For September 17/18
11-8pm on Saturday and 11-6pm on Sunday
Digbeth Dining Club,
Lower Trinity St
Tickets on sale here
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. Here’s a little reminder of what to expect.
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 – and vote for their winner. And this year we will be parking up at the Digbeth Dining Club – who have won our Best Street Food Event award twice in the last three years. They know what they’re doing. This weekend will be the stuff of legend.
Food? Yes. But this is a proper Festival. So we’re brewing up the world’s first street food craft beer – which will work alongside everything from tofu to tacos. It’s a session beer that we’ve matched (exhaustively) with BSFA alumni. And we’re launching it in Brum. Plus we’ve got LeftFoot DJs, JamJah Sound, Dead Pixels retro gaming and street art. And seminars on the future of food. The British Street Food Festival 2016 promises to be a bit special.
The finest traders in Britain (and beyond) have been cooking up a storm to win the Awards since 2010, but this year has been the best ever. We’ve set up shop in some of the country’s most perfect ‘found’ places – including Leeds Dock, an oyster festival in County Down and Blackheath Common. The Rainbow Arena, an old builder’s merchant yard adjacent to the disused railway line that runs through the heart of Digbeth, will take it to a new level.
We will release our full list of finalists after our last heat, in Belfast on September 3. Plus we’ll add in a few wild cards. The public will be able to buy sharing plates from each of them, and then vote for the People’s Choice (sponsored by NCASS). Nice. The public’s winner will then be announced on Sunday September 18, once their votes are counted, but a distinguished panel will decide on all the other Awards live on stage. You do not want to miss this.
SATURDAY September 17 11-8pm
Today is all about the party. Your chance to eat taster plates from the best street food traders in Britain. All day. They will be after your votes, so expect 1.deliciousness and 2.underhand tactics. We’ve seen it all….PLUS sets from Digbeth Dining Club’s finest DJs, street art, gaming from Dead Pixels – and special guests live on stage.
SUNDAY September 18 11-6pm
Today is all about the food. Another chance to eat taster plates from the best street food traders in Britain. All day. They will be after your votes, so expect 1.deliciousness and 2.underhand tactics. We’ve seen it all….PLUS sets from Digbeth Dining Club’s finest DJs, street art, gaming from Dead Pixels – and special guests live on stage.
We’ve also got some Awards to decide on.
Voting in the People’s Choice (sponsored by NCASS) 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 (founder of the British Street Food Awards) will be trying the two dishes entered by each trader. There are a series of different categories:
Best Main Dish (sponsored by Steelite)
Winners in each category PLUS winners of our Facebook vote for Best Looking Mobiler and Best Street Food Event will be announced on the stage at 2pm.
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 (sponsored by Santa Maria) AND the People’s Choice are announced live on stage.