Street food has evolved from Asian beginnings to be a sought after foodie experience around the world. Brisbane is embracing this food culture. Food Strategy is designing pop up kitchens for clients. Street food arrives in Brisbane at Eat Street Hamilton
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Street food is all the rage at Eat Street

October 24, 2013


What is ‘street food’: Wikipedia defines it as “ready-to-eat food or drink sold in a street or other public place, such as a market or fair, by a hawker or vendor, often from a portable stall.  While some street foods are regional, many are not, having spread beyond their region of origin. Most street foods are also classed as both finger food and fast food, and are cheaper on average than restaurant meals. According to a 2007 study from the Food and Agriculture Organization, 2.5 billion people eat street food every day.”
 
The UK and USA have long enjoyed the street food revolution that takes its cue from Asian food markets. Combined with the western acceptance of a ‘pop up’ restaurant culture, street food is destined to make its mark permanently on the Australian palette. From illegal back alley beginnings, food authorities are now embracing the liberal food concept and enabling traders to register for health compliance while ensuring food safety for the public. Watch this video about the current street food phenomenon in Britain: BRISBANE JOINS THE STREET FOOD REVOLUTION: On 8 November 2013, Northshore Hamilton welcomes Brisbane's newest and only shipping container-based market, Eat Street Markets.  The concept inspired by Asian markets, will be brought to life by creative Brisbane identities, food and market doyen Peter Hackworth, producer John Stainton and TV celebrity Jacki MacDonald. 'Eat Street' will see the wharf sparkle with over fifty funky, specially designed shipping containers reconfigured as mini restaurants, offering a selection of delicious international dishes created by the ‘best of the best’ local chefs in a fun loose atmosphere will have a great music festival feel.

These markets will be located right next door to the Northshore Containerval Festival and are set to recreate the bustle and aromatic flavours of a South-East Asian night market. Eat Street Markets will operate every Friday and Saturday evening from 4pm to 10pm. They will offer a colourful dining destination with over 50 shipping containers specially reconfigured as mini-restaurants, bars, galleries and produce stores.

From these innovative spaces will flow delicious international dishes created by an invitation-only selection of local chefs, complemented with boutique craft beers, cocktails and fine wine. Laid out between the 'street' of container kitchens will be plenty of trendy seating for enjoying smoked ribs, Indian curries, local seafood, fresh healthy salads or spicy oriental delicacies while listening to local entertainers and watching fellow diners soak up the atmosphere.

Highly regarded Queensland artists and designers have also been enlisted to present their work in a gallery of containers and tents alongside Eat Street. To add even more to the exuberant vibe there will also be a performance stage for live groove-based music with a relaxed, retro theme. During its first two weeks, Eat Street will partner with the Northshore Containerval Festival for its special entertainment and as an added bonus will feature the Brisbane International Film Festival (BIFF) open-air cinema on 15-16 November.

Read more about kitchens in shipping containers here and a Brisbane cafe that has made a shipping container its permanent address here

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