Tickets For The Final
It’s here. The grand final of the 2022 British Street Food Awards – part of the biggest street food competition in the world – is FINALLY coming back to London. And early bird tickets to get involved in the weekend are on sale HERE. After a summer of qualifying heats, 12 finalists from all over the UK will be parking up in Hackney Bridge, the cool canal-side space in East London, and cooking to be crowned Britain’s BEST on Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.
The entry ticket gets you a casting vote, a free ice-cold Cobra or a rescued fruit mocktail from Surplus 2 Purpose AND entry to the BSFA’s exclusive Street Food Start-Up seminar on Saturday at 3pm, with speakers from NCASS, Big Apple Hot Dogs and Sessions food halls. With a celebrity judging panel that includes cook book authors Sophie Ellis Bextor and her guitarist husband Richard Jones, food writer and actor Fay Ripley PLUS Hackney’s two Michelin star chefs – Tom Brown from Cornerstone and Andy Beynon from Behind – this promises to be an UNMISSABLE weekend.
A British Street Food Award is a prize that genuinely changes lives. Wingmans, big winners at the BSFA and the ESFA in 2017, recently opened up their third ‘proper’ restaurant – in Hoxton. MEATliquor, who won at the Awards back in 2009 – now have 12 of the things. Bao have five. BSFA winners go places. Literally. This year the BSFA champion will be going to Germany to compete in the grand final of the 2022 European Street Food Awards in Munich.
Alongside the usual Awards, such as People’s Choice, Best Burger and Best Vegetarian, there will be new Awards this year – including the Spice Award, sponsored by Cobra, and the Future Food Legend Award, sponsored by Sessions. There are public votes for Best Food Hall and The Best Looking, which is a public vote for the UK’s coolest van, truck or trailer sponsored by Majisign. The Best Main Dish is sponsored by Thomas Franks and Surplus 2 Purpose, and the Sustainability Award is sponsored by the Sustainable Restaurant Association. All the winners announced on Sunday!
Food Mutiny – the company behind the Awards in Britain – have been running Awards in 16 European countries this summer, and will launch the USA Street Food Awards in the Autumn. “We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more” says Richard Johnson, award-winning food writer and the founder of Food Mutiny. “We want a bit of this and a bit of that. Flirty, low-commitment dining. Plus it’s inclusive. And in a world like ours, that’s a positive message right now.”
British Street Food Awards
Launched in 2009, the British Street Food Awards is all about recognising the best of the 10,000 new food heroes who are selling food on our streets. Contact for British Street Food Awards: [email protected]
Founded by Dan Warne (former MD Deliveroo), Sessions is a UK start-up focused on championing the next generation of talent within the food industry. Sessions gives a voice to independent food talent and enables them to accelerate their growth through their cross-channel approach, which encompasses both virtual and retail spaces. These platforms include physical food halls, high street venues and virtual host kitchens.
Majisign is a UK-based manufacturer and retailer of wooden display products, including pavement signs, A-boards, chalkboards, menu holders, poster frames and other bespoke items. Majisign is also a large format digital printing expert and produces large signs & banners for bars, restaurants, shops and business premises. From a chat on the phone, a written idea in an email, a scribble on a piece of paper to detailed drawings and planned campaigns, we work with sole traders and global companies to produce perfect products.
Brewed for a smooth, sophisticated taste Cobra Beer is made using a unique blend of barley, maize, rice and three hops. This complex recipe, combined with the lower level of carbonation that is used to during the brewing process, produce a smooth-tasting, sophisticated beer. Ideal with spiced food.
Sustainable Restaurant Association
From a modest start in 2010, when two restaurateurs and a pair of sustainability experts launched the not-for-profit organisation with 50 founder members, the SRA now work across 11,000 member sites. These cover a smorgasbord of foodservice businesses, from high end to high street, from street-food staples to workplace canteens, from independent cafés to Michelin-starred restaurants. Tom Tanner from the SRA notes the sustainability challenges for street food traders getting up and running again: “Keeping a lid on single use plastic whilst ensuring diner safety has been a tough line to navigate, alongside ensuring minimal food waste despite fluctuating footfall, whilst not relying on go-to British Summer classics such as burgers, which carry a high carbon footprint. We know bottom lines are tight – but it’s also not the moment for traders to rely on cheap, poorly produced ingredients, which leaves the more sustainable suppliers out of the industry’s recovery”. The SRA will be looking for a winner who has continued to push their sustainability ethos upon trading again.
Surplus To Purpose and Thomas Franks
Surplus To Purpose (SToP) is an environmental enterprise which specialise in the interception of surplus food destined for waste. This produce may be past Best Before, suffered accidental damage or surplus to requirements. Thomas Franks is a unique, contract caterer with a passion for fresh food, professionally presented through excellent service. Double Catey award winner 2022.