“I went to Reading’s annual street food festival and it’s something you won’t want to miss” – Hannah Roberts

Eat Reading is an annual foodie event that takes place in Reading town centre. For just one weekend each year, Broad Street is overrun with a plethora of food stalls selling cuisine from around the world.

From Malaysia to Mexico and Portugal to Peru, there are plenty of food outlets to try. I went to downtown Reading myself to see what was on offer and this is definitely an event you won’t want to miss.

This year, the event runs from Saturday May 7 to Sunday May 8. It’s run by Blue Collar – the guys who run the independent restaurant Blue Collar Corner and the Blue Collar Market which runs on Wednesdays and Fridays.

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There are 20 different cuisines on offer and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the food. Blue Collar Corner tweeted about the various food vendors attending the event this year. These vendors include Gully, Brink and Babs, Heavenly Sausage, Makan Malaysia, Fink, Peru Sabor, You Bao, El Asado, Mr Pigstuff, Dirty Snax, and Anonymous Coffee.

I headed to the event myself on the Saturday and having arrived just after 1pm, downtown was absolutely packed and teeming with people ready to dive into something tasty.

A wide variety of food is sold at the festival.

Not only was there Eat Reading downtown, but there was also a music festival called Are You Listening? Music seemed to come from all parts of town and the main street was very busy.

With many different seating options, most people were seated enjoying their food while listening to the music being played. When I arrived a steel band called RASPO started playing in the middle of the main street. Other musicians will also play at the food festival this weekend, including a ukulele band called No Strings Attached and a singer-songwriter called Natalie Gray.

In town, I walked all the way up the main street when I got to Broad Street and saw some really great options. There was a long line for a Bratwurst van and loads of kids eating churros with chocolate sauce.

Elsewhere there was a funky looking Indian street food truck called Gully and in another area there were massive pans filled with paella. In the end, I opted for yuka fries and ketchup that came with an iced coffee from Anonymous Coffee and a Biscoff lotus brownie in it.

They were all delicious in their own way and every member of staff I spoke to when ordering was incredibly friendly, even if they were really rushed. The coffee was delicious and fresh while the fries were crispy and the brownie chewy and decadent. My only regret is that I didn’t buy more.

There are so many different things you can try at the food festival that the choice actually seems to become a problem. There were curries, side dishes and drinks I had never heard of before and for that reason Eat Reading is definitely something not to miss. Where else could you go from drinking Mango Lassi and spicy Indian curry to devouring a New York Reuben sandwich and root beer?

When is Eat Reading and what food is available?

Eat Reading is held annually in Reading town centre. It’s an annual street food festival and this year it runs from Saturday 7th May to Sunday 8th May. Every day the food stalls open at 11am and the festival runs until the early evening – around 5pm.

Vendors Gully, Brink and Babs, Heavenly Sausage, Makan Malaysia, Fink, Peru Sabor, You Bao, El Asado, Mr Pigstuff, Dirty Snax, and Anonymous Coffee sell food and beverages at the event.

Some of the foods sold include:

  • churros
  • Tacos
  • curries
  • New York style sandwiches
  • brownies
  • Coffee
  • Indian street food
  • empanadas
  • Paella
  • Bao buns
  • Pork flaps
  • Fleas
  • Slips
  • Sausage

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