Styleguide: Streetfood Carnival


Flavourful, vibrant and exuding party spirit, the Americas set the tone for streetfood feasts, Olympic energy and exotic atmosphere.

We’re well used to the vibrant colours and smells of exotic foods bubbling away as we walk through city streets, with colourful celebrations and the chance to sample culinary delights from all over the world - in particular, the Americas.

Brazil reigns supreme over the street party scene. Rio is well known for its Carnival, and that Latin rhythm and colour has certainly found its way over to the UK via Notting Hill.  If you want a duck feijoada, beef jerky salad or a mango tarte tatin, you’ll find it all here on the streets, or pop up to Mexico for tortillas filled with glazed pork, steaming pots of stewed beef birria, and traditional flavourings such as onion and cilantro. Or head to New York and try out their brilliant incarnations - gone are the days of burgers and hotdogs, with street food aficionados serving up vanilla panna cotta, kalbi burritos, fishy tacos and veggie melts with plenty of panache.

The carnival concept is so inspirational for a variety of engaging themes - food culture, social history, crafty creativity or just plain fun.

Party queen South America, a long-simmering melting pot of indigenous, African, European and Asian styles, ensures an added degree of eclecticism, a whole lot of colour, and a fair whack of cheerful kitsch come into play. Mangos, pineapples, baobab, cupuaçu - the closer to the Equator your inspiration, the more tropical the setting and the more colourful the experience.

If you’re planning a carnival-inspired cookery demo or pop up, there are plenty of ways to make it go with a cultural and foodie bang, as captivating to kids as to adults alike.

Have a look at our Pinterest board for ideas to bring some South American heat into your concept, combining recipes from across the Americas with interesting materials, punchy colours and striking patterns to provide the perfect backdrop to party.

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