Event Review: The Food Life

A few weeks ago saw the much anticipated launch of ‘The Food Life’ street food market, held at East Haven beach in Angus. I was fortunate enough to make it along to sample some of the fabulous local produce and catch up with the passionate food and drink producers who’ve decided to come together to form this exciting collaboration. The aim of the group is to put Angus on the map for its excellent food and drink and to make local produce accessible to residents and visitors alike.

Membership of the group is growing, but currently includes:

Fresh Food Express – an online service delivering artisan local produce UK-wide
Artisana – a vintage Citreon H patisserie van selling speciality coffee and artisan cakes
Muckle Backit Oven – a mobile pizza oven selling hand pulled pizzas to order
Hamish’s Hogs – a pimped up mobile hog-roast with gourmet local burgers
Sacred Grounds Coffee Co – Angus-roasted coffee beans
The Gin Bothy – locally made seasonal small batch gins
Fleming the Butcher – owned by the Batchelor family who also have their own pig high welfare farm
Cav & Co – a classic airstream trailer with local food to go including Aberdeen Angus beef, and veggie hot wraps
Gather – greengrocer/deli based in Carnoustie recently branched out into local luxury ice-cream
Arbroath Quality Fish – producers of dressed crabs, Arbroath Smokies, seafood cocktails
Ella Drinks – hand pressed fruit juices made from Angus grown heritage varieties
Kirrie Ales – local brewed small batch beer and ales
Sook – a collaboration between Gather and Fresh Food Express, who offer real fruit and gin ice lollies from their mobile trailer

East Haven beach provided a perfect location for the event, with ample parking in a nearby field and in cycling and walking distance of Arbroath and Carnoustie. Picturesque views of the sea and the perfectly kept community gardens of the village itself only added to the friendly atmosphere of the event.

Above: East Haven beach

Now it should be noted that the organisers weren’t expecting the turnout the event actually attracted. With 1000 expected and seeing a footfall closer to 5000, this was surely testament to the support there is from both locals and visitors for our amazing Angus produce. These numbers also meant that at times there were considerable queues at each producers stand, but there was very little grumbling that I saw and everything on offer was certainly worth the wait.

My personal favourites were Sacred Grounds Coffee Co, who’s beautiful beans I use for both my morning cuppa and my BBQ rubs, and also Sook where my eldest daughter and I visited on two separate occasions as we couldn’t get enough of the beautiful granitas.

Above: Sacred Grounds Coffee Co.

Above: Sook

Having sampled their wares on previous occasions, I can also vouch for the glorious wood fired pizzas from Muckle Backit Oven (below)

…as well as the gorgeous gin from The Gin Bothy (below)

Live music, free yoga sessions, story telling tent and beach games ensured that there was something for everyone and even the visitors pooches were catered for with a watering station and free tennis balls.

I would have loved to have sampled something from all of the stalls but time was against me, however more street food events are planned for the future, as well as an appearance at this weekends Taste Angus Festival at Glamis, 20-21 August and Keep Scotland Beautiful’s Picnic in the Park on 28 August in Arbroath.

I’d definitely recommend a visit.  Find out more and keep up to date with future appearances from the team at The Food Life on Facebook

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