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.
Vanilla Lifestyle on Albert Street is proud to be part of the 1st Thursdays initiative.
Come in between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 5th March, spend more than £5 and you can enter the fabulous lucky dip. There'll be a whole variety of prizes on offer, from bath bombs to scented candles to gift vouchers up to the value of £30.
We'll see you there!!!
Bargain Booze on Clifton Road are exited to be part of the 1st Thursdays initiative.
Come into the store between 5pm and 8pm on Thursday 5th March and you could enjoy a tasty tipple. Bargain Booze will be running a wine tasting event, sampling some of the fabulous wines from their premier range. To find out more about Bargain Booze's premier range, call Mike on 01788 572 767.
We've been collecting feedback and talking about 1st Thursdays, but they're really happening! We've got some funding to do a great big marketing campaign so we need to get all of our local retailers on board.
Retailers and town centre businesses will be receiving all the information you need in the newsletter from the Rugby Bid next week. When you've had a good look, make sure you come back to this website and sign up as a participant of 1st Thursdays. If you need any more information, you can get in touch and we'll come and tell you anything you want to know about it.
Once you've decided that you're joining in - and why wouldn't you? It's fantastic idea - you need to let us know what you want to do on the night to tempt even more people in to your shop. If you're struggling for ideas we'll be holding workshops that you can come along to, and we'll help you work out what you could do in your business and how you can tell everyone about it.
If you're not a retailer, but you agree with us that 1st Thursdays are a great idea, make sure you tell all of your friends and lobby your favourite shopkeepers so that they will definitely take part.
1st Thursdays are going to happen. Let's all work together to make them fantastic.
Regent Street based Etcetera is on board with 1st Thursdays, and will be running a fantastic raffle during the event. Come in to the shop on the evening of the 5th March to buy your ticket and you'll be entered into the raffle. First Prize is a Radley Handbag. Remember, you've got to be in it to win it!!
If you're thinking of getting married, Cinnamon & Marmalade on Albert Street is the place to visit on March 5th. They'll be celebrating 1st Thursday with a mini Wedding Fair. It's not just about the party stuff, although obviously all of their party stuff is fabulous (!), they'll also have all sorts of other people in there like the florist, the cake maker and the photographer. Whatever you need, all under one roof.
And you don't need to be getting married to have an excuse to pop in. Whatever sort of party you're throwing, they've got everything you could want - whether you knew you wanted it or not!