The retailers behind the late night shopping event 1st Thursdays are launching Rugby’s first evening street food market.
To make 1st Thursday the tastiest day of the month, the team are bringing six of the hottest street food traders in the Midlands from the Scoff Street Food collective to the town centre.
Hungry shoppers can tuck into speciality chicken and lamb dishes, feast on gourmet hotdogs, enjoy guilt free vegan snacks , relish gourmet toasties and sink into freshly made waffles piled with sweet treats.
Fans of Tex Mex food should head over to The Hungry Toad for their signature dish. Free range chicken, fried in buttermilk and their secret coating, served with choice of toppings and homemade hot sauce, honey and lemon, seasame seed or blue cheese dressing.
Savanna Grill specialises in South African street food, and their dishes for the night include the mighty meat feast Bunny chow – a lamb curry served inside a hollowed out loaf of bread and homemade biltong – air-dried beef marinated in coriander and spices.
Putting a healthy twist on junk food, The Vegan Grind House has their own take on the classic American Philly Cheesesteak. Their version is a freshly baked sub roll filled with marinated seitan steak strips, mushrooms, onions and jalapenos, topped with their homemade nacho cheese sauce.
After eight months of research, The Jabberwocky is premiering a new gourmet toastie. The Scotch Egg toastie is full of free range egg, covered in cheese and with sausage meat from a local butcher.
Gourmet hot dog fans will remember ‘The Edna’ from Big Daddies Diner’s previous visit to Rugby Food Festival. This is an all beef dog in brioche bun served with lashings of homemade beef chili, dressed with cheese and homemade jalepeno relish. Not for the fainthearted!
Those with a sweet tooth won’t be left out. For dessert The Bournville Waffle Company will be serving Rocky Road waffles with marshmallows, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chunks with freshly whipped cream and chocolate sauce from their pretty, pastel converted ice cream van.
For the chair of the 1st Thursdays team Simon Ainley, it was an easy decision to locate the street food market on Jubilee Gardens. He says “Right in the heart of the town centre we have this lovely triangle of grass, trees and benches in which to soak up the delicious tastes and aromas of our street food chefs. It is an underused public space that we are delighted to be able to make the most of for our late night shopping extravaganza.”
From 5 – 8pm visitors can eat alfresco and relax under gazebos in Jubilee Gardens to the soothing sounds of local musicians Ben Watts, Kate and the Moon Cats, Becki and The Dove and The Rattletones.
Appetites will also be sated by shopping for locally produced cheese, pickles and other deli delights inside the Clock Towers and savouring hot dogs and burgers crafted from locally reared pork by the Red Banger outside Rugby Tap.
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From the 5th March 2015, the 1st Thursday of every month will see a Rugby Town Centre Extravaganza from 5pm - 8pm!
Town Centre Retailers are getting together to breathe life back into Rugby. As part of the plan to make the town a great destination, we will be holding 1st Thursday events every month. There'll be entertainment on the streets - from music, to comedians, to actors. Who knows, there may even be fire eaters! As well as entertainment, there'll be street food, offering something different for everyone. The shops and will be open, so you'll be able to get an evening appointment with your optician or go and treat yourself to something new in one of the clothes shops. There'll be all sorts of promotions too, from wine tastings to fashion shows, tea parties to flower arranging demonstrations, whatever you would like to see in the town, we'll be trying to make sure it's happening!
Workers can leave their offices and wander straight into the festival atmosphere. Families can come in and enjoy the activities. Whatever you're doing in Rugby, you'll have fun. After enjoying the entertainment, activities and shopping that late night 1st Thursday has to offer, stay and eat at one of the local cafés or restaurants, rather than go home and start cooking.