‘I went to Eat Reading and it’s something you won’t want to miss’

Eat Reading is an annual food event that takes place in Reading town centre. For one weekend only, every year, Broad Street is overtaken by a plethora of food stalls selling cuisine from all around the world. From Malaysia to Mexico and Portugal to Peru, there’s a whole host of food outlets to try.

I went down to Reading town centre myself to see what was on offer and it’s definitely an event you won’t want to miss out on. This year the event is taking place from Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8. It’s run by Blue Collar – the guys who run the independent food venue Blue Collar Corner, and Blue Collar Market which runs on Wednesdays and Fridays.

: ‘I visited the Berkshire pub that George Clooney described as ‘fantastic’ and it was magical’ There are 20 different cuisines on offer and plenty of places to sit and enjoy the food. Blue Collar Corner has been tweeting about the different food vendors that are attending the event this year.

These vendors include Gully, Brink and Babs, Heavenly Sausage, Makan Malaysia, Fink, Peru Sabor, You Bao, El Asado, Mr Pigstuff, Dirty Snax and Anonymous Coffee. I headed to the event myself on the Saturday and having arrived at just past 1pm, the town centre was absolutely packed and crawling with people ready to dig their hands into something tasty.

A wide variety of food is being sold at the festival.

Not only was there Eat Reading taking place in the town centre, but there was also a music festival on called Are You Listening? Music seemed to emanate from all areas of the town and the high street had a real buzz to it.

With lots of different seating options on offer, most people were sitting down enjoying their food whilst listening to the music being played. As I arrived a steel band called RASPO started playing in the middle of the high street. There will be other musicians playing at the food festival this weekend as well, including a ukulele group called No Strings Attached and a singer-songwriter called Natalie Grey.

Whilst in town, I scoured the entire high street when I arrived at Broad Street and saw some really interesting looking options about. There was a long line for a Bratwurst van and loads of children eating churros with chocolate sauce. Elsewhere there was a funky looking Indian street food truck called Gully and in another area there were some massive pans filled with paella.

In the end, I opted for some yuka fries and ketchup alongside an iced coffee from Anonymous Coffee and a brownie with lotus Biscoff in it. They were all delicious in their own way and every member of staff I spoke to when I ordered was incredibly friendly, despite being really rushed off their feet. The coffee was lovely and fresh whilst the chips crisp and the brownie chewy and decadent.

My only regret is that I didn’t buy more. There are so many different things you can try at the food festival that choice actually seems to become an issue. There were curries and side dishes and drinks that I’d never heard of before and for this reason, Eat Reading is definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.

Where else could you go from drinking a Mango Lassi and a spicy Indian curry to devouring a Newyork Reuben sandwich and rootbeer?

When is Eat Reading and what food is available?

Eat Reading takes place every year in Reading town centre. It is an annual street food festival and this year it is running from Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8. Each day the food stalls open at 11am and the festival runs until the early evening – around 5pm.

Vendors Gully, Brink and Babs, Heavenly Sausage, Makan Malaysia, Fink, Peru Sabor, You Bao, El Asado, Mr Pigstuff, Dirty Snax and Anonymous Coffee are selling food and drink at the event.

Some of the food being sold includes:

  • Churros
  • Tacos
  • Curries
  • New York style sandwiches
  • Brownies
  • Coffee
  • Indian street food
  • Empanadas
  • Paella
  • Bao buns
  • Pork baps
  • Chips
  • Slushies
  • Bratwursts

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