Nick Greeff of the Smoke PitNick Greeff of the Smoke Pit
Nick Greeff of the Smoke Pit

Foodie festival to return at Northampton cricket ground after first takeaway weekend was a sell out

It was the first time the street food festival operated as a drive-thru takeaway-only service to keep diners safe

The organisers of Bite Street - Northampton' s biggest street food festival - are returning in a fortnight after a successful weekend.

The two-day foodie festival, which took place between Friday and Saturday (November 6 and 7), had to quickly adapt and become a takeaway service after a second national lockdown was announced for England on Halloween.

Traders included Northampton-based small businesses The Smoke Pit and Pinch My Bun as well as The Little Urban BBQ, Cleopatra's Kitchen and The Patty Freaks and Urban Cheesecake.

Bite Street boss Crispin Slee said: "It went really well. We revinented the format in order to provide a lockdown 2.0 compliant drive-in, take-out service and we're really humbled by the support of the people of Northampton.

"We sold out of tickets on both nights and are looking forward to doing it all over again in two weeks time.

"The lobster rolls from Pinch My Bun were a real hit. Chef Dale left his team running the takeaway service at the restaurant in the Welly Road while he manned their horsebox single handed. He sold 170 lobster rolls over the two days and had completely sold out by 8pm on Saturday. The next event takes place on November 20 and 21 when we have another great line up of traders."

Cars were parked in numbered bays in the Abington Avenue car park at The County Ground where they could access the menu for the six traders via a QR code.

Not all of the 65 parking spaces could be used at the ground for social distancing reasons so only 35 cars were allowed into the arena every hour for their timed slot.

Bite Street, which was usually held at Duston Mill, in Upton Way, was able to welcome guests and traders back outdoors in July after months of no events due to coronavirus restrictions. After the organisers reported their events a roaring success, they moved to The County Ground on October 9 for the winter months.

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