Camper van conversion brings real Turkish delights to Wilmslow
ACOUPLE have set up a street food van selling community driven food after becoming fed up with mass produced products.
Former Wilmslow High School student Ryan Aylwin and partner Claire Patterson have launched ‘Stomping Grounds’, a street food venture selling deli style food using only locally sourced ingredi- ents. The pair, who met while working at Quarry Bank Mill, have converted their camper van, ‘Percy’, into The Little Turkish/ English deli, which they take to the borough’s artisan markets.
Ryan, 28, a former personal trainer from Alderley Edge, said: “Claire likes local, sustainable food and coming from the health and nutrition business means healing and traditional food has always appealed to me.
“We want to know it’s healthy with no additional pesticides.”
The venture is a dream come true for Claire, 31, who grew up in Macclesfield and trained to be a chef at Macclesfield College and Quarry Bank Mill.
Claire, who lived in Turkey for five years, uses Turkish influences to put a twist on the classic English picnic theme with signature treats such as the Bazlama wrap, consisting of Turkish bread like a soft white English muffin, with a sweet or savoury filling. Ryan added: “We eventually want to have a group of vans with food influenced by its chefs’ stomping grounds.’’
The Little Turkish / English deli will set up shop on Green Street behind the Silk Road every Thursday and Friday from April 23, 8am – 1.30pm.
Claire Patterson from Stomping Grounds in the couple’s Turkish-English deli van.