Are you working from home and missing your weekly fix of street food from one of the city’s lunchtime food markets? Plans are afoot to bring Bristol’s street food traders to local communities outside of the city centre.

SCOFF is a curated fleet of local street food traders serving up freshly prepared food away from their usual market setting. A new venture set up by local events director Sophie Bowden who runs Finzels Reach Market; the idea is to bring street food in the shape of individual trader pop-ups to community centres, church car parks and any other available sites in areas outside of the city.

Sophie explained: “Since the government announced that people should work from home and with a second lockdown imminent; we’ve seen a real dip in footfall at our markets. Our market customers got in touch asking whether we could bring our street food to them while they work from home and this is our way of doing just that. Our aim is to bring something exciting to local communities during these unsettling times; I know how much street food can bring a smile to people’s faces and it gets people looking forward to a well earned treat.”

She added: “Having reopened the outdoor market at Finzels Reach back in June and making it COVID secure; I’m confident we’ll be offering customers a safe environment to pick up their street food to take away and enjoy at home. Plus they’ll be supporting a small and independent business during these difficult times which is what Bristol is all about.”

The first confirmed SCOFF location will be outside the All Saints Church in Clifton on Friday 6 November from 5–8pm. Local trader Los Hermanos will be serving buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches with waffle cheese fries along with other Spanish inspired street food. Located on Pembroke Road, All Saints Church were the first to embrace the idea.

Fr Charles Sutton from All Saints added: “All Saints Clifton sits at the heart of this local community providing a place for people to enjoy live music, exhibitions and classes (from exercise to art) as well as being a space for worship and reflection.  We are also active in supporting local businesses and organisations, and in being part of what’s going on around here.  Perhaps this is especially the case with more people working from home. It’s great that in these rather challenging times there’s something else taking place that gladdens the heart – like ‘Food on the Forecourt’ or ‘Pizza on the Piazza’!”

More locations will be announced in the coming weeks on social media. Find out who will be where and when by following SCOFF here:

Facebook  – /Scoffpopup
Twitter – @Scoffpopup
Instagram – scoffpopup

If you think your local community could benefit from a street food pop-up or have an outside space for SCOFF to use; please contact Sophie at sophie@sophiebevents.co.uk