The British St Food Awards come to Leeds
PUBLISHED: 19:58 04 September 2014 | UPDATED: 19:58 04 September 2014
A look ahead to For The Love Of Food, the biggest festival of street food in the world
Street food is the most vibrant, exciting sector in British food right now, with young cooks turning out restaurant-quality menus at take-away prices.
The likes of Pitt Cue, Home Slice, Pizza Pilgrims and MEATliquor all began their lives on the street and Yorkshire itself has a vibrant street food scene.
For The Love Of Food is the biggest street food show the world has ever seen, over one weekend in September, the finest traders will be cooking up a storm to win the public’s vote in the British Street Food Awards.
But they’ll be doing it alongside street food crazy golf, artists at work, vintage caravans on ‘the Yorkshire village green’, robot making, chef demos with celebrity chefs and street food big wigs, reggae sound systems, live reviews of the newspapers from top journalists at the Independent on Sunday, and one truly amazing live music performance…
Entrance to For The Love Of Food – which runs from September 26– 28 in Leeds – will include tasters of craft beer and smoothies chosen specially to match the traders’ menus. The street food masters – travelling from as far afield as Stockholm, Stuttgart and Stonebeck Down – will all be dishing up exclusives for the British Street Food Awards.
The end-of-season bash comes at an exciting time for British Street Food. They have been curating the craziest, most exciting street food scheme ever – lifting vans, trucks and trailers onto the first floor of the upmarket Trinity Leeds, while Trinity Kitchen will be co-hosting a VIP launch party for the Awards with Cauldron Foods and NCASS.
British Street Food are also busy developing street food ‘brands’. They are advising SSP, the international food and travel company, about traders with the ambition to move into permanent premises.
And, in an effort to future-proof the street food revolution, the British Street Food team have just launched the app for iPhones and Android to showcase the best in street food. With live GPS maps showing who’s trading where and when, it details the daily specials of the best traders, and encourages punters to photograph – and review – food, helping to involve everyone in the street food community. The app’s rating system will produce the world’s first street food Top 10. (You will also be able to vote for choice of winner in the awards via the app)
For the Love of Food takes place in Millennium Square, Leeds on September 26– 28