Businesses boom as a result of the St Neots Street Food Fest

It’s official! The pilot event for the St Neots Street Food Fest was a resounding and undeniable success, not only for the vendors involved but for other businesses in the town as well. Celebrating the first event since the easing of lockdown, Shifties came together with Bohemia, and St Neots town council to bring this incredible festival for the community to life and show what can be achieved when you work together.  

To be able to coordinate and support local businesses (particularly in the hospitality sector, one of the hardest hit by the recoil of the pandemic) is something we are immensely proud of. Thanks to the power of collaboration, we were able to put into action our mission of growing our community together with this reunifying event. The Street Food Fest was even held with no cost to the vendors or the public, for which we are so thankful to all of our sponsors who supported us to make this happen! 

“Here at Bohemia, hosting a Street Food Festival of this sort has always been a dream of ours and we can’t thank Shifties and St Neots Town Council enough for having helped us realise it. The incredible atmosphere on the day and the overwhelmingly positive feedback we have received has been amazing. The response from the town just goes to show the demand for such events and we can’t wait for the next one. The boost it gave not only the traders involved but also the business in town was brilliant and was exactly what the festival was designed for.” Bohemia 

 

When preparing for the Street Food Fest we could never have anticipated the level of support that we would receive from the local community, who turned out in numbers. It’s completely understandable that events like these receive some mixed feedback, following more than a year and a half of restrictions, and with uncertainty about life during and post-pandemic still very present. But with the overall desire to return to a degree of normality and the demand for these market-style events, we felt utilising the outdoor space St Neots has to offer was the perfect way to encourage prosperity for our town. And thankfully, with the collaborative mindset shared between us, Bohemia and St Neots town council, we were able to put on an event which those who wanted to, were able to safely attend, at their own comfort. 

As we journey out of lockdown, it’s completely expected that everyone has different comfort levels with social contact and we are proud to reassure everyone that all up to date Covid-19 restrictions for outdoor events were adhered to (which for any interested, have been linked at the end of this post). With a shared growth mindset for our community, we are looking forward to reviewing all lessons learned with our fellow collaborators, to take all feedback positive and negative onboard to elevate any upcoming events to the next level, in the safest and most successful way possible so… keep your eyes peeled for the near future! 

“I am thrilled by the overwhelming success of our first street food festival, and the positive impact it has had on the St Neots business community. Events like this are essential in our ambition to restore the Market Square as the cultural and economic hub of our town. I can't wait for the next Street Food Festival event. I’d like to thank Shifties, Bohemia, SNTC, all of the vendors, sponsors and everyone that attended for making it such a brilliantly successful day”   

– Stephen Ferguson
Businesses Thrive at Street Food Festival | St Neots

Shifties exists to champion micro-businesses and promote working together and co-growing through community, and this pilot event was potentially the most thrilling example of what the power of collaboration can do, for us so far. Not only did the vendors on the day have incredible success, but the increased footfall and subsequent queuing also resulted in local businesses throughout the town experiencing a bumper day. This is exactly the outcome we were hoping for and once again have our community to thank for this astounding support. 

After what has been an extremely challenging 15 months for businesses and the community it was fantastic to see people together, enjoying themselves and celebrating the fantastic food and drink on offer from local vendors. We are on a mission to reinvigorate the high street in St Neots by holding this event and others similar in the future to support local businesses and enable the community to thrive together. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to Bohemia for asking us to collaborate and SNTC for facilitating the event, also to the sponsors (Lovetts Sales & Lettings, BMW Sycamores Peterborough, Kim Systems & Biffa) for helping to make it all happen. Not to mention the amazing vendors (Black Cat Radio, Badger’s Artisan Foods, Churro Boyz, Clucking Good Chicken, Confetti Cake Lab, I am Dumpling, Kerief Catering, Mobi Pizza, Shelley’s Vegan Bakes, Shume, Sweet Paradise, The Horsebox, The Mini Bar, Top Dog, Indie Ford and Nick Moyster). 

Here is what some of the vendors had to say: 

“Thanks so much for allowing us to be part of such a great event. It was really well organised and the turnout and support from the town was amazing, so much more so than we had anticipated meaning we sold out of food by 4pm something that very rarely happens, and we will be sure to be better prepared for the next event.” – The Top Dog 

“Fantastic day we all had at the first Street Food Festival last Sunday, well done to all who helped organise the event. As and when you are considering organising another similar day, please could Sweet Paradise attend.” Sweet Paradise 

“Thank you so much for such a fantastic event! We were blown away by how busy it was, I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard! Looking forward to next time already! We will definitely be there!” Shelley Bakes Vegan Cakes 

“Thank you to you and your team for inviting us and for hosting such a well-organised event. It was such a good feeling to be back out amongst the crowd doing what we love. We are looking forward to the next one!” – Kerief Catering 

“To be honest it was just really nice to see people enjoying themselves again.” The Mini Bar  

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