Leicester’s hit street food event, Canteen, is back on Friday 23 February and will be celebrating its first birthday. Canteen will be welcoming some of the customers’ favourites from the past year along with a few new traders added to the mix! For the birthday event, Canteen will also be celebrating Chinese New Year with Cosmopolitan Arts as well as hosting a number of comedians as part of Leicester Comedy Festival.
Here’s what you can get your teeth in to:
Baked In Brick
European Street Food Award Winners 2017 (Best of the Best & Best Dish)
Canteen are proud to have the winners of the European Street Food Awards with them for their birthday! Lee DeSanges studied catering at University College Birmingham and learnt his trade at Le Cote D’or and also had stints at Le Manoir aux Quatre Saisons. A few years ago he decided to start out on the street food scene and introduced the world to his outstanding 24 hour marinated Chicken Tikka, cooked over charcoals with freshly baked flatbreads from a converted 1964 Mini Cooper.
Dim Sum Su
British Street Food Award Winners 2017 – People’s Choice
Dim Sum Su is run by Sue C.F. Lee, born in Hong Kong and raised in the UK, from a clan of brilliant cooks and restaurateurs. Her recipes are inspired by family food traditions from her time in Hong Kong and from her western time in the UK. She loves to develop new, exciting recipes that re-invent and re-imagine this delicious oriental snack food. Dim Sum Su are winners of the British Street Food Awards 2017 and third place in the European Street Food Awards.
British Street Food Awards 2017 Finalist
The English Indian give Classic Fish & Chips a new lease of life. They deliver a freshly cooked meal of either Fish & Chips or Halloumi & Chips. Their cod and halloumi are marinated in their secret recipe and fried in their own pakora batter. Accompanied with hand cut chat masala chips, mint & chilli garden peas, madras chip shop curry sauce, sweet chilli jam and fresh coriander & lime. Their dishes are also all gluten free.
One of Canteen’s favourite traders! Back once again is one of Birmingham’s original street food traders, having started in the 90s with the Happy Noodle Company, Canoodle specialise in Pan-Asian food and they do it brilliantly! They will always have something new to tempt your tastebuds along with their old favourites you all love. Everything at Canoodle is made from scratch, so you can be sure you will receive high quality restaurant standard food, whatever you choose. All of Canoodles curries are dairy, gluten and nut free.
Michael’s family have been in the food trade for decades and over the past few years they have been feeding people in the Midlands their traditional Cypriot dish of Souvlaki. Freshly grilled meats that have been marinating in a secret family recipe passed through the generations, married with homemade sauces and fresh salad served in authentic pitta. It truly doesn’t come more traditional than this. Street Souvlaki is part of Victoria Creperie so we know this is going to be good!
Some of the finest cheesecake you’ll ever see. Urban cheesecake was founded in 2015 on the back end of their successful cheesecake reputation from a pop up in the midlands. They have been wowing diners ever since. The concept is simple and puts the choice into your hands! You pick the delicious toppings and then choose the luscious sauces! Chefs Tony and Ash are pushing the boundaries of cheesecake art and flavour. They are confident you won’t find better anywhere else and they might be right!
To celebrate Chinese New Year, Cosmopolitan Arts will have workshops running through the evening and there is also a Lion Dance with firecrackers to look forward to.
Leicester Comedy Festival will have various comedians throughout the evening:
17:00 – 18:00 Adham Fisher: Extreme Commuter 10 £8 Adv
18:30 – 19:30 Ishi Khan-Jackson: I’m Migrant! The Remix £FREE
20:00 – 21:00 Mission Impossible Ipswich: The Director’s Cut £FREE
21:30 – 23:00 Crooked Hand Productions: Five Reasons Why (I Quit Teaching) £6 Adv
As always Canteen will have their resident DJ’s on hand for your entertainment. Join Fitz in the cafe and Mr Hickford in the Courtyard.
Sailor Jerry Bar
The Sailor Jerry bar is situated just inside LCB near the Rutland Street entrance providing happy hour Sailor Jerry cocktails all night as well as soft drinks. The bar returns this year with a brand new menu!
Tailgate Bar (Boutique Bar)
The Tailgate Bar is located in the glass building at the top right corner of the courtyard. Expect some classic and disco style cocktail specials including non-alcoholic versions. More information will be released closer to the event.
Canteen Birthday After Party
Canteen’s sister brand “Tailgate” hosts the official after party at The Shed on Yeoman Street. Its free entry and DJs will be playing a mix of Funk, Disco, Old School Hip-Hop and Party vibes. There will be cocktail and craft beer offers all night.
Canteen runs for 5pm – 10pm on the last Friday of every month at Leicester’s LCB Depot.