BITE STREET: Northampton street food pop-up moves to brand new venue for Summer

“Bite Street has been incredibly well-received in Abington but, with the cricket back in full swing, we needed a new home"

Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 5:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th May 2021, 5:32 pm

Popular street food pop-up that took Northampton by storm will be moving to Franklin's Gardens over summer.

Bite Street NN will be taking up residency in the supporter's village at Franklin's Gardens after enjoying sell-out success over the winter and spring from The County Cricket Ground in Abington Avenue.

Event organiser, Crispin Slee, said: "Bite Street has been incredibly well-received in Abington but with the cricket back in full swing, we needed a new home.

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Bite Street at The County Ground in Abington Street.

“It is very fitting that the new roof over our heads will be another bastion of elite sport in the town and we are thrilled to be moving to Saints.

“The pandemic has hit rugby clubs hard - be they big or small - so we’re delighted to be doing our bit to support one of the greatest clubs in the world.”

Bite Street will take place every two weeks on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays. Events have been planned through June, July and August with the first event at the brand new venue taking place on June 11.

The Bite Street team will put on other food and drink events at the stadium on weekends in between the scheduled events so there will be no end of options for food-lovers all summer. These events include Smoke Street - a collaboration between Bite Street and Northampton's popular smokehouse, 'The Smoke Pit'.

Local food enthusiasts can also look forward to an upcoming burger festival, which will raise money for a new children's play area at Northampton General Hospital (NGH). One of the independent food vendors at Bite Street's first event in April - Patty Freaks - donated £1 from every sale of their 'Freakin Rainbow Burgers' towards the cause and raised £400.

The Northamptonshire Health Charity is appealing for £130,000 in total to build the outdoor play area.

Chief executive at Northampton Saints, Mark Darbon, said: "We are delighted to welcome Bite Street to Franklin’s Gardens.

"We are always looking for innovative ways to utilise the stadium during the off-season, and to use our fantastic facility in different ways, and Bite Street absolutely fits the bill – it will be really exciting to see a host of the region’s very best street food traders descend on our supporter village for what is shaping up to be a fantastic summer of outdoor events.

“Bite Street’s popularity with the people of the town was clear during its time at the County Cricket Ground, and we hope we can continue that success at the Gardens.”

To adhere to Covid-secure standards, tickets must be pre-booked, there are limited arrivals each hour, there will be no mixing between different groups and full table service with four people seated at one table (unless they are from the same household).

Bite Street NN launched in 2019 and features an ever-changing roster of the region’s best street food traders. Visit https://www.bitestreet.co.uk/ to see the line-up for the next event.