The Europeans are coming. The biggest street food festival the world has ever seen, with traders cherry-picked from all across the continent, is taking place in London’s Dalston Yard on the weekend of September 28/29. And the Great British public will get to taste – and vote on – everything.
This year the British Street Food Awards, supported by Trinity Kitchen, are going all European. Throw in a tanker of craft beer to the mix, a hawker or two, a dash of northern soul, some festival cocktails and a dose of life-changing vibes, and you've got the recipe for the best weekend anytime anyplace anywhere. Go boom yourself.
The tattoo artist from Stockholm is coming in his pink El Taco truck. And the coolest traders from France will be there, cooking up lamb in honey, with a Paris-Brest milk shake. And praline. There’s toast-as-art from Brussels and seasonal low country soups from Amsterdam. The Germans are bringing the Kässpatzen. And a dream team of Italians are bringing the offal. It’s all served out of classic vans, trucks and trailers, as they battle it out to be voted European champion.
But our boys – and girls – are ready. The Big Push will be led by a caravan from Kent making sponge cake, and an ex-army Field Kitchen making the best of ingredients foraged from the Scottish countryside. Plus a table of sushi. From Dorset. There will be a range of naturally-fermented sodas made from late summer’s harvest, and ‘aguas frescas’ from Sheffield. With snow cones from 13-year-old Stan, Britain’s youngest street food trader. But is it enough?
The big guns are there in support. The British street food establishment – Street Kitchen, Big Apple Hot Dogs and Manjit’s Kitchen – as well as the winners of last year’s British Street Food Awards, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – are turning up mob handed with brand new menus to try and keep the Awards in Britain. Each trader will have an Awards exclusive.
In the midst of all the rivalry, there will be music as well as things to buy, things to try and things to see. And London's best craft beers, a horse box that bakes bread on site, an artisan ice lolly maker with his own ice lolly machine, and pulled pork from a caravan. But we don't want to spoil all the surprises.