The market for street food has positively boomed over the past few years. Thanks to trendy markets in London and the fact that more people want to buy local and support local, there are now so many amazing street food vendors out there. When I lived in Birmingham, Digbeth Dining Club was just starting to accelerate in popularity and I still hold that as one of the best street food markets in the country. When I came back to Milton Keynes, I was so pleased to see it was gradually starting to put itself on the food map thanks to the hard work of several hard-working individuals who have a real passion for good food. There are some incredible street food vendors in MK, most of which I have visited several times…! I love nothing more than a chilled evening eating street food with friends. Here are some of the best street food vendors to look out for at local events in Milton Keynes, plus regular street food events to look out for.
Bandit has a very special place in my heart, as the owner, Jonathan, lives in the same village as me! He’s one of the OG street food vendors in MK. Serving up burgers inspired by the bandits of the world, there is no holding back on flavours. My favourite is Billy the Kid – slow roasted pulled pork in an apple, cumin and black pepper marinade topped with apple cider sours coleslaw served in a brioche bun. Bandit also have the title of ‘Street Food Vendor of the Year 2018’ at the MK Food Awards. Yep. These guys are good.
If you work in Central Milton Keynes, you can often find the big red or grey van serving lunch at the Pinnacle, or at Witan Studios for street food Fridays.
You know you visit a street food van A LOT when they always know what you’re going to order… I always order halloumi tacos. Always. Baja Cantina serves Mexican street food and as I just mentioned, I always have the halloumi tacos which usually come with some kind of fruity salsa like mango, pineapple or kiwi and are topped with an amazing chilli mayo. The nachos are also to die for, topped with various slow cooked spicy meats. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s
Good Times Cafe
The people behind Good Times Cafe are the people who have brought street food to MK and I will forever be grateful to them for it! However, I will also forever be grateful to them for creating the greatest cheese toasties of ALL TIME. I don’t think I have ever seen so much cheese go into a toastie. A toastie that has two thick slices of bread buttered on both sides, and a fist full of cheese and also comes with a variety of fillings. Good Times’ classic four cheese and
Made in Sud
The closest I have ever got to proper, Italian style pizza at home is probably Made in Sud. Perhaps surprisingly, Made in Sud is a pizzeria van which is just outside Waterstones in
The Rub BBQ
It took me FAR too long to try The Rub. The way to my heart is mac n’ cheese, and the first thing I had to try was the smoked BBQ pulled pork mac topped with pineapple and a spicy
Saf’s Kitchen is my favourite street food vendor in Milton Keynes. I might be
Sizzler’s Street Food
Sizzler’s have been around for a while but I only recently tried their food. Rebranding from Sizzler’s Burger Shack to Sizzler’s Street Food, they now offer various dishes at each event they do. From Mac n’ Cheese to hot dogs to burgers, they keep it fresh and exciting! Pictured above is a ‘piggy back mac’ and is possibly one of the best mac n’ cheeses I’ve eaten. Creamy cheesy sauce topped with pulled pork, crispy bacon and onions.
Regular Street Food Events in Milton Keynes
Eat Street MK, York House, Stony Stratford
My favourite street food event in Milton Keynes! You can find Eat Street on the first Friday the month at York House Centre in Stony Stratford with different vendors each month. The event is run by the guys behind Good Times Cafe so you can always grab yourself a cheese toastie. This event will return on the 5th April 2019 so follow them on Facebook to make sure you don’t miss out!
Foodie Fridays, Witan Studios, CMK
If you work in Central Milton Keynes and want your street food fix, head to Witan Studios each Friday for a different street food van serving up lunch. From Bandit to Baja Cantina they have some great local vendors serving up fab food. Find out who’s next on Facebook and Twitter.
Food Truck Fridays, Queens Avenue Car Park, Newport Pagnell
A monthly street food event in Newport Pagnell that raises money for the annual fireworks display. This takes place in Newport Pagnell on the third Friday of every month. Keep up to date with their events on Facebook.
Street Food Fridays, MK Biergarten, Wolverton
Each month, MK Biergarten in Wolverton hosts an evening with a different local street food vendor. They’ve got a cracking schedule lined up for 2019 – keep an eye on Biergarten’s Facebook page for details of upcoming events.
If you have any recommendations for me, let me know! As always this street food guide will be updated with new vendors and events.