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Blog: foodPark at Eddington

Rebecca Chong, owner of foodPark

foodPark is a collective of top quality local and independent street food traders.

foodPark traders are all local independent owner-operated businesses with an emphasis on high quality and carefully sourced ingredients. We have returned to Eddington on Wednesday evenings from 5pm-8pm and Saturday lunchtimes from 12-2pm. We offer a range of different food that are suitable for all tastes.

Starting with the typical burger, probably our most well-known trader is Steak & Honour, who do proper burgers and fries with locally sourced produce. Our second burger option is the Buffalo Joe’s buttermilk chicken burger, and they also serve award-winning chicken wings.

Road Dogs offer a variety of American-style hotdogs with a selection of loaded fries. These are really high-quality frankfurters with a secret blend of ten herbs and spices lovingly put together.

A really popular truck is Kura Kura who serve Sri Lankan and South Indian street food. They roast and grind all of their own spices and they are famous for their onion bhajis. Guerrilla Kitchen create Asian-style bao, each one is steamed to order and all of their produce is seasonal so their menu is always changing.

The Wandering Yak is inspired by flavours of the Middle East, fresh and vibrant plant-based street food which is all vegetarian or vegan. Bocatas from Azahar are filled with Spanish-style flavours served in local artisan bread. We also have Churros Bar for dessert which are Spanish fried dough pastry with three types of dip: home-made salted caramel, Nutella and strawberry jam.

Pimp my Fish is fantastic traditional fish and chips as well as non-traditional dishes like a crispy fish finger burrito with Asian slaw, mango chutney and curry sauce. Pizza Mondo is the newest truck in the collective, and use fresh homemade dough to deliver delicious Neapolitan pizzas out of their retro Beaufort horsebox.

Alongside our main food trucks we also work with Sweet Ally Scoops, a pink vintage ice cream van as well as Jack’s Gelato – who is famous in Cambridge for making small batches of delicious ice cream. New on the scene is VG Coffee who will be based at Eddington alongside foodPark on Saturdays. They serve coffee from a highly innovative and ultra-low carbon pedal-powered coffee bike that requires no electricity. The beans for each cup of coffee are freshly ground to order by pedal power and they have a variety of plant based milks on offer.

All of the traders carry vegetarian and/or vegan options as well, and with notice can cater to all dietary requirements. If you have a concern or a specific requirement that is absolutely fine but we just need a bit of notice, so just get in touch with us ahead of time.

The space at Eddington is ideal, using the Market Square which is a central through-way and space for all of the residents and visitors is fantastic. It means that people can stumble across us and join in and it’s a lovely space to work in. It feels really sociable, and it’s really nice to get to know some of the residents who are regularly attending foodPark. The feedback that we’ve had from Eddington is that residents are thrilled to have something like foodPark which offers great variety with different traders every week.

People can use foodPark as an opportunity to see their friends and neighbours, bring their children out to play, and you can see people get talking in the queue. It really feels like a community atmosphere at Eddington, it’s really special. People have been coming over from Girton and all around the city as well which is wonderful.

Normally we would have tables and chairs out, but during the COVID-19 pandemic we are not offering that at the moment. We’re operating with measures in place to encourage social distancing including online ordering systems, contactless payment and food collection, hand sanitiser at vans and distance markers. It’s so much safer to eat outside at the moment and residents are embracing that they can enjoy really good food in a safe environment.

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