The Love Of Food Street Food Show

September 26-28 in Millennium Square, Leeds

For The Love Of Food is the biggest (and best) street food show the world has ever seen. Over one crazy weekend, in September, the finest traders will be cooking up a storm to win the public’s vote in the British Street Food Awards. But they’ll be doing it alongside street food crazy golf, artists at work, vintage caravans on ‘the Yorkshire village green’, robot making, chef demos with celebrity chefs and street food big wigs, reggae sound systems, live reviews of the newspapers from top journalists at the Independent on Sunday, and one truly AMAZING live music performance…

Entrance to For The Love Of Food – which runs from September 26–28 in Leeds – will include tasters of craft beer and smoothies (if we can blooming well find craft smoothies) chosen specially to match the traders’ menus. The street food masters – travelling from as far afield as Stockholm, Stuttgart and Stonebeck Down – will all be doing exclusives for the British Street Food Awards. Peacocking it’s called. All the public need to do is plan the best means of attack, and then vote for their winner.

The traders have already been through six regional heats. Al James at the Cauldron for instance won the West and Wales heat with his ‘nose to tail’ menu. Every Wednesday he works his way through a whole hog, salting, brining, smoking, mincing, curing and cooking to make sure none of the animal goes to waste. At the Awards, he’ll be parked up next to a horsebox serving Punjabi snacks. And a solar kitchen. From Helsinki.

Street food is the most vibrant, exciting sector in British food right now, with young cooks turning out restaurant-quality menus at take-away prices. It’s where the Gordon Ramsays and Heston Blumenthals of tomorrow are coming from. It’s why the most important restaurant openings in the last few years – Pitt Cue, Home Slice, Pizza Pilgrims and MEATliquor – began their lives on the street. When the British Street Food Awards roll into town, the world takes notice.

The end-of-season bash comes at an exciting time for British Street Food. They have been curating the craziest, most exciting street food scheme ever – LIFTING vans, trucks and trailers onto the first floor of the upmarket Trinity Leeds. Trinity Kitchen (who are sponsors of the 2014 British Street Food Awards) will be co-hosting a VIP launch party for the Awards with Cauldron Foods (sponsors of Best Snack) and NCASS (sponsors of Best Main Dish).

British Street Food are also busy developing street food ‘brands’. They are advising SSP, the international food and travel company, about traders with the ambition to move into permanent premises. Thanks to the collaboration with SSP, Ginger’s Comfort Emporium – winner of the British Street Food Awards in 2012 – set up in Manchester Airport. Other British Street Food traders are already lined up for Euston and beyond.

And, in an effort to future-proof the street food revolution, the British Street Food team have just launched the app for iPhones and Android to showcase the best in street food. With live GPS maps showing who’s trading where and when, it details the daily specials of the best traders, and encourages punters to photograph – and review – food, helping to involve everyone in the street food community. The app’s rating system will produce the world’s first street food Top 10.

To celebrate the 2014 Awards, and the collaboration with For The Love Of Food, the British Street Food team are also launching their new cake pop collaboration with Dina at Lottie’s Bakery in London. Now you’ll literally be able to ‘Eat the Street’, with cake pop burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches, sushi, doughnuts, ice cream, craft beer, cocktails, pizza and coffee.

Tickets to For The Love Of Food available
at from the beginning of August.