the pitt street food market: ‘It’s a bombardment on the senses!’
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Last week we revealed that a brand new street food event, the pitt, is coming to Edinburgh on Saturday December 12, bringing some of Scotland’s best street food traders to the capital.

Located in Pitt Street, between Leith and Newhaven, the event will offer attendees a chance to eat a three course gourmet meal in casual surroundings.

WOW247 is an official partner of the event, supporting it to become a feature in the city’s calendar.

We spoke to organisers Hal Prescott and Scott Kirkham to discover more about the event, the first in a series that will take place throughout 2016.

For anyone unsure what to expect at a street food market, how would you sum it up in a sentence?

“A bombardment on the senses and an instant sensation of hunger!”

What have you discovered in some trips to other cities that inspired you?

“All across south East Asia’s towns and villages there are street food vendors everywhere you turn. When you venture into bigger towns and cities there are huge areas and streets dedicated to eating. In Hong Kong particularly, the majority of eating is cooked and consumed on the streets.

“It’s quick, cost effective and very tasty. The atmosphere and the buzz is infectious.”

What changes have you noticed in Edinburgh’s street food scene over the last few years?

“It’s grown really quickly and is continuing to do so. When ​we​ ​are trading there are always people coming up and enquiring about street trading and expressing interest in starting their own venture. There are some really quality concepts out there. The Crema Caravan guys are getting national recognition and Tupiniquim has built up a city wide following.

“However there’s such a ​small ​number of ​good pitches for traders and even more competition for space at the established farmers markets. Thats why we believe ‘the pitt’ is an over due addition to Edinburgh’s food scene.”

How long have you been planning the pitt?

​”Since starting to trade in Edinburgh we’ve felt that its street food had much more potential and in order to focus and shout about the different traders and potential we knew that we needed a venue where we could do that and experiment with ​a collection of Scottish Street Food traders​.​ But once we found the venue in October things have happened very quickly.

“We’re looking forward to hearing feedback after this first event to help us invest in the right parts of the venue ​though 2016.”

How responsive have vendors been to the idea?

“​We’ve had so many messages of support from traders, bars and restaurants. And we now have a list of ​20​ different traders who have expressed interest for 2016. Vendors love the idea that we’re also traders as opposed to separate organisers who have different agendas.”

Can you introduce a few of the vendors and what they’re bringing to the market?

​”Where to start… we’ve got Scoff who specialise in ‘Tattie Scone Wraps​’ you have to try the Cullen Skink! Rost who do a mean KFR (Kentucky Fried Rabbit) the mighty Mexican guys doing that Mexican tacos thing.

“Oh and the Crema Caravan have a variety of creme brûlées which are burnt to order! We’ve got nine fantastic traders signed up for Saturday. You won’t find​ the​ variety of food like that anywhere in Scotland.”

Can attendees expect to try some alcohol along with their food?

​Most definitely. You cannot enjoy great food without something fantastic to drink. Barney’s Beer will be representing the beer side. We have some ​awesome wines and decided to take a hit on the margin so attendees can enjoy wine that is of quality to the food at cracking value for money. Having come from a wine background I really be really interested to see what people think of the small but carefully selected wines.

“Local craft distilleries Caorunn Gin, Arbikie Vodka and Old Pulteney have all jumped aboard on the spirits front and we will be on hand to explain what makes these craft spirits so great and worth paying that bit extra​ for​. On the soft side we have super local Kitsch Soda with their rubarb & thai basil or cucumber & fennel seed flavours.​​”

Will there be a particularly Christmassy theme to your December event?

​​”It’s not Santa’s grotto but ​there will be christmas trees on sale ​from Forthside Trees and a bit of face painting through the day. I know a number of Christmas orientated specials will be on the menu across the different traders and Christmas jumpers are encouraged!”

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You’re already planning events for 2016 – can you give us a sneak preview of what we can expect?

“​On trader and customer feedback we want to invest in the venue and facilities over the winter with the idea of launching the event every Saturday ​from spring through to the end of summer. We will be encouraging creativity and interaction from the traders​,​ brands​ and the arts community​​.

“So do keep an eye out on Instagram for how things are progressing over the winter.”

More info: the pitt, 125 Pitt Street, Edinburgh, 12 Dec, 12noon – 10pm

Keep up to date and check out the vendors on Facebook and Twitter.

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