Take to the streets – street food wedding ideas

I hope you aren’t reading this before lunchtime because let me tell you this has been one hunger-inducing post to research! Street food, food trucks, mobile food vans…they all come under many guises but they are leading the way in affordable, relaxed, entertaining and clearly delicious catering options for events and now weddings. This isn’t necessarily a post on pretty, but from my planning experience – food is a huge part of the wedding and you can be just as creative with the food as you can the decor!

This type of catering isn’t for everyone – it’s not your three course sit down meal, but for those looking for an informal catering option, these self-contained adaptable kitchens are great for event spaces that can’t contain lots of equipment or outdoor ‘wedstivals’ whether it’s for an evening snack, sweet treats or the main meal itself. They also happen to look pretty cool too.

A lot of couples tell me they don’t want the elongated canape reception where guests only get to have a morsel of food along with many a glass of bubbles as this always seems the most drawn out part of the day and people get a bit fidgety. Serving street food at this point is an excellent option as it allows the guests to be busy and interested, it entertains kids and gets people talking. It can also be much more cost effective than a few cocktail sausages.

So I’ve done a bit of research and picked out some of my favourite street food catering finds and ideas for weddings. They are all based in the UK, so hurrah!

AnnaMaes Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Anna Maes

Anna Maes specialise in food from the American Deep South, so think skillets of comforting Mac N Cheese, hearty Chilli or a more meaty option of tasty pulled pork and brisket. Perfect for a campsite wedding to warm your guests up, and who wouldn’t find that cute shack with the sign ‘cheesus loves you’ oh so appealing! www.anna-maes.com

WholeFoodHeaven 001 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Wholefood Heaven

Served from the beautiful Citroen H van, Wholefood Heaven does what it says – delicious vegetarian and vegan wholefoods, perfect for the health conscious couple. The food is lovingly made by a husband and wife team [who have worked previously in the health food business] to a very high quality using unprocessed and organic ingredients as much as possible, such as their award winning ‘Buddha Bowls’ which are nutritionally balanced but delicious meals. More cred to them as they also serve the food in environmentally friendly and biodegradable packaging. www.wholefoodheaven.co.uk

creperienicolas mobilevan 001 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Crêperie Nicolas

Mmm Crêpes! Crêperie Nicolas brings together the archetypically French crêpes and traditional Breton buckwheat galettes with the finest Italian coffee for a perfect sweet treat and pick me up! The classic well presented dinky blue Citroen van can go anywhere and is a great alternative to a sit-down dessert for weddings [mines a nutella and banana!] although they do also offer delicious savoury options too. www.creperie-nicolas.com

Oystermeister 000 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Oystermeister

OK, well not strictly a van but very much still mobile, this is a more lavish catering option, where you can hire the Oystermeister who brings fresh oysters, shucking them to your guests on the spot. Having just recently worked with these guys they are great to work alongside your existing caterers for the reception, it’s just one man and they require no kitchen or prep space and leave without a trace which as a planner is a dream supplier! They even provide all the condiments such as vinaigrette, Tabasco and fresh lemon juice. Sadly, I don’t eat seafood but I can confirm there were a lot of entertained and satisfied guests after his shucking. www.oystermeister.com

PieministerWeddings 000 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Pieminister

There is nothing quite as hardy as pie is there? Perfect for the ‘festival’ wedding, cheerful company Pieminister cater for weddings and events with their delicious award winning pies. You wouldn’t think it, but these guys can be versatile depending on your needs so you can choose between posh pies [for a sit down meal] or for a more festival feel they have mobile catering too and serve their pie and mash box for fuss free good food. I love that they have seasonal specials which is perfect to suit the time of year you’re getting married and they can also cater for canapés and more. www.pieminister.co.uk

Left Photo by  Neil Thomas Douglas via Festival Brides / Right Photos via Aspirational Bride

StreetKitchenWeddings 001 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Street Kitchen

