Kings Heath to lead the way in latest city culture trend

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The man behind Birmingham's latest trend in foodie culture has praised Kings Heath - and chosen the town centre to launch a series of street markets to be rolled out across the city.

The first of Birmingham's street food markets will take place in Kings Heath Village Square this Saturday.

Organiser Duncan Stanley says he's aiming to bring the flavour of a Parisian street market. Vendors have been carefully picked for their values, prices and, above all the ability to cook their food live on the street with a touch of theatre.

His organisation Brum Yum Yum is known to be eyeing up venues in the city centre and Jewellery Quarter, but has chosen Kings Heath - which it describes "the brightest and busiest town centre in south Birmingham" - for the big launch event, followed by regular dates on the second Saturday of each month.

"The monthly markets will be on the busiest High Streets and smartest squares in the city," he says. "When we’re selecting sites we’re looking at demographics, footfall, setting, accessibility and visibility, as well as the vibe of the area."

The city’s first ever authentic street food market is promising to bring together fifteen of what it claims are the country’s hottest street food traders, rare street music and an urban circus troupe to create a truly unique dining experience.

"Street food is about real, honest food. All cooked to order with flair and theatre right in front of you, from quality local produce and served up from vintage vans and unique pop-up stands," says the publicity.

Highlights from the menu for the Kings Heath launch include; local baby back ribs from the filing cabinet barbecue, the ultimate dry aged Hereford beef burgers, ten hour roast Cotswold lamb, authentic Neapolitan wood-fireddd pizza, south Indian pure vegetarian masala dosa, handmade Moroccan falafel and hummus, Bradford-Kashmiri halal curries, freshly made hot Belgian waffles, and Middle Eastern salads created by ‘The Deli at Edgbaston’. Download the menu here.

The street food market is backed by Birmingham City Council, which has the sole right to licence markets in the city.

Director of Moseley-based Brum Yum Yum, Duncan Stanley is a local event producer and street food enthusiast with experience in corporate and public events. He learned his trade in show business as a touring apprentice with local reggae superstars UB40 and claims to have experience eating on the street in five continents.

In his introduction to the street food vendors Duncan says various city council departments were initially hostile to the idea. "After six months of hard lobbying, presenting and proposing, they’ve finally agreed to license our markets and promote them as official council-backed events," he writes.

"We’re taking street food onto the High Street! I really believe that Brummies are ready to have street food put right in front of them. Birmingham definitely has a rep as a centre of foodie culture."

"We want our markets to create a family fun atmosphere, a family affair with lots to eat, drink and enjoy."

 

The first Kings Heath street food market is in Kings Heath Village Square on Saturday 13 April from 12 noon to 6pm.

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