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The European Street Food Awards


Inaugural Awards

British Street Food Awards' founder, Richard Johnson on the forthcoming European Street Food Awards:

 “Europe is in the grip of a street food revolution. All across the continent, traders are taking traditional street foods – whether it’s banitsa in Bulgaria, gelato in Italy or churros in Spain – and repurposing them for a new generation. The streets are becoming a laboratory for new food ideas. But which country does it best? At the inaugural European Street Food Awards in September, we’ll find out.

All this summer, the main street food countries in Europe will be holding massive food fights, at the coolest festivals, to choose their champions. The public will get to try every competitor’s food and vote for their favorite’s. The winners, plus a few wild cards chosen by industry experts, will then compete in Berlin for the European title.

The heats will be in Denmark (Copenhagen Street Food), Germany (Bite Club and the Street Food Guild), Spain (Eat Street), Italy (The STREEAT® Food Truck Festival), Sweden (the Nordic Food Truck Championships), France (Bistronomie Club) and Britain (the British Street Food Awards) – with more countries joining every day.

The ESFAs

The ESFAs were the idea of the team behind the British Street Food Awards. Founded back in 2010, the BSFAs are deemed to be the toughest in the world, with five regional heats culminating in a live, national cook-off, judged by the general public and Michelin-starred chefs. Ironic that, in the year of Brexit, the British are now desperate to get back IN to Europe. “

Street food is taking over” says Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “And that’s because we are choosing to eat in different ways. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining, and it’s why pop-ups and street food have become so popular. It’s a much nicer way to eat.” Britain isn’t the centre of everything -- whatever the British might like to tell you.

So, for the inaugural ESFAs, the national champions will drive from all four corners of the continent to park up by the water for a weekend in Berlin. At Bite Club – street food innovators with a genius for pop-up food in unusual places. Expect DJs, food seminars and fire pits. And a floating bar.

Voting

Voting at the finals will be on the new European Street Food app, launching in April, which will showcase the best street food on the continent. With live GPS maps showing who’s trading where and when, it will also contain the latest news stories from a top team of street food journalists, and allow punters to vote for their winners at Bite Club.

“The next step is to form a European team to take on the Americans” says Johnson. “Take a container ship to New York, full of our very best traders, and compete on the streets of Manhattan. Then it’s the Far East. This new way of eating is all about coming together and sharing food – in a world like ours, that feels like a positive message right now.”

Notes to editors: The European Street Food Awards will be the world’s biggest food fight, where the continent’s democratically-elected top traders compete to win YOUR vote – and win the title Best of the Best. With DJs, firepits and game-changing cocktails.”

September 30th 12 – 10pm October 1st 12 – 6pm Bite Club Enter at MS Hoppetosse Eichenstrasse 4 12435 Berlin Contact European Street Food Awards:

Richard Johnson +447976603098 richard@britishstreetfood.co.uk

Contact Bite Club: Miranda Zahedieh +4917684826536 miranda@biteclub.de

About The Founders:
The ESFAs comes at an exciting time for the team behind the Awards. They are still curating the craziest, most exciting street food scheme ever – to LIFT vans, trucks and trailers onto the first floor of the upmarket Trinity Leeds, the new retail destination in the north of England. Plus they are developing street food ‘brands’ for Euston station in London. And putting traders into pubs all over the UK with their Pub Takeover.

About Bite Club:
Berlin is defined by its freewheeling nature and it’s that sense of fun that’s at the core of Bite Club. Bite Club was launched in August 2013 at their beautiful Kreuzberg riverside site next to Badeschiff, rolling out twice a month on Friday nights. For the European Street Food Awards they will be inviting diners aboard the vintage Hoppetosse boat, with its magnificent view of the cityscape and set the tone of the evening with a curated music stage.

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