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Fox in the Box

Street food is a great way to enjoy cuisines from across the globe.

It's the kind of eating that brings people together, whether that's hanging out with friends at a local market or trying a new pop-up for the first time. As Jake from Gravy Train Poutine puts it, "Street food can [...] create bonds between people."

The number of street food venues, markets and events in Sheffield has grown in recent years, and there are lots of permanent fixtures too. You can go to London Road for falafel at Fanoush or venture further onto Abbeydale Road for wood-fired pizza from Nether Edge Pizza.

Kommune at Castle House and Cutlery Works at Neepsend both have an abundance of independent street food traders, ranging from Balakan to Japanese. What's great about these places is the chance to sample something completely different with each visit.

Street food can [...] create bonds between people.

Union St Cafe also support food start-ups with their lunchtime pop-ups. Why settle for a bland supermarket sandwich when you can enjoy Vietnamese phở or homemade arancini?

This month you can get stuck into proper nosh at Peddler Market (6-7 September), Street Food Friday at The Hide on Scotland Street (13 September) and Nether Edge Market (15 September).

In the meantime, we've rounded up a tasting menu of street food traders for you to try.

Ros Ayres

@Nibbly_Pig

Get Toasted

What? Sumptuous veggie and vegan grilled cheese toasties with delicious flavour combinations. Covering the cheese spectrum, from Swiss cheese, gherkin, harissa relish and Dijon mustard to mozzarella and pesto with sundried tomatoes.

Where? Recently, Union St and Ball Street Deli market. Check the website for details.

Street Food Chef

What? All of your Mexican street food favourites - burritos, tacos, empanadas, quesadillas, bean chilli and all-day breakfast burritos, with refried beans, guac, sour cream and mild, hot or very hot salsa.

Where? 376 Sharrow Vale Road & 90 Arundel Street, plus regular stalls at events and festivals.

The Tower of Bagel

What? Lovingly handcrafted and creative bagels with flavours including olive, turmeric and beetroot. Also look out for their new bagel baking school sessions kicking off soon.

Where? 'Pizza bagels' at St Mars of the Desert tap room in Attercliffe on the first Friday of the month. Fresh bagels at Kelham Deli on Acorn Street and Beanies in Crookesmoor.

Fox In The Box

What? Handmade soft corn tacos at £2 a pop with veggie and meat fillings. Go for the avo taco or the teriyaki chicken quesadilla with cheese and hot sauce and garlic nachos on the side.

Where? The Brothers Arms in Heeley. Fri-Sun, 5-9pm, plus Taco Tuesday (when the weather is good).

Gravy Train Poutine

What? Classic Canadian poutine - skin-on fries topped with beef, mushroom or vegan gravy and cheese curds. Try 'The Pioneer' poutine, with BBQ maple bacon and sour cream, or indulge in a beavertail, Canada's famous flat doughnut.

Where? Street food festivals all over the country, plus a residency kitchen at Cutlery Works, Kelham Island, Weds-Sun.

Livvy's Ice Cream

What? Natural handmade gelato with classic and experimental flavours, making the most of ingredients from Food Works that would otherwise go to waste. A glut of blueberries recently became a very popular sorbet. Other flavours include white chocolate and hazelnut and fresh mint choc chip.

Where? Big Boulder Festival in Heeley, 8 September.

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Fancy An Indian?

What? Indian street food cooked from the heart, including chicken pakora dusted with chaat masala, roti wraps filled with lamb keema, pickle, raita and coriander, and pav bhaji, homemade curry served in a hot buttery bun with salad and pickles, inspired by the streets of Mumbai.

Where? Recently, lots of festivals, including Ritetrax, Peakender and Doc/Fest. Check Twitter for details.

Percy & Lily's

What? Healthy soul food inspired by cuisines from all over the world. Past menus have covered Argentinian choripan beef brisket, African bobotie beef, bunny chow and Lebanese chicken shawarma.

Where? The Hide on Scotland Street (Street Food Friday anniversary party this month), plus markets and festivals, including Tramlines and Peddler.

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