Brighton's premier street food market is now two years and going from strength to strength
Street Diner, Brighton Review
Every Friday lunchtime since May 2013, the Brighthelm Garden (previously a very popular hang out spot with street drinkers and druggies) has been home to Street Diner, which was created to promote and encourage the amazing street food scene in the UK to the people of BN1.
Brighthelm Garden has been reclaimed as a space for local office workers and families to use and with it’s prime location between the train station and the North Laine, Street Diner is regularly packed full of hungry foodies chilling out on the grass with a box of tasty street food.
All Street Diner traders are Sussex based but serve dishes from all over the world and low food miles, local sourcing and sustainability are the order of the day.
Traders include the likes of;
- Fries Guys – loaded fries
- Dead Good Burrito
- Toston Tolon – homemade Venezualen food
- Forgotten Cuts – nose to tail eating
and many more.
Since starting out, Street Diner has popped up all over Brighton at events including The Brighton Marathon, The Brighton Fringe Festival and will be in charge of the food at this year’s Together The People Festival.
It was my first visit to Street Diner and I was really happy to see the amount of people enjoying this great weekly event! After meandering through the crowd to check out what was on offer I decided on Toston Tolon, run by a Venezuelan family who moved to the UK in 2011 and have been sharing authentic dishes from their homeland with the British public.
Toston Tolon specialise in Arepas – cornmeal patties that are eaten in place of bread in Venezuela, filled with various accompaniments such as: beef, pulled pork, beans, cheese, avocado. This tasty combo will set you back £6 with some avocado for an extra 50p – an option I couldn’t resist. Not enough? Add some cassava chips for an extra pound.
This was my first Arepa experience and certainly won’t be my last. The filling had a well thought out balance to it and the crispy yet chewy cornmeal patty that encased the whole thing was spot on.
Street Diner is rightly becoming more and more popular so expect to queue, but thanks to the high standard of traders here, whatever you have will be worth the wait.
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