On Friday 26 April, I went to Digbeth Dining Club at Spot*light and was greeted with the tasty-smelling aroma of street food.
Burrito, paella, pancakes and toasties... I was spoilt for choice. I bought myself a burrito from Habaneros, a satisfying portion for £5. I didn't realised Habaneros was based on Colmore Row, despite commuting to town everyday.
The trendy and friendly setting at Spot*light was the perfect place for local workers to relax and socialise on a Friday night. I met two ex-workers in Digbeth, who found themselves returning to Digbeth over and over again, and discovering new events each time.
I then met Jack Brabant, the founder of Digbeth Dining Club, whose mission was to promote independent street food venders in Birmingham. As a freelance film producer, he has been documenting the street food phenomenon around the UK, but found there was none in Birmingham. That was what inspired him to kick start the 'Street Food Revolution' in the heart of Digbeth in August 2012. Jack liked the fact that the Dining Club created an alternative party scene, and it is, indeed, a fast-growing one.
Not been to the Digbeth Dining Club yet? Give it a try! See http://www.digbethdiningclub.
co.uk/ for more details and the line up for May.
Tessa Mo, Project Volunteer and Visual Documentation Manager