The annual awards champion the street food scene’s class acts across Britain and Northern Ireland. The very best traders will gather for the finals at the Rainbow Arena, Digbeth, Birmingham, on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September to cook up a storm for the judges and festival goers, against a street scene of live music, street art, and 8-bit gaming, with the victors revealed on Sunday.
The finalists will be judged across various categories, including ‘Best Main’, sponsored by Steelite International. Festival goers will vote for the People’s Choice award. The winner of the ultimate judges’ prize, ‘Best of the Best’, sponsored by Santa Maria, can look forward to a month of pitches at a Street Feast Market.
Experts from the food world will do the judging, including Michelin-starred chefs Simon Hulstone and Brad Carter, Daily Telegraph food columnist Xanthe Clay, and British Street Food Awards founder Richard Johnson.
For festival goers, the chance to sample the finalists’ signature dishes comes with a pulsating party atmosphere. LeftFoot DJs, JamJah Sound, Dead Pixels retro gaming and street artists provide the entertainment, and revelers can enjoy the launch of the world’s first street food craft beer and a roundtable with the judges, to talk the ‘Future of Food’.
Awards judge Simon Hulstone says: “As a chef I’m always on the lookout for fresh inspiration and the British Street Food Awards are a great platform for innovators and entrepreneurs who are passionate about food. I tasted some fantastic dishes in the Bristol heat and I can’t wait to see what’s on offer at the final.”
Eimear Owens, country sales manager – UK & Ireland at Santa Maria Foodservice says: “Back in 2014, we launched the first ever street food insight report that looked at the vibrant scene, and its impact on what consumers want to eat out of home.
“Fast forward two years and we’ve captured the evolution of street food and its surge in popularity in our “What’s next in street food?” report. Street food’s spice revolution is here to stay, as consumers seek out bold, authentic, and adventurous flavours.”
Street food is set to be the driving force behind the next wave of casual dining brands in the wake of success stories MEATLiquor and Pizza Pilgims. British Street Food Awards sponsors, Steelite International, has unique insight into the move from street to seat, with its Restaurant Startup Guide.
Heather Lovatt, head of marketing at Steelite International comments: “We’ve seen the phenomenal impact of street food on the eating out market in the UK, as we work to supply tableware to restaurants up and down the country.
“Street food traders are today’s most influential trend tastemakers. And the most exciting concepts of tomorrow will have their roots in street food too. For traders with an eye on bricks and mortar, the foodservice insight in our Restaurant Startup Guide will give them the best possible start under their own roof.”
To find out more about the British Street Food Awards, visit: www.britishstreetfood.co.uk/festival and www.facebook.com/britishstreetfood. Find them on Twitter @BritStreetFood
To buy tickets for the British Street Food Awards and Festival, visit https://ticketlist.co.uk/event/100360/.