Earlier this month I went along to the Boiler Shop Steamer event at the Stephenson Works in Newcastle. I had been to Urban Night Feast in the same venue last September and absolutely loved it. So I had rather high hopes for this event too.
The event is basically a combination of live music, street food and awesome people. Each month (on the first weekend of the month) there will be a selection of street food vendors, bands and musicians, boutiques, comedy etc... etc... All coming together to make for a rather enjoyable evening.
We arrived for the event opening at 5:30pm, which meant it was free. After 6pm its £2 entry.
Being one of the first to arrive meant we got a table, then took it in turns to go to the various food vendors to try their wares. I started by inhaling a pork bun from Lulus Chinese, quickly followed by a vegeable samosa from Dabawal. The samosa was so full of flavour and spice I had to wash it down with a sloe gin and tonic from The Cumberland Arms.
After a brief rest I grabbed a mini pizza from the Pizzette van outside. Wild board, ricotta and artichokes (although there didnt seem to be any artichokes on mine). The pizza was OK, but to be honest I have had better. <>
After the pizza I was pretty full, so spent the rest of the evening listening to great music, chatting with friends and generally having a blast.
It started to get pretty busy by 8:30pm, so I headed home early to avoid the crazinesses of Newcastle on a Friday night.
It is so exciting to have an event like this in Newcastle on a regular basis (the first weekend of each month, on both the Friday night and the Saturday from 12pm). I look forward to going along to other events and trying different vendors, and hearing different music. My suggestions for future one would be more sweet options, like ice cream or even cake! Also, the porta-potties are pretty grim, proper toilets please!
Did you attend the event? What did you think? If you didn't go, seriously, get yourself there next month! (If you are not local, hop on a train, totally worth it!)