After one massive road trip, tracking down the best street food in the four regional heats for the 2016 British Street Food Awards, the public will finally get to try it all. This weekend. In Birmingham!
Awards founder Richard Johnson says “The British Street Food Festival will be the ultimate expression of what we do. The very best traders from all across the UK, gathered together in one place for your finger lickin’ pleasure. They will compete for YOUR vote — with live music, beer buckets, food quizzes, fire pits and #vibes unbounded. “
So here’s what you can expect.
Saturday 17 September 11am-8pm
Today is all about the party. Your chance to eat taster plates from the best street food traders in Britain who will be after your votes. Plus sets from Digbeth Dining Club’s finest DJs, street art, gaming from Dead Pixels and special guests live on stage.
Sunday 18 September 11am-6pm
Today is all about the food. Another chance to eat those taster plates, with a backdrop of Digbeth Dining Club’s finest DJs, street art, gaming from Dead Pixels.
Voting in the People’s Choice will continue all day. But the judging panel kick off at 11am. Xanthe Clay (President, Guild of Food Writers and Daily Telegraph food columnist), Simon Hulstone (Michelin-starred chef at the Elephant) and Richard Johnson will be trying the two dishes entered by each trader.
There are a series of different categories:
- Best Sandwich
- Best Burger
- Best Main Dish
- Best Vegetarian
- Best Snack
- Best Dessert
Winners in each category plus winners of the Facebook vote for Best Looking Mobiler and Best Street Food Event will be announced on the stage at 2pm.
Fingers crossed for the two Brummie finalists – Baked in Brick and Buddha Belly!
2pm Roundtable on The Future of Food, featuring Xanthe Clay, Simon Hulstone and Richard Johnson.
3.45pm Judges’ table. The judges will try all the category winners live on stage and try to choose their overall winner — the Best of the Best (sponsored by Santa Maria).
4pm The Best Of The Best and the People’s Choice are announced live on stage.
The 2016 British Street Food Awards take place at the Rainbow Arena, Digbeth, Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. Tickets from £5