!
Next, we had a look to see what beverages they had to offer that would help wash the samosas down. There was a stand offering all sorts of different types of gin, which looked very tempting! Unfortunately for myself and Ben, we were both driving, so I opted to have a nice half pint from the Flute Bedford (who also had a stand there). If you haven’t been to The Flute before, then it is well worth a visit for their selections of wine and champagnes. It offers a really unique experience if you are looking for somewhere different to visit on a Friday and Saturday night. You’ll find them down the alleyway which is next to the new Slug & Lettuce on the high-street!
After we had finished our beers, we headed on over to Carum Bar which offered a variety of foods from Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and a whole other mixture of Authentic flavours and ingredients. It was Ben’s turn to pick the dish this time, so he opted for the Jerk Chicken! (which we both couldn’t wait to sink our teeth into) The chicken was so tender that it just fell off of the bone, and the balance of rice and jerk sauce made it real home run! Will definitely give this another try at the next event!
Next, the decision fell to me to make the next choice of food to try. As I’m a huge pasta fan, I couldn’t resist giving the Mac & Cheese pot a try over at Nibbles Corner! I went for the Texan which was Mac & Cheese, topped with slow cooked BBQ pork and their homemade BBQ sauce. And to add a little heat to the mix, I threw on some jalapeno peppers! We both really enjoyed this scrummy dish and we both wish we had a pot to ourselves as we were both reluctant to share!
Our final choice before we went home was a classic signature dish from Now Now South African Food Co. called Bobotie! Personally, it was my favourite dish of the night. The food went down an absolute treat and I’ll most likely give it another try at the next event – even though it was the most expensive at £8. If you haven’t tried Bobotie it consists of spiced minced meat baked with an egg-based topping and other ingredients! Make sure you give it a try when you next get the opportunity!
Unfortunately, that was all Ben and I had time to eat. As we didn’t try food’s from each stand, we didn’t get chance to mention all of the stands that were at the street food event, but I’m sure we will get the opportunity to try some of their food at the next event which is taking place on October 24th! If you are looking for something different to do on a Friday evening, then make sure you head over to this event, some real time and effort goes into these events, and it’s great chance to try some of Bedfordshire’s cuisine. It’s also a great way to support local businesses… win-win for everyone!