2017 seems to have been the year that Glasgow finally started to catch up with the rest of the UK when it came to street food.
With businesses popping up all over the city like Julie’s Kitchen, Ramen Dayo!, Chompsky, Street Food Putter Club and El Perro Negro, it was time that Glasgow had a permanent street food market just like London (Hello KERB, I miss you!).Some of these pop ups have gone on to have permanent homes such as Julie’s Kopitiam in Pollokshaws Road which officially opened today. Go pay her a visit, not because she’s a friend but because her Malaysian food is exceedingly good.
In March this year, Big Feed launched as a joint venture between Street Food Putter Club, Firedog and Charlie Mills Coffee. Running bi-monthly, this was the first real street food market that Glasgow ever saw. Since launching and the initial hiccups pushed aside, it has regularly been a go-to destination for something a little different at the weekends.
The Dockyard Social
Now it’s time to say hello to The Dockyard Social, just off the Finneston strip (in Yorkhill to be exact). Initially running over 4 days (Thu-Sun) bi-monthly, next year will see The Dockyard Social pitching up permanently.
Along with the street food market, a training and development school will be launched in the New Year to nurture new talent as well as assisting local unemployed people who can benefit from the experience, training and support. A great social enterprise initiative to get on board with.
Tickets and Tokens
What differs with The Dockyard Social is that prior to attending you’re encouraged to purchase tickets for £5 each which includes entry and a free drink upon arrival (think beer, wine, cocktail or soft drink).
Available in hourly slots, this is to assist with crowd control and also to ensure the overall experience runs smoothly for not only the visitors (us!) but the traders themselves.
Each dish served by the different traders is also priced at £5 or less and once again, you can purchase food tokens in advance via The Dockyard Social website. Want more food on the day? You can purchase more tokens at the door, but you’re taking a chance.
I for one welcome the use of tickets and tokens because quite frankly, there is nothing worse than having to squeeze past people not being able to move or waiting for hours in queues for food only to find out they’ve sold out due to over-whelming demand.
We visited at 6pm on Saturday night and the event was in full swing. 9 stalls serving a variety of different options catering to vegetarians, vegans and meat lovers alike. Unfortunately a trader dropped out due to ill heath last-minute who catered for gluten-free and plant-based diners.
Rotating Street Food Traders
From the stalls available, we ate from Bumpin Dumplin Co, NomNam, Pizza Hawker, Wing & A Prayer, Chompsky and C.R.E.A.M.
We devoured dishes such as Korean Fried Chicken, Gochujang Sauce, Kimchi and Spring Onion from Chompksy, Chicken Potstickers with Octo Vinaigrette from Bumpin Dumplin Co, Malaysian Chicken Satay Curry from NomNam, Caribbean Pineapple and Mango Scotch Bonnet Chicken Wings from Wing & a Prayer then heading back to Bumpin Dumplin Co for Vegetable Gyoza, Spring Onion, Ginger and Garlic because the first round were so good.
My overall favourite? Bumpin Dumplin Co and not just for the name. Damn those potstickers were delicious. Octo Vinaigrette is like crack. Traders will be changing regularly, so don’t expect to see your favourites constantly. It’s good to give other street food traders a chance and try food from traders you’ve never heard of before but sad that I won’t be eating gyoza every chance I get.
Not one but four bars
For those who like a little alcoholic beverage, there are 4 bars dotted around the warehouse. From alcoholic slushes, craft beer, Jägermeister cocktails to a hidden away Jack Daniels bar, there is definitely something for everyone, even the designated drivers and tee-total.
Things certainly do look good for Glasgow and I hope with the introduction of the training and development school we see some new talent emerge within the Glasgow food scene bringing a new flavour of street food along with them.
Did I mention The Dockyard Social are dog friendly to? Bonus!
Do you think it’s about time Glasgow has a permanent street food market? What type of traders do you want to see appear on the scene? Do you think a permanent street food market would work in Glasgow?
The Dockyard Social
95-107 Haugh Road
Glasgow, G3 8TY