The burgeoning popularity of food trucks, destination food halls and foodie-oriented outdoor festivals means the demand for street food is booming. And, here in East Lothian, Rogue Village’s foodies’ favourite Canteen Street Food Festival returns to Archerfield Walled Garden for their 2020 spring/summer season.

Not long ago 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 But in recent years, bleak burger stands have been replaced by passionate and talented traders, working from vans, huts and caravans, serving food from all over the world.

And, East Lothian residents can experience the street food boom right on their doorstep at Archerfield Walled Garden. Launched in 2017 Canteen has now firmly established itself as a firm favourite on the street food calendar with foodies and families and attracts two thousand visitors every month. Positioning street food in a rural environment makes this a truly unique experience – juxtaposing trucks, fire-pits and DJs with the 18th century walled courtyard, amongst woodland trails and landscaped gardens. A programme of wraparound activity ensures there’s more than food on offer, making this a great day out for young and old and plans for 2020 include a flea market, vintage car show and live music. 

Listen to resident DJs, Four Corners, spinning vinyl with their soundtrack spanning soul, reggae, Latin, disco and afro in the courtyard where cocktail specialists including Herringbone and Poco Prosecco offer a range of seasonal cocktails. The fire-pits and the smell of freshly cooked food add to this sensory experience. Diners can burn off calories and try some wildlife spotting by exploring a range of walks and trails across the Archerfield Estate. Whilst the children can enjoy The Fairy Trail, an enchanted woodland walk where, armed with eco-friendly fairy dust, they can discover the tiny homes and stories of the local forest folk.

With thirteen traders every month including vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and child-friendly options, Canteen will bring over 50 different traders over the course of the season, including; Shrimpwreck, Harajuku Kitchen, Chick & Pea, The Crema Caravan, Pizza Geeks, Bostock Bakery, Shanty Town, Sugar Daddys and Moo Pie Gelato.


Archerfield Walled Garden, Archerfield Estate, Dirleton EH39 5HQ
Saturday 25 April, 30 May, 27 June, 25 July and 29 August | Time: 12-6pm