WORK HARD. PLAY HARD: Bluegrass Bills


Normally this series is an interview, but when we asked Bluegrass Bills, a ‘hearty Southern street food’ startup we knew they’d bring their Southern charm. So they’ve made the format their own and this week we’re bringing you a story. 

Start-up projects and going it alone are a big talking point right now with a move away from faceless corporate jobs towards the dream of ‘making your stamp on your industry’. But what is it really like for a young adult trying to make their way in an ever-condensing market of food brands? Come sit ’round the metaphorical camp fire and find out, take it away Billy: 

Since I was born, every year without fail I have been spending a large part of my summer on holidays in my Grandmas old log cabin in the sticks of Canada having bonfires, fishing, water skiing, crawfishing, BBQ-ing, drinking whiskey, playing cards and getting into the groove at the local bluegrass festival … to name a few. With an American mum and a whole lot of friends and family in the Southern US too, these visits tie in nicely with road tripping around the Southern states, touring the small characteristic laid back towns, listening to live music, and eating the great American southern cuisine (if you can get past the mamma’s homemade cornbread). 

With all these good times – great music, good company, fantastic food, and craft beer to die for, I thought it can’t get much better than this, so wanted to bring these good times back to the UK. With the street food market scene getting ever more popular and busy in London, I wanted to take a step back from the hustle and bustle and take a more laid back approach, providing more of an friendly experience and festival style atmophsphere, creating that Southern hospitality easy vibe that make people smile when they eat, and stop to say howdy. Listening to the right music and creating that perfect atmosphere makes it go down even smoother. In other words … a bit more yeehaw.

With a passion for bluegrass feel good music (not all banjo plucking string instruments, but with a Lumineers / Mumford and Sons twist) and a nickname my Canadian friends gave me which was ‘Wild Bill’, Bluegrass Bills was born. As with most foodies who concentrate solely on the food, we like to look at the experience as a whole, from the moment you see our sign, to the knees up dance jig you do when you finish the food, making it a real ‘hoedown’ experience. We spend a good portion of our lives eating and drinking and socialising, so it is so important for our health and well being to take time over this, relax and enjoy the experience, like they do down south.

Thank you so much for talking to us and telling us about your experiences! You’ve made us home sick for somewhere we’ve never even been to!

Make sure to check out Bill’s here and make sure to try some of their food! It’s delicious.

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