The finest traders in Britain (and beyond) have been cooking up a storm to win the British Street Food Awards since 2010, but this year they’re being joined by live music curated by Universal Music, street food crazy golf, live reviews of the food pages from some of the best journalists in the country and the world’s first aroma DJ – at the British Street Food Festival.
The British Street Food Festival will be setting up shop in some of the country’s most perfect ‘found’ places. Whether it’s under a circus tent in Cardiff, by a barge of fireworks on the docks in Leeds or a mystery location on the Cornish coast, they will all be spectacular parties, with food and live music at their heart. The most exciting part is that this year the Food Festival will hit our very own Boiler Shop in Newcastle! Already known for it’s monthly Steamer events which are often sold out, the Street Food festival will see the hottest culinary talents from the UK all under one (amazing) roof in the glorious North East.
2015 is proving to be an exciting year for British Street Food, as they continue to grow the movement – franchising street food brands for London’s Euston Station (opening this spring), as well as running the world’s first street food mall at Leeds’ Trinity Kitchen. This year will also see organisers driving a street food roadshow across Scotland and the North of England with British Land, and later this year, taking over the country’s pub kitchens.
But the British Street Food Awards is where the exciting grass roots level stuff happens, it’s where we get to see new and emerging talent in this constantly growing arena. So, as well as new kids (like The Cake Doctor, who bakes and decorates his sponges in an ambulance, and a man who makes pizza on a bike), you can expect to see the very best from previous years. Including the overall winners of British Street Food Awards from the past four years who are back this year in an attempt to reclaim their crown.
“Everything about this year is a step up. The music will fold around everything that we’re trying to do. There’s new holes on the street food crazy golf, and the entertainment – from a beer/food matching experience to a high-end food quiz – will blow your mind.” – Richard Johnson, British Street Food Founder
If you’re not based in the North East then fear not, the British Street Food Festival will be touring the UK eventually stopping in London for the final in September. Each location will be fed by the best street food traders from Britain and beyond, competing for the British Street Food Awards. The public will be able to buy sharing plates from each of them, and then vote for their favourites on the British Street Food app. (available now in the App Store and Google Play)
……. And if you are in Newcastle, I’ll see you in the line for The Rib Man!
British Street Food Festival Locations and Dates 2015:
CENTRAL AND EAST HEAT: Oxford 1-4 May
WALES AND THE WEST HEAT: Cardiff 5-7 June
NORTH AND SCOTLAND HEAT: Newcastle 18-19 July
SOUTH HEAT: Cornwall 28-31 August
THE FINAL: London 25-27 September