The burgeoning popularity of food trucks, destination food halls and foodie-oriented outdoor fairs and festivals, means that demand for street food is booming. Kim Williams discovers a newly-launched street food market right here on our doorstep!

It wasn’t long ago that street food in Britain meant a tasteless hot dog in a white bun, or a few greasy doughnuts at the funfair. But in recent years, bleak burger stands have been replaced by passionate and talented traders, working from vans, huts and caravans, serving food from all over the world.

So popular has this casual, international style of dining become that it’s emerged from edgy pockets of east London and entered the mainstream. And now, East Lothian residents can experience the street food boom right on their doorstep.

Canteen, East Lothian’s first street food market, launched in March at Archerfield Walled Garden. It features some of Scotland’s most acclaimed street food traders including El Cartel, Buffalo Truck, Jones & Son, Chompsky, ShrimpWreck and Fresh Revolution. Resident DJs, Four Corners, set a soulful carnival soundtrack in the courtyard with the open-air bar serving Archerfield’s signature ales.

The brainchild of Rogue Village, an arts and events Community Interest Company based in East Lothian, Canteen is a vibrant event juxtaposed with its 18th century walled garden setting. Partnering with Archerfield Walled Garden gives the event life beyond the street food offering and courtyard marketplace with a range of activities. Real ale enthusiasts can take a free tour round the in-house microbrewery and home of Archerfield Fine Ales and Knops Beer. Children can enjoy The Fairy Trail, a short woodland walk where, armed with fairy dust, they can discover the tiny homes of the local fairy community. Or you can burn off the calories consumed by exploring a range of walks and trails across the Archerfield Estate.

Delicious finger-licking street food, signature ales, music and a family-friendly carnival atmosphere. It’s just perfect for foodies, families or those simply wanting to escape for the day.

Archerfield Walled Garden, Dirleton EH39 5HQ
Dates: Saturday 29 April, Saturday 27 May 2017 | Time: 12-6pm | Entrance Price: £1 per adult , children free (no booking required)