Old Town Street Food Festival big success

Katie Craig from folk band Kaberet Bastardo tucks in after performing. Picture: Toby Williams
Katie Craig from folk band Kaberet Bastardo tucks in after performing. Picture: Toby Williams
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A FEAST of music was served up with a side order of wholesome street food as hundreds flocked to the newest addition on the Capital’s festival calendar.

Foodies have been out in force at the Three Sisters courtyard to enjoy the delights offered by pop-up eateries Smokey & The Bandit, Pink Taco and the Steak Shack, while enjoying music from Capital acts such as The Merrilees, Anna McLuckie and Kabaret Bastardo.

Labelled a “mini T in the Park”, the Old Town Street Food Festival, which began again yesterday following a successful Easter weekend debut and continued into Bank Holiday Monday, boasts food, tunes and craft beers all under one roof.

The host venue has also provided its own craft ale and cocktail bar on the top floor of the courtyard’s double-decker bus.

Organiser Graham Suttle, 34, of the Street Kitchen Collective, which laid on all the food at the event, said: “Street food isn’t just for foodies. We have got wonderful stuff on offer, philly cheese steak sandwiches, tacos, macaroni and cheese and pulled pork – people are loving it.

“People are a lot more aware of what they’re eating these days, it’s about offering them something more than just a burger and chips. All the ingredients are locally sourced and of the highest standard, none of it would look out of place in a restaurant.”

One of the bands taking part was Kabaret Bastardo, fronted by Edgar Guerriero and Katie Craig.

Edgar said: “This is a great festival. It’s cool to have so many things all under the one roof.”

Reveller John Gorman, 28, from Tollcross, was in attendance with a large group of friends.

He said: “I think it’s a great idea. You can watch the footy, grab some tasty food, soak up the sun and catch a band without having to move.”

In recent years the Three Sisters has gained notoriety around the Capital as the main rallying point for hen and stag parties, an image the venue is trying to shake off.

Sales and events manager, Sharon Norris, said: “We had become stag and hen central and we still welcome that business, but this is about showing there’s more to the Three Sisters than that.

“It’s been a great success and we hope to lay on more similar events through the summer.”