Food For The Soul…
Over the past couple of years, street food has taken the UK by storm, and more and more couples are now ditching the traditional wedding-breakfast in favour of more relaxed, informal catering.
Long gone are the days of unappetising, overpriced burgers that once plagued the mobile-catering industry. With bold, exciting flavours and high quality ingredients on offer for a fraction of the cost of a sit-down meal, it’s no wonder that street food has found its way onto the wedding menu.
We’ve handpicked just a few of the fabulous street food and drink caterers to inspire your taste buds, but head to the directory at www.mrandmrsunique.co.uk to get the full list of our recommended suppliers.
Family-run catering company LucaBuca Pizza offers fresh, wood-fired pizzas straight from the oven, all cooked and served from a repurposed red horse box.
Anna, who runs the company with husband Ty, told us: ‘Street food is undoubtedly a more economical way of feeding your guests, whilst ensuring that you have really great, high quality food. The resources required are often a lot less than those that traditional caterers need, so a lot more of the client’s money can go into amazing produce.
‘We once catered at a wedding where there were 450 guests and were serving alongside other street food suppliers, which was great – it felt like a mini street food market!’
Big Red Bus Bar…
Doubling up as a fully-functioning bar, this stunning red 1967 London Routemaster bus promises a stunning focal point for your wedding, while serving up the finest real ales.
It has its own seating area upstairs, a retractable roof and colour changing LED lighting.
Luke from Big Red Bus Bar says ‘As well as providing the most amazing mobile bar service, Big Red also has the benefit of becoming a wonderful feature in its own right, providing additional seating, lighting and something to talk about for years to come.’
Cantina Carnitas brings a Mexican street food fiesta to any wedding, serving freshly made burritos, tacos and nachos bursting with lip-smacking flavour.
With a choice of bases and fillings on offer, guests can tailor their dish to their individual taste.
Choose from six different sauces ranging from the very mild barbecue up to the fiery smoked naga – not for the faint-hearted!
Matt from Cantina Carnitas told us he loves the sense of anticipation that builds in the queue as guests work their way to the front.
‘We love weddings full stop. We get a real buzz from serving up our fresh Mexican goodness to guests that have never heard of a burrito through to die hard spice fans, it’s always fun when we test the real chilli heads who think they can handle the power of the Cantina Carnitas hot sauces!’
On a mission to take the humble bacon butty to exciting new heights, Le Swine serves free-range bacon butties from their hand-restored 1960’s Austin Morris ambulance.
From the toasted milk & onion bap, to the bacon butter, swinez tomato sauce and mushroom ketchup, every element is homemade and carefully crafted to make this the ultimate bacon butty!
The Bournville Waffle Company…
Got a sweet tooth? Look no further than The Bournville Waffle Company.
Founded in 2013, the company serves fresh waffles baked to order in a converted caravan, with an additional gazebo available for larger events.
Boasting a playful and creative menu, the toppings on offer can be tailored to each guest’s desires – perfect for both little and big kids!
From the comfort of their pimped out food van, Main Ingredient’s Flip and Hoops combine 20 years of catering experience to dish up budget-friendly fare to suit any theme or cuisine, from BBQ pulled pork buns to Asian street food.
When we asked them what kind of wedding their food works best with, they told us they love catering for festival feel weddings. ‘In a field on a lovely hot summer’s day it’s perfect. It’s also a great late night food option for evening guests’
The Bug Bar…
Brighton-based drinks company The Bug Bar offers a range of drinks to suit all tastes, from fine ales to classy cocktails, all served from a vintage VW campervan.
Justin from The Bug Bar told us he thinks the bar acts as a brilliant conversation starter. ‘We’ve had the pleasure of serving cocktails at about 40 weddings this year and we get the same feedback every time: It adds another dimension, it provides a focal and talking point.’
As well as its drinks van, The Bug Bar also has a DJ booth and DJs available for hire.
Top tips for serving street food at your wedding…
Agree it with your venue. Remember to check with your venue that they’ll let you bring in your own caterers, as some venues will only allow you to use their in-house catering.
Make it personal. Did you first meet on holiday in Rome? Serve pizzas. Honeymooning in Mexico? Go for burritos or piping hot chilli. Street food is a great way to tell your guests a story about your relationship.
Don’t forget about seating. Although street food is a more relaxed way to dine, your guests will still thank you for somewhere to park up and enjoy their meal. Hay bales, beanbags or groups of chairs dotted around make great alternatives to fully laid-tables.
Get the best of both. Don’t want to do away with the formal sit-down meal? Street food works especially well at evening receptions to line your guests’ stomachs and providing fuel to keep the party going.
This post was first seen in our new Autumn/ Winter 2015 Magazine. If you haven’t seen it yet you can view it below… Enjoy Xx