Sheffield get Served: The new pop-up in town
Here at Food Festival Finder we’re big fans of entrepreneurial traders who have started from scratch, perhaps with just a bike, a pizza oven and a dream. To succeed they rely on a combination of hard work and a unique passion for their food. For start-ups like this in and around Sheffield, Temporary - a new kid on the Yorkshire block - is giving street food traders a home for one evening, their very own temporary restaurant.
This is why we love Temporary:
They know you don’t have to serve crisps on a skewer to try and be unique:
It's one of a kind and yes, you’ll hear this about almost every pop-up from Dartmouth to Dundee but Temporary really is something else! The food offerings available are constantly being refreshed with small indie traders rotating weekly, meaning that each event brings with it a unique combination of vendors. What makes Temporary so different is that they are working with caterers who use fresh local Yorkshire produce to serve an astoundingly broad range of world cuisine.
Just look at Bahn Mi Booth (August 27th) :
This August , Bahn Mi Booth will be showcasing at Temporary, bridging the gap between classic British grub and Saigon street food. Some say the heart and soul of their operation is ‘Gloria’, the affectionately named 1979 Renault Estafette.
Gloria and the team have got your fix of French-Vietnamese fusion food covered, and yes, that will be locally sourced pork in your char siu bahn mi baguette! Produce that makes its way into the booth won’t have travelled for miles and miles – which leads us to our next point...
They know bigger isn’t always better, but reducing waste to the environment is!
The food trucks that Temporary work with are often focused on reducing food waste and their food miles. These days, the origin of the ingredients in your food and their impact on the environment, is just as important as taste. Food provenance, as it’s termed, is something we all ought to concern ourselves with.
Just ask Smokin’ Blues (October 29th):
On the 29th October Temporary will bring Smokin’ Blues to a warehouse on Trafalgar Street. This custom-built shiny silver truck, commanded by chef Morgan Boyle, is an admirable example of food ethics done properly. The team will be serving up the best in slow-smoked BBQ using beef sourced from Burton’s Butchers in nearby Pocklington with minimal food miles. Their chicken and pork (from R & J Farmers) is Freedom Food Approved, which means the supplier has been assessed by the RSPCA and has met their standards for the welfare of the animals that they raise. What about the bap that’s clasping your pulled pork or beef brisket? Well that’s from the local bakery in York, of course!
They’re taking back the food for the city.
Pop-up restaurants often have to travel around the country to capitalise on the high footfall of customers that festivals provide. This takes them off our streets and into events that we have to pay lots of money for. Even if we do attend the event and get our bite to eat, the dining experience isn’t the same and neither is the atmosphere. Temporary are trying to buck this trend, invigorating the Sheffield food scene by providing immersive dining experiences in the convenience of city locations, without the festival price tag.
The mysterious part (July 30th):
Google the location for their first event and you’ll find yourself at a loss. Deleted as a postcode in May 2015, Temporary describe their flagship venue as a veritable ‘magpies nest’. It seems that in addition to new and exciting cuisine, Temporary will also be introducing their diners to some of Sheffield’s disused structures and neglected edifices – offering something of a revival for out-of-the-ordinary run-down urban locations throughout the city. From this first location they’ll be hosting Pie Eyed: think British basics with a twist, with pies served out of a horse box. Presumably, there’ll be a bird’s eye view of the city to match.
Launching on July 30th, Temporary promises diners will be “transported into a multi-sensory dining experience of sight, sound and taste stimulation... for a top flight of street food”. Priced at £20 for two courses “we could say more......but let the experience speak for itself”
We can’t wait!