It has been just over five years since I founded foodPark, back in the summer of 2014, and created Cambridge’s buzzing street food scene. That scene is still very much alive and growing today with foodPark and its traders at its heart – and I’m incredibly proud to have spent the last five and a bit years developing, shaping, and being part of such an exciting time for street food and Cambridge food in general.
There’s a reason I’m so fondly reminiscing the journey that foodPark and I have taken since that first summer parked up at the CB1 Development by Cambridge Station. The past five years have been wonderful: foodPark’s street food markets and events have been attended and loved by many; foodPark’s traders have become a family of food trucks; and I, personally, have been fortunate enough to make a job out of doing what I love, learning so much along the way AND getting to feast on all the best street food in the city.
But after an intense half-a-decade spent pouring my heart, soul and time into nurturing and growing foodPark as a business, the time has come for me to move on. As well as creating and keeping my foodPark baby going, during that time I’ve also been lucky enough to have my first actual baby and my second child is due imminently. Balancing building a business with a growing family has been part of the experience and I’m pleased that I made it work, but now I’m taking a step away to focus on my family and other projects.
While I start my new chapter, I’m very happy to leave foodPark’s future in the capable hands of local events organiser Rebecca Chong, the person behind the hugely successful Off the Beaten Truck street food events in Saffron Walden. As operator of foodPark, Rebecca will ensure the foodPark lunch markets continue to run at all three sites – so there’s no change to your weekly foodPark fix!
This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me, but finding Becca to take the reins has made it a whole lot easier: she intends to continue the foodPark brand and ethos we all know and love, and shares the same dedication and passion for high quality street food, high standards, and continuity. I’m sure you can expect to see exciting times ahead for the future of foodPark. I, for one, will enjoy watching it unfold and spending some time feasting at foodPark as a customer!
Thank you to every single one of you who has supported me and the business, traded and worked with foodPark, and eaten at foodPark markets over the last five years. I hope to see you hatch-side one day soon…
Heidi White – foodPark founder, October 2019
P.s. It really is business as usual at foodPark – you’ll be able to find the lunch market line-ups on foodPark’s social channels as always, and you can check what’s happening and track us down right here. If you need to contact foodPark or Becca just drop a line to: firstname.lastname@example.org