Winter Gathering Launch Party Is Open To The Public Tonight!

Street food line up, ice skating and more....

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From this Friday 11th November until Sunday 8th January 2017 the iconic London Road Fire Station will be transformed into a glorious, glittering winter market complete with ice skating rink and a hearty offering of some of the city's hottest street food sensations.

With entertainment from Mr Wilson's Second Liners, world-famous DJs and artists, you don't want to miss this week's hottest (and free!) entry party...

Feast on British street grub

So Salad Crew

Because you don't have to spend New Year desperately slogging it out in the gym...

Taking the trend of mindful, clean-eating to the streets, So Salad Crew will be offering a body-nourishing selection of juices, leafy salads and small plates including halloumi and seasonal winter greens.

But if the 'health is wealth' mantra falls on deaf ears where you're concerned...

Eat New York Street Diner

The bagel-slinging food truck specialises in salt beef, cheeseburgers, fries, shakes and sodas. Dunked in butter, grilled till golden-brown and slathered with practically all the sauce under the sun is just how these folk like it, 'with a side of sloppy as standard,' of course.

MilkJam

Ginger’s Comfort Emporium won much sought-after title of ‘Best of the Best’ at the 2012 British Street Food Awards for their ‘ice cream for grown ups’. The MilkJam collaboration incorporates this street food for wonderlusters - expect cake, ice cream sarnies and a dedicated brownie bar (what dessert institution is complete without one) surrounded by a lot of sugar-high, smiley faces.

Steel Smoking

These folk do what they say on the tin - delights include pulled pork, red cabbage and apple sauce in sweet brioche buns, all offset with the luxurious smokiness of smoldering charcoal.

Their vegetarian aubergine, portobello mushroom and halloumi burger is equally packed fully of hearty, winter warming flavour.

Nanny Bills

Grab some balls...

Operating from their first Citroen HY truck in May 2015, Nanny Bill's signature Spanish croquettes caused a stir even back then. Combinations include slow-cooked beef and ale, pea, mint and feta and of course the internationally-renowned slow-roasted jerk chicken.

Wing It

Uber juicy, these award-winning wings have been named some of the best on the planet. 

The team's homemade hot sauce has become the stuff of legend - it uses Californian Reapers and Naga Ghost chilies (said to be the hottest in the world) this viciously pimped out version of the infamous 'Dragon's Blood' sauce is not to be fucked with. You've been most courteously warned.

Streatza

A pizza palace located in a beautifully converted classic 1969 Citroen H van, complete with a 700-kilo wood fired oven and a fridge - as to be expected - stocked with only the best Italian mozzarella, tomatoes and the finest free-range meats.

Oh and you won’t find the folk at Streatza using a dough roller either (this method tends to squeeze out all of those lovely air pockets) instead the team opt to roll all dough out by hand.

KerbEdge

These Yorkshire boys supposedly serve the 'best burgers this side of the Atlantic." 

Their handmade delights are made from locally-reared Limousin (the cattle, not the vehicle) supplied by Riverside Butchers of Stamford Bridge.

Beastro

Beef dripping chips as well as a world of deli excitement brought to you by the duo behind Bangers and Bacon. 

Home-made, flavoursome and hearty. Nuff said.

Second City Coffee

Caffeine with a conscience, this Manc-based coffee company roasts only in small batches to optimise freshness. What's more, their signature in-house blend comes from the Cafe Femininio Project (a Peruvian women-only foundation) and Dex is currently looking for his next house to hire for disadvantaged and unemployed people needing a much welcome break.

Sela Food Truck

Sela's love of cheese all started 13 years ago when they opened a cheese-focused gaff in Leeds and soon after went mobile. They bought a Mercedes Bus in 2014 and never looked back! 

A big red 1979 Bedford Camper affectionately referred to as ‘Starchy’ is the latest addition to the family, and Sela will be serving up a deliciously seasonal menu at this Friday's launch...

The Wondertruck from Almost Famous

Fully locked and loaded to deliver the (by now pretty famous) Almost Famous burger experience - the wondertruck, at over 7 metres high, is an overdshadowing element (in size at least) at this year's Winter Gathering.

Let the mighty meat coma ensue...

Eat Dutch

And after all that meat, who better to turn to than the undisputed king of waffles, few would argue the validity of Eat Dutch's claim to the waffle thrown. Purveyors of the Liège waffle, from Belgium, expect sugar-crystal caramelised crust and sweet, gloriously soft insides.

Toppings include scores of Nutella, apple-cinnamon, and a specially seasonal warm cherry compote (plus cream.) 

Waffles

And if you're thinking you're going to have to have a plan to burn that fat lot off, tickets for the ice rink are now available to pre-order here.

Saturday nights are expected to be busiest thanks to a line up of special guests - which will be announced each week  - tickets are available to buy from Skiddle to guarantee entry.

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Amy

Loves eating cake and baking (skilled at the former, not so great at the latter.) Discovering the vibrant city that is Manchester one burrito at a time.

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