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Canterbury street food festival City Feast launches in Guildhall Street

A new outdoor food festival spanning six weeks kicks off the first time today.

Having attracted numerous vendors ranging from burger stalls to pizza makers, City Feast, in Canterbury, is hoped to attract hundreds of punters.

Hungry customers will be able to browse Guildhall Street and choose their favoured trader
Hungry customers will be able to browse Guildhall Street and choose their favoured trader

Organisers say the set-up, which will be spread across Guildhall Street away from the city's main drag, will stringently follow social distancing rules.

The festival will run for the next six weeks in three-day stints - taking in every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September 6.

Stalls will be trading from 12pm until 9.30pm each day.

Event bosses say more than 10,000 people have registered an interest as they bid to create the "most diverse and exciting street food ventures Kent has to offer".

Rad Burger, Oscar & Bentleys, Happy Samurai and Eleto Chocolate Cafe are among the traders due to pitch up for the council-backed scheme.

The festival will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September
The festival will run every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until September

Speaking earlier this month, George Bartlett, one of the four organisers behind the long-awaited project, said: ““We saw how popular street food markets are in London, and thought it’s time Canterbury had its own.

“It’s a much more social thing - it means people can go with friends and each get the different food they want, instead of all going to a pizza place, for example.”

"For people that don’t feel comfortable sitting in restaurants and eating out, this offers a slightly less worrying, outdoor option."

Guildhall Street was chosen as the favoured location due to it being fully pedestrianised.

George Bartlett is one of four organisers behind City Feast
George Bartlett is one of four organisers behind City Feast

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