This year they took place on September 26-28 — in the gracious, architectural Millennium Square, slap bang in the heart of Leeds. It was the right place for history to happen. Street food used to be a cool, skinny-trousered thing that you only found in the coolest parts of East London. Not any more. On this sceptered isle of ours, it’s everywhere. In last year’s British Street Food Awards, the prize for Best Street Food Collective went to Bristol – and the Best Street Food Event went to Birmingham. Which is why, for the 2014 British Street Food Awards, supported by Trinity Kitchen, we wanted to make sure we reflected the truly national nature of what’s going on out there. So, for the first time, we held regional heats (see below) with the winner (determined by a public vote on the new British Street Food app) getting a Golden Ticket — a guaranteed place to compete in the finals.
The finals – that have become an end-of-season institution since the Awards were founded back in 2009 – showcased the very best street food talent from across the entire European continent. There was the solar chef from Helsinki. Plus the nutritionist from Vienna. But to keep things fresh, this year we joined forces with the brand spanking new festival For The Love Of Food. The end result was the biggest (and best) street food carnival the world has ever seen. The traders still cooked up a storm to win the public’s vote in the British Street Food Awards. But they did it alongside street food crazy golf, artists at work, vintage caravans on ‘the Yorkshire village green’, reggae sound systems, live reviews of the newspapers from top journalists at the Independent on Sunday, and one truly AMAZING live music performance…
Here were the categories for the 2014 British Street Food Awards:
Best of the Best (sponsored by Trinity Kitchen)
The People’s Choice (sponsored by Chino Latino)
Best Main Dish (sponsored by NCASS)
Best Snack (sponsored by Cauldron Foods)
Best Overseas Trader
Best Newcomer – One To Watch
Best Looking Mobiler (sponsored by the Queen’s Hotel)
Best Street Food Collective
Best Street Food Event (sponsored by Liquitex)
And here’s the run-down of those regional heats:
The Central Heat, in Birmingham, on May 2 was a top night.
The West and Wales Heat, in Bristol, on May 10 was one heck of a day.
We will forever remember the South Heat, in Brighton, on June 14 https://twitter.com/StreetDiner,
The North Heat, in Manchester, on June 14 was proper http://www.guerrillaeats.co.uk/bsfa
The London Heat, in London, was a triumph on July 19 with Kerb.
The East Heat, in Norwich, rocked East Anglia on July 31
The Scottish Heat, in Edinburgh, was a Festival of a different kind. On August 30, seven inspirational traders served up something really special.