Hot on the heels of our recent Deliveroo coming to Milton Keynes post, with some corporate stuff out the way, we feel that it’s about time for us to return to what we’re all about and love… local artisan food and drink.
Regular readers of Two Men About Town (TMAT) will know that we love the Milton Keynes food scene; whether it’s exploring new ventures such as Taco Shack Milton Keynes, new pizzeria Murati’s in Wolverton, Affamato Pizza, community cafe Heavenly Blends… or more well known but no less special haunts such as The Swan at Salford, The Black Horse in Woburn or Percy’s BBQ Takeaway, we’re blessed in the
city town with a bursting melting-pot of fantastic local business offering home-cooked and locally-sourced grub.
On a sunny Sunday afternoon, RobsRibs (+ special guests Mrs P and family) and I headed down to the MK Feast at Bradwell Abbey in Milton Keynes. Organised by the good people of the MK Biergarten, following the very successful inaugural first event back in February, there was a brilliant family vibe with a number of street food stalls taking part, joined by a farmers market and plenty of local beer, live music and free facepainting /balloon modelling for the kids.
Plenty of the local MK scene had turned out; street-foodies Clucking Oinks, Sizzlers, Stu’s Oven, Saf’s Kitchen, Chocolate Mill MK, The Indian Orchard and TMAT-friends Good Times Cafe, Urban Grilla, Mr & Mrs Fitz Fabulous Food, Jeff the Chef and of course MK Biergarten, to name but a few.
Navigating what we guessed to be a couple of thousand local people, RobsRibs and I ventured our way round the event but made our way straight over to new-guys Clucking Oiks, their unmistakable bright pink van and promise of fried chicken catching our attention as soon as we arrived. A great showing from these guys; the chicken was crispy, moist and generous in proportion sitting on a waffle all doused with maple syrup. The waffle could have perhaps been a little crisper but hey, who are we to argue with a combination this good? We ended up literally ordering the last portion they had left and listened as the queue behind gave out an audible disappointed groan as the news filtered back. We probably should have felt bad about that but as we all crunched through the buttermilk coating and gorged on the perfect mix of sweet/savoury chicken, we discovered that we actually didn’t. At all.
Next up was a Woburn venison sausage from Jeff the Chef, which had a great taste and one we hadn’t had before (although I had previously had a pork and apple sausage at a previous event, which was rather delightful). The venison was perhaps a little too dense for Mrs P and RobsRibs, but their kids (and I, admittedly) tore through theirs at speed. Cooked over coals which gave off an amazing smell and Jeff was taking payments by card which is great to see for a street food stall. A real indication of how technology can support companies at all levels – hopefully we’ll see more of this from some of the other guys too soon. Great to see locally sourced produce from just down the road.
Finally, Sizzlers were happy to provide a burger to finish us off… and what a burger it was. By the side of their van a sign detailed the full heritage of the beef used, so clearly they took a great deal of pride in it and it certainly showed in the taste. As RobsRibs suggests, the amount you enjoy a meal is entirely dependent on where and how you eat it and in this place, with these people, that burger easily competed with the likes of Five Guys and Smashburger. The quality of the beef was superb and their passion for their product was tangible. A greasy, frozen, cash-and-carry slab of meat this was not, it was without any doubt, a great burger. We were thrilled to finally try these guys out and will make a beeline for them when we see them again.
MK Feast: The very best food & drink offer in Milton Keynes
It was great to see the event so well attended, testament to the booming local food scene and the very clear appetite (in every sense of the word) for quality home-grown food, drink and produce by the people of Milton Keynes. Clearly, the MK Feast was a huge success – a big well done to all of the vendors taking part and the guys at the MK Biergarten who of course put so much into hosting and promoting the occasion. We’re already counting down to the next event.