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Richard Johnson

Northern Powerhouse

We have previous with Leeds. We held the final of the 2013 British Street Food Awards in the city’s Millennium Square. And loved it. We set up Trinity Kitchen, the world’s first street food mall in the sky, where we would close roads and scissor lift traders in and out for every new rotation. And we held heats at the great Chow Down on Temple Arches. But our Northern heats at Leeds Dock, as part of the Waterfront Festival, have always been a very special memory. And we’re delighted to be going back to in 2023 to do it bigger – and better – than ever.

Featuring dragon boat racing (sponsored by The Canary Bar), a truck pull, kids rides and DJs sets from Released Records and Fearns, plus street culture from Speak To The Streets and Fresh Jive Events, this promises to be something special. Plus the Armouries, who have a weekend of events planned too, will be lending us their cobbles. With a celebrity judging panel (including Will Lockwood, the Michelin-starred chef from Roots in York and Jonathan Harris from the Yorkshire Food Guide) Рand YOU voting for the People’s Choice Рthis is certainly one NOT to miss.

Who will be the new King (or Queen) of the North? Going to London to try and win the final of the 2023 British Street Food Awards in August? Back a Yard jerk? Taco or Don’t and the Mexican Pilgrim for the taco and burrito crowd? Malaysian masters Syioklah from Sheffield? Plumpling dumplings from Desert Island Dumplings and Oi Dumplings? Hearty Portuguese fare from Mario’s Mobile Kitchen? Vegan fish and chips from Saving Nemo? Street food classics from Monster Grill and Twisted Kitchen? Hungarian flatbreads from The House of Langos? Or chaat with a twist from Rita’s Indian Kitchen? You decide.