Street Feastival at Restless Natives, Glasgow

I know it’s a few days overdue, but I just wanted to show a little bit of local love for the Restless Natives festival that took place in Glasgow’s east end over the past week.

Restless Natives described itself as ‘a cross-platform multi-venue cultural festival championing independent purveyors of music, film, food, drink, business and numerous other fields within Scotland.’

And based on the schedule alone, I think it lived up to just that. Multiple venues, music acts, movies, a very publicized Q&A with Armando Iannucci… and the part that got this granny out of the house – the mini festival within a festival… the Street Feastival.

This took place on May 14th and 15th, just across from The Barras market within the Glasgow Collective Studios. On site were a few stalls of vintage clothes, crafts, and some local food stalls. Inside the collective Dear Green Coffee served up fresh beans. There were a few small art bits, vinyl sounds and Innis and Gunn on tap.

Outside was a little makeshift beer garden which Mr. Snacks and I put to good use seeing as the weather on Saturday was basically perfect, especially for Glasgow standards. Beer and cider – a little pricey for plastic cups and cans – we overheard a few complaints about this, but for an outside spot in Glasgow with enough seats for everyone we didn’t mind too much and easily knocked back a couple.

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As a bonus, they had some bubbles on the tables and there were a few lovely dogs kicking about. A really lovely relaxed atmosphere and some decent eats on offer.

We first went with Bonnie Burrito, because we are forever searching for delicious Mexican food. A food truck based in Edinburgh, offering a suspected Scottish twist on tortilla wraps- offering Irn-Bru pulled pork (not actually that uncommon) and haggis/veggie haggis fillings. 

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I got chicken because I’m boring and Mr.Snacks opted for the Irn-Bru pork. You could actually taste the Irn-Bru a little bit, though it wasn’t overly sweet. The burrito was jam packed full of sauces and veg, but for a fiver it was pretty steep for what I’d consider a standard mini burrito, about the size of a coke can. What did stand out was the scotch bonnet hot sauce – proper heat in there, which I can appreciate. 

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So, the burrito did fill me up, but didn’t stop me from wanting to try Southeast Asian treats from Ekeko Eats. Bao, baby. 

We opted to split a beef bao, but they offered veggie and pork fillings too at a really reasonable price. 1 for £4 or 2 for £7.

Super delicious. Really fluffy steamed bun, filling was well seasoned and the red chillies gave it a nice spice. If I hadn’t already eaten a burrito  I wouldn’t be sharing. Oink.

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Everything tasted really fresh, plus those colors. 

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Ekeko Eats debuted it’s food stall at Restless Natives and I’ll definitely be following them about on social media to find out where they go next. Consider me a fan. 

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Also up for grabs were several sweet treats – fresh crepes, waffles on sticks, cupcakes, ice cream sundaes… it’s very surprising I was able to resist, really. I guess that’s my body going into some sort of diet mode? 

Until next time. Good job, Glasgow.

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xx

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