After touring the UK for the regional heats, The British Street Food Awards are now opening up the vote for the most coveted award in street food, to the most important judges of all - the public. This year's awards will be taking place at Digbeth Dining Club, two time winners of Best Street Food Event.
This year's event is set to be a fully fledged festival with live music from LeftFoot DJs, JamJah Sound and Dead Pixels, as well as retro gaming and street art; we'll also be premiering the world's first street food craft beer, courtesy of UBREW - as if the incredible street food on offer wasn't enough!
Here we whet our appetite in anticipation of what's sure to be an incredible weekend, by taking a look at this year's finalists and the delicious street eats they'll be serving up on the day. They'll be competing for YOUR vote - with beer buckets, live music and food quizzes.
Since its inception in 2014, Bangers & Bacon have been delighting diners with their interesting, quirky dishes and plentiful portion sizes. The brainchild of James and Heather of Bobby's Bangers fame and Flavours Founds' Richard, Bangers & Bacon has gone from strength to strength and was recently featured on The Hairy Bikers' new BBC2 programme, Chicken and Egg.
Sai has been cooking her whole life, and it shows. After making it to the final 24 of Masterchef, she was inspired to try and make a career selling authentic, Thai street food. And we're so glad she did. Using secret family recipes, Sai created a menu which has won countless awards and is constantly being developed, with a little inspiration from her native Thailand. We're counting the days until we are able to eat her infamous homemade sweet & sour sauce again.
Travelling around London in their beloved Choroni Bus, JOJOTO Ltd have been bringing authentic Venezuelan street eats to the capital since 2012. Their food is a mouth watering explosion of Latin American flavour, with a signature tropical twist. Making Arepas from scratch daily in their treasured Citroen HY Van - their place in the finals is incredibly well deserved.
Not only are they one of the most coveted street vendors in the South East, having just enjoyed an absolutely jam packed summer of events - they are also one of the most sustainable caterers on the NCASS books - Eat The Farm are committed to sourcing all of their ingredients direct from farmers and producers in Kent. Catch them in their yellow VW Campervan, creating some of the most incredible, authentic, American style burgers we have ever had the pleasure of eating. (And we've eaten a few.)
These guys recently placed in the People's Choice top 3 UK traders, and if you've ever had the (very real) pleasure some of tasting their incredible "Indian-ish" food, then you'll know why. Not only is Ash one of the friendliest mobile caterers we've ever met, more than living up to his 'cheeky' title - he also happens to create some of the freshest, most aesthetically pleasing street food there is. We'll be heading up the queue for one of their infamous Indian wraps. Nomnomnom.
Street food and private catering duo, Dosa Deli have taken inspiration from their travels in Asia to create dosas whose magnificence has ensured their presence at some of the biggest foodie festivals in the world, to include Glastonbury and Womad. Not only is their food offering incredible, they are also passionate about sustainability and good animal husbandry - reassuring the carnivores amongst us that it is in fact possible to create flavourful, exciting, meat-free dishes. Hear hear.
At The British Street Food Awards in 2011, these guys were crowned 'Best of the Best' and now they're back to see if they can clinch a second award. With a permanent residency at Freshwater West beach in South Pembrokeshire, they are notorious in their native Wales as well as on the street food scene the length and breadth of the UK as the result of their (always) fresh fish and renowned Welshman's caviar. They are also leading the way for sustainability in the industry as one of only two mobile food outlets in the UK to power their kitchens using solar and wind energy. We couldn't be happier to see these guys and their humble beach shack in the finals - miss out on their caviar at your peril.
After years of working as a chef in gourmet restaurants throughout the UK, Chris decided it was time for a change. Inspired by the street food revolution, Chris had the idea to bring restaurant quality, gourmet food to the masses via his pop-up. Shoot The Bull has been a resounding success and has invited some truly enviable reviews - be sure to stop by the pop-up at the awards to try some of their locally sourced, dynamic food to find out why.
Meat maestro Tony brought high-end gastro barbecuing to the street food scene and hasn't looked back since. He has been delighting diners with his incredible menu at events throughout the UK this summer, inviting rave reviews on social media. Always delicious, hearty and flavourful - Man Meat Fire's creation is the ultimate comfort food - notwithstanding their generous portion sizes, you are always left wanting just a little bit more. Kudos, Tony.
This family Caf (caf not café) has gone from strength to strength since frying up their first bacon butty in Soho in 2005! The infamous bright yellow cafe where it all began is still going strong today, in addition to several others in and around London and Brighton, all of them completely unique. Their brunches have cured countless hangovers - possibly even those created by their own award winning cocktails. Not only is their food offering delicious - The Breakfast Club customer service is second to none, welcoming grandmas, hipsters and boy bands alike.
The Bristol heats of The British Street Food Awards saw Smokin Lotus and The Breakfast Club come in joint first place, ensuring both businesses' place in the finals. Smokin Lotus have taken the street food scene by storm over the last year as the result of one woman's undying commitment to 'fire, meat and Asian BBQ.' Not only is their food offering consistently outstanding, they also source all of their ingredients from London butchers and stockists - ensuring fresh, quality produce whilst also supporting local businesses.
Having lived in countries the world over, the Le Bao team were so inspired by the foods they experienced on their travels, that they decided to set up their own street food business. By their own admission 'some of the best food we have tasted has been on the streets' and thus they sought to bring their own treasured experiences to foodies here in the UK. Their Taiwanese Baos are always exquisite, always fresh and always authentic - the perfect homage to the street foods which inspired their (deservedly) successful venture. Be sure to drop by at the festival for one of their signature Gua Baos.
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