Lincoln Street Food Festival

A street food festival was held last year. The travelling circus has returned.

Lessons should have been learnt, and not invited back.

Even worse, if true, Lincoln Big are paying this travelling circus to come to Lincoln.

Last year, it was freezing cold, wrong time of the year for street food.

It was due to be held a couple of weeks ago but heavy snow forced cancellation. It took place this weekend, Friday Saturday and Sunday.

Friday very quiet, Saturday surprisingly busy, queues at some of the food stalls. Maybe for Lincoln folk, whose idea of fine dining is McDonald’s or KFC, it is seen as quality food.

The one stall empty, though no surprise, the coffee stall.

Litter everywhere, overflowing bins.

The useless Lincoln City Council knew of the market, could they not have arranged extra street cleaners to clean up the mess and empty the overflowing  bins, or at the very least make the organisers responsible?

Contrast with the Lower Marsh Street Food Party, where no litter problem.

Abysmally low environmental standards. Plastic boxes for the food, polystyrene burger-style boxes for the food.

Useless Lincoln City Council hectors the rest of us to reduce our waste, to  recycle. Can they not get their own house in order, set high standards for street markets?

Large generators beside the stalls, very noisy.

Why not an arrangement where plug into power sources from lampposts, as they do in other towns?

Awful music blasting out from many of the stalls, which was very unpleasant. Even worse from a large tent in Cornhill, which also attracted drunks.

What the street food market did though highlight, we do not have  to have large lorries driving through the pedestrianised streets after ten o’clock or before four o’clock, as during the market they could not gain access.

Nothing wrong with a street food market, but it has to be done properly. Instead of paying a travelling circus, invite individual quality food producers, hold in Sincil Street not the High Street, charge a nominal pitch fee.

Look to the successful street food markets held elsewhere.

Godalming has an annual street food festival, that puts this to shame.

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