Feature – Street Food Spotlight – Toston Tolon
The third in our Street Food Spotlight series sheds light on Venezuelan street food collective Toston Tolon.
1. How did the idea for Toston Tolon come about?
We moved from Venezuela to the UK in 2011, as we made friends we shared our cuisine with them. Having received amazing compliments for the food, we thought it would be a good business opportunity to take our food to the streets and spread the word about our gastronomic delights within the British community. In our humble opinion Venezuelan food is not only exquisite but extremely unique and varied. For those that try it will find themselves delighted even those with the most diverse of palates.
2. What are your main influences?
Venezuelan cooking is an expressive blend of indigenous and colonial styles and ingredients encompassing the now famous Venezuelan street food. We found our selves inspired by our family members that have passed down their recipes love and traditions, making our food what it is today.
3. What’s your signature street food dish?
The Arepa, a gluten free cornmeal pattie that can’t be compared with anything else out there, its fluffy like a cake but with the cheeky intentions of being a bread which we stuff it with our traditional slow cooked pulled beef then add sweet fried ripe plantain, slow cooked black beans made from scratch and cheddar cheese (not Venezuelan but hey!, its a bit hard to bring fresh “queso blanco” from my home town). People have a choice of different meats as sometimes we offer pulled pork (Yum!) or shredded chicken. The food is made with love and the ingredients are fresh, can’t go wrong with that!
4. If you had to sum up your street food in three words, what would they be?
Unique, traditional and artisan
5. Where can we find you?
You can find us at Street Diner on Fridays from 11 am to 3 pm, a market that runs at Brighthelm Gardens on Queens Road. From May the 31th we will do Saturdays at Street Diner too, we also do pub pop ups which vary all the time. At the moment we are booked to do the 16th and the 30th of May at The Marlborough Pub.
Are you a local street food trader? Want to be featured in the next Street Food Spotlight series? Say hello via the Contact Page.