Throughout March we have been sharing pictures and posts via social media to celebrate International Women’s Day 2018. We wanted to introduce you to the amazing, talented, and dedicated women who have created and become part of foodPark. We are so proud of our foodPark females, and hope you enjoyed meeting them too!
If you'd like to know more about our female foodPark family, here's a list of some of the women who work for and trade with foodPark:
So let’s start at the very beginning....
Heidi, foodPark founder
Heidi White: a foodie entrepreneur, the organiser of Cambridge’s ONLY city food and drink festival (Eat Cambridge) and the owner and founder of foodPark!
In 2014 Heidi followed her heart (and her appetite!) and launched foodPark’s street food markets to feed the hungry masses and to bring the booming street food trend to Cambridge. Things really took off (as you can see!) and Heidi eventually left her job in marketing to dedicate herself full-time to the street food cause.
Four years, countless lunch markets, three summers of night markets, oodles of spreadsheets, one Local Hero Food and Drink award, and one baby later, Heidi is still managing foodPark. Juggling motherhood and the meeting room seamlessly, you can find her eating, meeting and tweeting all over Cambridge to ensure foodPark is the BEST spot in the city for street food!
Helen, The Wandering Yak
Helen is an integral part of The Wandering Yak's mission to serve you lovingly handmade Middle Eastern inspired food with a focus on fantastic flavour. And we think this sums her up nicely!
Helen joined The Wandering Yak in 2016, the same year in which they were awarded Street Food of the Year in the Cambridge Food and Drink Awards... more than a coincidence, we say.
Helen plays a huge part in the Yak's roaring success and fits in perfectly at foodPark. She provides service with a smile at every outing, come rain or shine, or, more recently, SNOW!
A passionate follower of a plant-based diet herself and having previously lived in Egypt for 5 years, Helen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to The Wandering Yak, the city's first and only veggie and vegan food truck. She is constantly thinking of (and testing!) new and innovative dishes to add to the ever-expanding Wandering Yak repertoire.
Amy, The Tin Kitchen
The Tin Kitchen is a one woman business, owned and run by Amy herself. With a background in advertising, it took a 6-month trip to South East Asia for Amy to fall in love with street food and want to start a business of her own.
Amy is a Cambridge street food veteran having been with foodPark from the very beginning, way back when we started in 2014. Being a street food trader is HARD WORK and Amy impresses us every single week when she rolls up early with a spotless trailer, specials on the menu and a smile on her face!
Amy’s artisan ciabattas (the grilled halloumi is spectacular!) have become infamous at foodPark with an army of die hard fans - and our staff and traders - eating from her regularly.
Louise, Kura Kura
We don't get to see the lovely Louise as much as we'd like to, as she's often busy behind the scenes with food prep and young children, but we love the huge shared passion her and husband Rob have for cooking and serving their delicious Sri Lankan street food. With Rob, Louise started Kura Kura last year and has never looked back...
“My husband and I have always had a passion for cooking, especially Indian cuisine, we like to cook from the different regions and when we found Sri Lankan cuisine we were hooked! I have lived my whole life in Peterborough and adore Cambridge, especially the street food scene. foodPark was and always will be the place we want to trade. I love that we own and run Kura Kura and thrive on the buzz that I get during trading! Not that I don't have enough of a buzzing life already with a three and five year old, a home to run and a husband to organise! In short, I love Kura Kura and everything that comes with it, I couldn't possibly do anything else ever again.”
Now that’s passion for you - and it shows in the gorgeous food she prepares: Kura Kura’s menu is tasty, warming and will guarantee to keep you full all the way until dinner!
We rounded off Week 1 of our #IWD2018 posts with a shout-out to a very special lady in the foodPark team: Charley.
We're sure you'll have already spotted her out and about at our lunch markets, sporting a foodPark apron and making sure everything runs smoothly. Charley has been foodPark's market supervisor since 2016 and is co-founder of Steak and Honour. As one half of the husband and wife duo who kick started Cambridge street food flipping burgers in a Citroen H van, Charley has seen street food from pretty much every angle. These days it's through her iPhone camera lens, capturing the epic shots, videos, and posts you see on foodPark's social media. Charley's enthusiasm and excitement for incredible street food (and the perfect shot) is contagious!
(Friday 16 March was your last chance to be greeted at our lunch markets by her friendly face as she headed off on maternity leave with baby number 3! We hope you popped along to say bye to our Instagram Stories QUEEN! Enjoy your maternity leave, Charley - we will all miss you lots! fP xxxx )
Ally, Sweet Ally Scoops
Meet Ally, owner and creator of Sweet Ally Scoops - our resident ice cream van and multi-award-winning business on the wedding circuit!
Ever since that first summer’s day back in 2015 when Ally’s gorgeous pink ice cream van – a converted 1973 Bedford CF van called Lottie – trundled along to our lunch market, Sweet Ally Scoops has been a huge hit at foodPark. Through hard work, determination, and massive belief and passion for her business, Ally has created something very special. Ally started the business after deciding to make a complete career change, after stints as a nurse and a police officer including ten years dealing with high risk domestic violence cases, and put her heart into the restoration of an old ice cream van. Ally put her own stamp on the van giving Lottie a delightfully fun and charming personality inside and out, stocked her freezer with the best locally made organic gelato, and Sweet Ally Scoops was born!
Hannah, Rural Coffee Project
Along with husband Andy, Hannah is one half of the Rural Coffee Project, our hot drinks and cakes trader with the most stunning converted Land Rover Defender you ever did see. Since joining foodPark in 2017 Hannah and Andy have quickly become vital to our lunch market line-ups, serving fantastic coffee (sourced from a local roastery) and delicious homemade cakes to a long line of customers – including our own staff and traders!
Hannah recently became a mum and has effortlessly adapted her street food life to include their new baby Sonny. She jokes that Andy now gets the easy job - out and about making coffees and chatting to customers - but we all know the hard work this husband and wife team put into the upkeep and operation of the Rural Coffee Project, every single day. The juggling act that Hannah does behind the scenes is impressive in itself; these days mainly consisting of baby, baking, and bookings. But she still always finds time for a smile and a chat... And she makes a mean flat white!
Charlotte, Churros Bar
Purveyor of the epic sugary treat CHURROS, Charlotte is the brains behind Churros Bar. This lady is right up our street: a Francophile who adores cheese and dreams of running a fish and chips food truck in the Alps!
Since joining us in the winter of 2014, Charlotte and husband Rob have served you thousands of portions of highly addictive churros and pots of delightful dips. Charlotte doesn't come from a catering background - she just has a lot of love for the sweet fried stuff! - and we loved watching her work the queues like a pro at both our winter and summer night markets. You lot can't get enough of the stuff! And we don't blame you; that classic combo of hot sugared sticks of churros and a big dollop of Charlotte's homemade salted caramel sauce just can't be beaten.
Thank you also to the many other fantastic women who are not pictured here who have helped support, shape, and celebrate foodPark's street food mission over the years! Check out our #IWD2018 stories on Instagram to find out more.
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