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Street Food Catering

Street food - everything you need to know about running a street food business

What is Street Food?

Street Food is the growing scene of top quality artisan food being sold on the street, whether that be from a market, high street or event. From its underground beginnings, Street Food has become an innovative and engaging social phenomenon, and is considered to be one of the most innovative and engaging trends in UK catering.

Street Food traders can sell any type of food (but it must be of high quality) and operate from any type of unit including stalls, gazebos, carts, trailers, vans, trucks and many different conversions including Citroen H Vans, VW camper vans... Even fire engines! The wackier the better.

Thinking of starting a street food business?

Take the online training course that's going to set you up for success!

We have a street food start up course that's perfect for anyone who’s serious about succeeding on the street food scene

Find out exactly how to start up a street food business with modules covering everything from legal requirements to equipment and finance to social media. Plus you can choose your own route through the course using the module index (just complete every module to get your certificate PDF)!

Course Price
£60 +VAT

Members Price
£30 +VAT

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Have your say...

Help shape the Street Food industry by filling out a very short survey. We're interested in what your experiences are and how you think the industry can be improved. It will help us target our campaigns to Government, food safety teams, event organisers and other traders.

Take this survey if you're already trading as a Street Food caterer

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Take this survey if you're thinking of starting up as a Street Food caterer

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Why Start a Street Food Business?

Thinking about starting a street food business? Listen to successful street food traders talking about why it's a great idea and pick up some useful tips in the process!

5 Reasons Why We

Street Food

The Street food revolution is in full swing and we think it's great. Here's why:


The Food is Great!

Let's get something straight: We LOVE food. We're what you might call 'Foodies' (fellow foodies know exactly what a foodie is). We talk about food all day long with people who work with food or who want to work with food, and that's because we love it - if we didn't it would drive us mad! The Street Food revolution has brought fantastic artisan food to the masses and we think that that's awesome. Any fellow foodie will agree.


It Brings People Together

There is a sense of belonging at Street Food markets that's different to when dining in a restaurant, because in essence you are actually sharing a meal with loads of other people, most of whom you don't know or have never spoken to and probably never will. And it feels good. 


It Provides Jobs & Entrepreneurs

As the economy has struggled and businesses trimmed and tightened their belts, which other industry has grown and provided jobs like this? Not only that, but it has encouraged Entrepreneurship - developing skills and attributes that few paid positions ever could. With such low start-up costs, Street Food has proven an excellent way for people of all social and economic backgrounds to start their own enterprise - and the industry is richer for it! 


It's Regenerating & Developing Run-Down Areas

There are Street Food markets are appearing in areas that many people would never have dreamed going to a few years ago, take for example Street Feast in Dalston, East London. This market trades out of a burnt down warehouse that has been abandoned, and yet people travel from all over London to go there. Just consider that for a moment - people traveling to spend money in a run down part of London in a run down building. Millions of Euros of EU money spent on regeneration projects would struggle to have the same impact, and yet this is free. 


Its a Growing Industry 

The development and growth of Street Food in the UK has been nothing short of remarkable. It has grown from a handful of itinerant traders plying their trade in car parks and under used spaces around the capital, to the insatiable growth of specialist Street Food markets and ‘off-grid’ style events. 

There are new markets and Street Food collectives starting up all over the country, from London, Birmingham and Manchester to Bristol, Leeds and Edinburgh.  Few other industries can match that, plus it's not going away. Hooray for that. 

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