Amazing Graze, how sweet the sound (and taste)

As soon as I heard about Amazing Graze I knew that it was an event I had to be a part of. The event is on today (6th April) so, if you’re around in Leeds, why not pop down and have a gander.

Amazing Graze is being held at Left bank which, used to be a church but now is used as a multifunctional space, where you can hold just about any event.  It’s in a good location as it is on the outskirts of Leeds city centre and really easy to get to.

Amazing Graze was organised by Manjit and Michael from Manjit’s Kitchen. The concept was simple, to create an environment where traders, chefs, artists, foodies, musicians can  come together and share what they do best.

What’s really amazing is that fact that all of this was organised with no sponsorship or budget. Over that last year Manjit’s Kitchen have found traders that shared their passion for street food and invited them along to come and set up stall for Amazing Graze.

There was so much good food, if you come down you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Here’s a lowdown I what I found.


Manjit’s kitchen

Manjit’s Kitchen are very familiar with Left bank  as they serve up their street food at Stir it up, a night that is also held at left bank.

Manjit’s kitchen was set up in 2009, the idea came out of the frustration of the lack traditional indian street food in the food marketplace. The food is vegetarian and authentically from the punjab.

What must you try?

Bhel Puri, made with puffed rice fresh coriander, onion and lime juice amongst other ingredients were selling like hotcakes. I absolutely love samosas so I was sure to get some to take with me on my journey to Brum.

Twitter: @Manjitskitchen


The Rib man
Up from London for one night only, Mark (The rib man) came armed with 200kg of meat slow cooked on the rib.

For slow cooked pork, I always use a shoulder joint, but after trying one of the Ribman’s pork burgers I think I might have to give ribs a go. The fact that the meat is slow cooked on the bone means the juice from the marrow adds richness and there’s just the right amount of fat.


Even though the sauce (Holy F**K) looked pretty scary, I managed to smother my pork burger in it and live to tell the tale. I you are ever near Brick Lane seek out the Rib man, you wont regret it.



Fish &
Featured on the blog already Fish& serves up fish with a twist. The fish tapas is a variety of different batters from black pepper to chili and lime (my favourite).

What must you try?

Fish Tapas

Twitter: @NoFishyBusiness


El Kantina

Featured on the Blog last week, El Kantina serves up a mix of mexican and southern street food with a twist.

What must you try?

Sourdough bread bowls drizzled with sauce and a bit of cheese.

Twitter: @ElKantina


Margo and Rita

Margo and Rita are based in Cheshire and started up two months ago, in that time they have built up quite a following by going to many festivals in the midlands. Their transformed H van,  really is  a vision in purple. Have a look for yourself


What must you try?
Burritos are the specialty at Margo and Rita, the pork is slow cooked with over 11 different ingredients including marmalade which gives the pork an added sweetness. Also I would check out their Chili hot chocolate.

Twitter: @MargoAndRitas


Barn House Bistro

Part of the Guerrilla Eats collective, Barn House Bistro serves up rump steak burgers, opting for this cut of meat as it has more flavour . Based in Salford, Barn House Bistro takes inspiration from the manchester food scene but, puts their own twist on it.

What must you try?

Their burger served in a brioche bun. It helps to soak up the juice from the burger without it all falling apart. The cool lime mayo (made fresh, this batch used up nearly 100 limes) and mature cheddar makes for a perfect burger in my eyes.


Twitter: @BistroBarnHouse


In the mood for something sweet? Lulabelle’s serves an array of homemade cakes and ground coffee from her powder pink VW camper van. Based in Harrogate but traveling to festivals far and wide Lulabelle has been going for over three years now.

What must you try?

Their best seller, Chocolate Guinness cake, but saying that they all looked equally scrumptious.

Twitter @VWLulabelle


Courtyard Dairy
Courtyard Dairy serve  hot grilled Raclette cheese. This cheese is put under the grill and when it reaches melting point the top layer is scraped off onto potatoes and pickles from Rosebud preserves based in Healey, North Yorkshire.

Twitter @CourtyardDairy


Afsaneh’s Kitchen

Afsaneh’s Kitchen have ran a variety of pop up restaurants over the last year, bringing the Persian feast to their customers. Tonight was no difference with a gorgeous array of homemade Mezze.

What must you try?
The Persian candy floss my little brother and I gorged ourselves on it.


Twitter @AfsanehKaviani

Greedy Bassets 
Having done a piece on Greedy Bassets for Culture Vulture I was looking forward to putting some faces to the Name. Dave and Emily were so passionate about what they do it was so lovely to catch up with them. There are a lot of new developments in the pipeline for the summer so, I am sure that we will be seeing them on the blog soon.



What must you try?

I had a beautiful fish bap at GB, the lightly season salad and tangy mayo worked with the beautifully cooked fish. If only they could have brought the sunshine. Fingers crossed for when we go to the coast to see them.


Twitter: @greedybassets

Las Paelleras
When you think of spanish food then first thing that spring to my mind is Paella. Las Paelleras, based in Manchester have been serving Paella for over two years. The dishes are not pre-made and freshly cook on the day. From visiting Spain and seeing how popular the dish was our there, las Paelleras wanted to replicate this idea over here.


What must you try?

The seafood Paella with Patatas Bravas

Twitter: @Las_Paelleras

Ginger Comfort Emporium

Never have a seen such a chic looking ice cream van ! Ginger Comfort Emporium has a real parisian feel to it.

What must you try?

Either the Green Genie or the Green Meanie, Perfect treat if you have a sweet tooth.

Twitter: @GingersComfort




A big thanks to Manjit’s kitchen for putting this together and to all that have been involved.

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