Fabulous Father’s Day Inspirations at The Nichols Building.
STREET food: dodgy hot dogs tasting of brine, half-cooked kebabs, and burgers where the only thing you’re sure of is it sure ain’t beef between your baps. All at a price one might usually associate with a dinner at The Ritz.
Right? Wrong, it seems.
A new Sheffield initiative announced today is aiming to dispel such myths and put the ‘eat’ in street, and turn the outdoors delicious.
A collective of young foodies is to launch a new monthly food night market taking place at a different iconic city venue each time in a bid to get more people enjoying that most social of activities: eating good grub for fair fares in the open air.
Think burritos and bagels, fresh fish and chips, and clay oven pizzas. Think Asian stews, veggie curries and - but of course - Sheffield pies. Think craft beer being served from the back of - now this could be unfortunate given recent news - a horse box. More of which shortly.
For now, the first of these new events is to be held by The Nichols Building, in Shalesmoor, next month. After that other venues may include Devonshire Green and Hillsborough Park.
And organisers, calling themselves NoSh (Northern StrEats Sheffield), hope the launch market - featuring five food traders, live music and, fingers crossed, some half decent weather - will see Sheffielders spend the evening sampling new foods from independent sellers.
“The street food night market is a concept which - I really hate to say this - is booming in London,” says Andrew Critchett, who runs his own Fish& street trailer and who is behind the initiative. “It’s an evening where the focus is on sharing quality affordable bites and enjoying some entertainment.”
Those signed up to take part in the first one include The Street Food Chef which does Mexican and Pizza Pod.
“It’s going to be taste-tastic” says Ben Smith, another organiser.
Indeed Ben’s own trailer, The Hop Box, has been drawing admiring glances since it pulled up in Sheffield last year.
The craft beer bar is somewhat unusual in that (a) it offers a range of independently brewed real ales, and (b) it’s in a horse box.
“I was drinking some horrible chain lager at a festival a couple of years ago and the idea just struck,” says the 30-year-old of Middlewood Road, Hillsborough. “I knew I’d appreciate being able to get a nice pint and thought others would too.”
He bought the horse box (“I wanted different”) and set up in London in 2011. It went well and he relocated here last year because he wanted to be somewhere nice for his daughter to grow up. Now he takes the trailer to festivals, markets and other events.
“And I can promise you,” he notes, “there’s no horse in the beer.”
Takes place March 28, 5 - 10.30pm, £1 entry.
Although we are currently dealing with the arctic winds and chilly temps here in Sheff, Easter is just round the corner. Although we can’t promise the Easter Bunny will make a cameo with shed loads of choc goodies, The Nichols Building, The Hop Box, Northern Streats and The Riverside have joined forces to organise a very different Easter treat…
NOSH at The Nichols is the brainchild of Ben Smith, owner of The Hop Box, Andrew Critchett , organiser of Northern Streats and owner of Fish& and Louise Anderson, owner of The Nichols Building. Andrew has been a key foodie player on the festival circuit and owner of streetfood beach hut “Fish&”, serving “twisted” fish and chips to hungry streetfood foodies country-wide. Whilst sampling the vintage loveliness of The Nichols Building, Andrew realised that craft, vintage, bands, street food and beer go together like… too many Easter eggs and nausea.
NOSH will bring together some of the most exciting and varied streetfood traders from across the North including some of Sheffield home grown talent to tantalise your tastebuds and change your view on streetfood forever.
NOSH hits The Nichols on Thursday 28th March and is kicking off at 5pm. The Nichols Building’s first floor vintage, arts and craft centre will be open until 8pm, and there will be craft and vintage stalls, bands, street food and booze a plenty on the ground floor and courtyard until 10.30pm.
Booze will be provided by The Hop Box, a specialist mobile bar service serving quality craft beer including The Hop Studio Pilsner, Bradfield Brown Cow and Red Willow Wreckless. An array of live music will provide the music to sway, drink beer and shop vintage to. The lovely people at The Riverside are organising an after-market do with retro drinks offers and music until late. It is a bank holiday weekend, after all…
Tickets for NOSH are £1, available on the door and from The Nichols Building, The Riverside and Shakespeares.
Kick start your bank hol with a bit of NOSH… see you there!
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Sister Chic’s indie up-cycling business, restoring pre-loved furniture based in TNB Indie Arcade, The Nichols Building. Press article in The Sheffield Star 13/2/13
… Gary Evans, high end retro designer has joined The Nichols Building and is stocking Model B3 Wassily chairs, Rocket Lamps, Herman Miller Marshmellow sofas, 70’s record players, Starburst clocks and much more ….
TNB Indie Arcade is proud to be home to an exciting new indie business… Sister Chic. Sister Chic is an up-cycling furniture business, lovingly restoring pre-loved vintage sideboards, rocking chairs and dressers into beautiful pieces of retro furniture.
Gemma and Becky Gray are passionate about vintage furniture, especially rescuing it from a fate worse than landfill. “We are more than happy to pick up any furniture free of charge that people are tempted to pay to be collected to take to landfill. We love all retro and vintage furniture, and happy to discuss commissions if customers would like their treasured vintage furniture restoring.”
Sister Chic are excited to have a piece of furniture in one of their favourite local Kelham Island pubs, The Riverside, for the next 6 months. “We love The Riverside, and it’s the ideal place for one of our piece of furniture. We’re working on a sofa and table which should be in The Riverside in the next couple of weeks… watch this space!”
Sister Chic’s furniture can be bought in TNB Indie Arcade, The Nichols Building, Shalesmoor and viewed on ebay, etsy and in The Riverside, Kelham Island .
For more information contact Gemma and Becky Gray on firstname.lastname@example.org and @sisterchic12345 on Twitter