Durham’s food scene has taken quite the hit of late, with Bistro 21 and Oldfields restaurants closing without much warning. It seemed a shame that such a beautiful, vibrant city was being left with mediocre offerings and high street chains. Thankfully, good news comes in the form of The Durham Street Food Project. A similar premise to Newcastle’s Steamer event, DSFP has moved around a lot since it started back in Nov 2014 both in terms of location and time. Run by Toby, who is also the resident chef of The Asian Project, it has grown in popularity after a brief hiatus in early 2015. They seem to have settled on a Tuesday night once a month now, with the event being held in Durham’s picturesque Market Place. Featuring live music, The Full Moon Market offers some of the best street food traders in the North East so naturally I had to pop along with the clan to sample some of the delights on offer. Hearing that stalls sell out, I was there early doors to ensure I didn’t miss out!
Here’s a list of all the traders who were involved in this month’s Full Moon event:
The Asian Project
Fat Hippo (see post here)
The Doughnut Guy (see previous mention here)
La Petite Creperie (previous post here)
Tandoori Naan Hut
Earth And Fire Pizza (featured previously in a post here)
Hani’s Kitchen (see mention here)
The Green Guerrilla
We thoroughly enjoyed our wander, especially as the weather was pleasant. The Pad Thai from The Asian Project with its crunchy vegetables, peanuts and delicious sauce was my favourite of the visit. Most of the savoury options are between £4 – £5 which is reasonable value for money.
It was also great to chat to the folk behind The Green Guerilla, who sold vegetarian and vegan options at the Full Moon Market. I’ve brought home some goodies from them to try out on Mr. Canny, who was unfortunately at work while I swanned round enjoying my afternoon!
I’m disappointed I didn’t get to try more food, especially from The Tandoori Naan Hut. A regular at the Quayside Market, I’ll have to sample their food next time we visit there. I can only eat so much on my own, and I instantly regretted eating lunch while in the market with the delicious smells wafting round.
This will be a great family evening out during the summer months. Letting the kids chose which vendor they want their supper from and being able to try out different cuisines is a lovely way to bond without the hassle of the dishes and the distraction of the TV and/or computer. Running from 4pm until 9, it’s ideal for popping to after work if you really can’t be bothered to cook. We’re looking forward to the next one, which is due to be held on the 19th April.
Thanks for reading,