Stirling to get first ever street food festival this December

Stirling's first ever street food festival is set to take place in the yard of the historic city's Old Town Jail this December.

Published 7th Nov 2017
Updated 15 th Sep 2023

Aptly titled Jail Yard Grub at Xmas, the event will take place on Saturday, 2nd December 2 and Sunday, 3rd December and is described as a "celebration of Scottish food and drink".

Organisers Harbro Events say that all tastes will be catered for with food available including American BBQ, Indian, wood fired pizza and crepes.

Stirling businesses Fallen Brewing from Kippen, and Stirling Gin will both have stalls while a converted 1970s horse box will also be on hand to serve mulled wine, warm cider and fizz.

The event will be family orientated with a fairground ride area available for children and elves who have "escaped" from Santa's workshop will patrol the yard ensuring that "all of the little ones are on their best behaviour" before "reporting back to Santa".

A large marquee will provide shelter from the elements and local musicians Sarah Monteith, Peter Dyer and David Bateman will perform throughout the weekend.

Entry costs just £2 with children under going free and the event runs from 10am to 10pm on Saturday (kids must vacate by 8pm) and 11am to 7pm Sunday. Students are able to get in free after 5pm.

Scott Gibson from Riverside is taking part with his business Prime Street Food.

The 30 year old chef launched the food truck in May this year and has been to events all around the country, even being nominated for an accolade at the British Street Food Awards.

He said: "Street food festivals are becoming really popular in Glasgow and Edinburgh and I think Stirling is the idea place to hold one. There is loads of great food producers right here in the city and a festival is a great way to taste a bit of everything.

"I was a chef in kitchens for nine years but I love being out on the road and the street food set up allows you to change your menu easily to fit the seasons and what is fresh."

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Scott locally sources all his produce for the truck and is currently working on a menu with a distinctive Christmas flair for Jail Yard Grub.

“I'm really happy a street food festival is coming to Stirling, as I try to be as local as possible - selecting local suppliers even if the cost is more as I think you get better produce and help support local business and create local jobs. I'm looking forward to meeting local people and giving them a good feed.”

The Full line up:

• Wild Fire Pizza

• Sharma's Street Food

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• Prime Street Food

• Bruadair

• Gastro Grilla

• Tastes Like Crepe

• Smokin' Bros

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• Fallen. Brewing

• Stirling Gin

• Lucky Horse Shoe Travelling Bar

• The Coffee Perch

• For more info, please visit their Facebook event page.

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