It may seem that a lot of street food options are fairly ‘fast’ food, however Street Kitchen is restaurant quality food served from a rather shiny vintage Airstream. It’s a genius concept really, because without the overheads of all the kitchen equipment to hire, and staff to serve – this is a really affordable opportunity to have gourmet food for your wedding without the typical high catering costs. Street Kitchen use 100% UK sourced sustainable and organic ingredients so the menu evolves with the seasons. www.streetkitchen.co.uk

TacoTruckWeddings 001 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Taco Truck

For those looking to add a bit of spice to their wedding, then there’s the Taco Truck mobile kitchen. They serve specially chosen soft taco recipes inspired by the markets in southern Mexico, yum! They have catered for many private parties and I think it’s a great choice for larger weddings as they can cater for up to 300 people! www.tacotruck.co.uk

bigapplehotdogs cart 001 Take to the streets   street food wedding ideas Big Apple Hot Dogs

Hotdogs [well, gourmet ones] seem to be having their moment right now in the food world and there’s nothing quite like a NYC street hot dog [if you choose wisely that is!] and owner Abiye of Big Apple Hot Dogs brings New York style to London with his shiny cart! Big Apple Hot Dogs are hand-made in London using only natural casings and quality ingredients [no nasty bits in these]. I have no doubt that the ‘Frank Jnr’ or ‘Big Dog’ would be the perfect late night snack for all those danced out guests at a hip warehouse London wedding.  www.bigapplehotdogs.com

I think there’s something for everyone there, I’d love to hear if you considered a food truck for your wedding catering or any other creative ideas to keep your guests satisfied!

  • http://www.markwbrown.com Mark Brown

    Brilliant ideas! Love the first one… mac & cheese at a wedding… very sophisticated! :) x

    • Charley

      Pah, not everyone wants sophistication these days ;)

  • http://www.florencefinds.com rebecca@florencefinds

    Love all of these! Passing them onto my friend right now… :)

    • Charley

      Fab, thanks Rebecca, hope it’s of some help to them :)

  • http://www.lisadawn.co.uk Lisa Dawn

    Great feature Charley! One of our couples had a mobile wood fire pizza ‘Jalopy Pizza’ in a vintage van & it was a big hit with all the guests. I think it’s a great idea and there are so many options to make it personal. They had theirs in the evening to keep everyone happy!

    • Charley

      I tried to find a pizza one so that’s great Lisa, thanks :) Here’s the link for anyone interested: http://www.jalopypizza.co.uk/

      Yes, I know guests love this kind of thing, I know I certainly would!

  • Jane Blackwood

    We actually had Anna Mae’s do our wedding evening food and they were AMAZING! Everybody loved it. So I would strongly concur with the suggestion above and recommend them to anyone :)

    • Charley

      Hi Jane! Thanks for letting everyone know – that’s so nice to hear :)

  • Sarah

    Hi Charley,

    We had Anna Mae’s at our wedding and they were absolutely brilliant, they were so organised, calm, helpful and enthusiastic. The food was amazing, our guests loved it and the staff were so charming. I would recommend them to anyone, I will definitely be booking them again for any future parties.

    Best wishes

    Sarah

  • Leila

    We are planning a street food wedding in London next may but struggling with a venue that can accommodate the vehicles in central London, without having to close roads etc. any thoughts anyone?.

    • T

      Hi Leila

      We’ve done street food weddings before in London – we have set up inside (not the same as a vehicle outside but not too far off) before as well in venues that have private areas outside.

      email me more if i can help

      best

      Tony

      • Jemma

        Hi Tony – could i speak to you please! I am looking for the same type of thing but I would like it to be indoors. I couldnt find your email

      • Jess

        Great article! Like Leila and Jemma I too would love to have street food at my wedding which m planning for May but can’t find any venues to accommodate. Looking for West London venue preferably and don’t mind if it’s indoors or out. Would love any advice. Thanks all. X

        • Nadia

          Am looking for a venue in West London – did you have any joy?

      • Nadia

        Hi Tony

        Can you share contact details as am interested in the same type of thing

        Thanks

        Nadia