As Hedonists will know, street food has been taking London and the UK by storm this year, with cookery vans popping up all over the place to satisfy in-the-know gourmands’ taste buds. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen (at 15 Westland Place, N1 7LP) is going to play host to this year’s British Street Food Awards on 15-16 September. The fest will showcase the best offerings from 16 of these mobile dining dispensers. Competitors will battle it out in eight categories, from breakfast to sandwiches and dessert.
Here’s a run down of some of the nominees to whet your appetite.
Well Kneaded Wagon
Kitted-out wagon with wood-burning oven to cook handmade ‘firebread’ (that’s 2012 speak for pizza). They’ll also be cooking a new Trealy Farm fennel salami, buffalo mozzarella and field mushroom combo at the festival. Often found around Battersea, Well Kneaded Wagon have stayed true to street foodism and move around a lot, but their FB page usually has info on where they’ll be.
These fishermen from Scotland will be wrestling (literally) willing souls with a commitment to seafood, and anyone who beats them will be biting into the Men’s crustacean creations for £0. Their stall keeps things traditional with oysters and moules marienire served mainly with chips. Based in Edinburgh, Mussel Men rove around serving fresh shellfish, mostly to festival-goers, all over the country. Their location updates can be found on the Mussel Men blog.
Ginger’s Comfort Food Emporium
Tallulah’s Raspberry Nipple is not a cocktail, but a very decadent gelato flavour from Ginger’s Comfort Food Emporium, an ice cream van for grown ups. Their concoctions include candied chestnut, vanilla and rosemary ice cream; a chocolate, red wine and spices flavour and their competition entry: Marble Brewery Malt Ice Cream With Cherry “Pop-Tart”. And we’ll certainly be stopping by to find out what, exactly, ‘Chorlton Crack’ is. Hedonists of Manchester, rejoice, for thine is the kingdom of Ginger! Disciples elsewhere will have to check out Ginger’s website for details of their destinations.
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Among the other vendors at the East London festival will be London-based Yum Bun, serving Taiwanese steamed delicacies; Spit and Roast, doing buttermilk chicken the gourmet way; Luardos, Mexican at it’s Mexican best; What the Dickens, for imperial plates; and Green Goat Food, giving us not goat, but fish, obviously.
Visiting from outside the M25 will be (among others) Katie and Kim, with a very competitive bacon sandwich; Café Mor for seafood on the wild side; and Hungry Gecko, serving Asian veggie dishes.
We reckon it’s going to be one crazy party, filled with gorgeously tasty morsels from all over the UK, along with delicious cocktails and live music. Doors open at 11am both days and the awards themselves will be presented at 5pm on Sunday. Tickets are £4, with 15% going to Jamie Oliver’s Better Food Foundation.