The Challenge

Rob and Charlotte had booked the Tithe Barn in Petersfield, one of the most beautiful and atmospheric Barns in England. Built long ago of chalk quarried from the nearby South Downs, its pale walls rise up to vaulted arches spanning a space that has seen a thousand weddings.

Rob and Charlotte knew this and had set their hearts on attempting something they hoped had not been done before! No afternoon tea or three-course meal, not even a buffet would do. They chose instead to have a ‘Street Food Wedding’. They envisioned this as a fun-packed social day in which they and their guests interacted as they grazed from hawker stalls, each serving its own speciality.

Oh, and there was just one added twist to the food……… all had to be totally gluten-free!

On the day

The Vanilla Team really embraced this fun idea. Props were purchased to deck out each hawkers stall and staff wore costumes to match each foodie theme. Long trestle tables were set out, decked with decorations that ranged from mini cacti to pink flamingoes, echoing the foods being served. Guests sat where they liked and chopped and changed with the courses, so it was Seafood with the Smith’s, Taco’s with the Thomas’s, and Jerk Chicken with the Jones’s.

Fortunately for all concerned, this unconventional celebration proved to be a great hit with everyone, especially Rob and Charlotte.

Jerk stall

Jerk chicken thighs in ginger beer batter • Bourbon smoked pulled beef with caraway coleslaw, with jerk sweet potato wedges, with chilli mango aioli.


Tortilla chips guacamole, sour cream, jalapeños, and chilli pepper salsa.

Seafood Stall - Stand 1

Salmon and scallop St Jacques • Coconut butterfly king prawns with pineapple and cashew fried rice.

Asian - Stand 2

Chicken and peanut pad Thai rice • Gingered stir fried vegetables rice.

Mexican - Stand 3

Blue corn meal tortilla braised pork belly smashed fava beans grated cheese and green salsa • Roasted corn on the cob with sour cream chilli coriander and limes.

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