The Best Street Food Vendors & Events in Milton Keynes

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

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. 

Follow Bandit: Facebook | Instagram

www.banditstreetfood.com


Baja Cantina

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, tasty street food. 

Follow Baja Cantina: Facebook | Instagram

www.baja-Cantina.co.uk


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 marmite toastie is borderline legendary, as is their nduja sausage toastie, pictured above. You can find Good Times Cafe at most street food events and every month at Eat Street MK. They also run Ideas Cafe at Cranfield Technology park during the week. 

Follow Good Times Cafe: Facebook | Instagram


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 intu shopping centre so is probably the most easily accessible street food in MK. It has a proper pizza oven inside which cooks the pizzas incredibly quickly and with a glorious, slightly charred crust. Everything is good from the rich tomato sauce to the fresh mozzarella to the fresh basil. Made in Sud pizzas are ludicrously cheap at £4.50 for a margarita but if you want to spice it up, try the nduja sausage one. So. Good. 

Follow Made in Sud: Facebook | Instagram

www.madeinsud.co.uk


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 habenero sauce. The meats from The Rub are all wood-smoked to give a deep earthy flavour and my god it’s good. Tender, smokey and everything that BBQ meats should be. Of course, mac n’ cheese isn’t the only dish on offer – you’ll find ribs, wings, pulled meats and more.

Follow The Rub: Facebook | Instagram

www.therubbbq.co.uk


Saf’s Kitchen

Saf’s Kitchen is my favourite street food vendor in Milton Keynes. I might be biased, because Saf has become a lovely friend to Dan and I, but she really does cook up the most wonderful Indian and Punjab street food. There is always something a little different on the menu, whether it’s keema samosas, punjabi chaat or tandoori muchi (haddock)! My favourite things to eat from Saf’s Kitchen have to be the pakoras topped with red onion chutney and raita. If you are local to MK, Saf does takeaway nights once a month and she also does cookery courses which are great for learning the basics of Indian cooking (there’s a handful of places left for 2019!)  She also does pop-up restaurants every so often. I promise you will just keep going back for more once you’ve tasted the food! 

Follow Saf’s Kitchen: Facebook | Instagram


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. 

Follow Sizzler’s Street Food: Facebook | Instagram

www.allaboutthebeef.co.uk


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.

Who’s your street food favourite vendor in Milton Keynes?

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