Eat Reading brings thousands to Reading town centre


Many of Reading’s best known restaurants brought their food out onto Broad Street East for the day, and they were joined by street food traders on Broad Street West. Thousands of Reading residents sampled food from around the globe, from Ethiopia to Italy, Japan to Mexico and India to Argentina and Jamaica, to name just some of the countries represented.

Reading town centre restaurants involved included CAU, Malmaison, Yo Sushi, Royal Tandoori, Giraffe, RYND, Manhattan Coffee, Bel & The Dragon, Cote Brasserie, Mission Burrito, House of Flavours, Tutu’s Ethiopian Table as well as M&S Food Hall.

Bobby Lonergan, Reading BID Manager said: “Reading town centre turned into a huge community street party for the day on Saturday, with a wonderful vibe fuelled by many of our best food restaurants and retailers. Eat Reading is always a highlight of the town centre calendar and this year was bigger and better than ever with the event attracting an extra 12,000¹ people to the town centre on Saturday alone.”

Eat Reading spread over three days this year with Friday’s Working Lunch feeding workers and visitors to the town centre and showcasing new biscuit recipes for Reading, courtesy of Reading College and the University of Reading. Saturday’s Big Lunch seated people at a giant dining table to enjoy food from 30 different stalls with musical backing from the likes of RASPO steel band. Eat Reading concluded on Sunday with a street food version of Sunday Lunch.

As part of Reading 2016, this year’s Eat Reading celebration continues with An Audience with Nadiya Hussain on 19 June, Canvas of Crumbs; the Reading Biscuit Experience on 18/19 June and Reading Chilli Fest on 18 June.

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