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Nottingham to host Midlands round of British Street Food Awards

This year there will be six regional heats culminating in a live, national cook-off judged by the general public and a stellar line-up of judges.

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British Street Food Awards – 2020 has been a rough year for hospitality. 

The event takes place at Sneinton Market

Leading street food awards head to Nottingham this Bank Holiday Weekend (August 29 / 30 / 31 for Midlands heat of national competition

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Informally, in the open air – or big high-ceilinged warehouses. Not at cramped tables in restaurants. Street food is the food people want to eat right now – served up in the way people want to eat it.

The British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s is part of the biggest street food competition in the world and it’s coming to Nottingham.

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 second ‘proper’ restaurant – in Soho.

MEATliquor, who won at the Awards back in 2009 – now have 12 of the things. BSFA winners go places. But only when they’ve won through the BSFA heats – and this year they’re in some of the coolest street food arenas in the country.

This year there will be six regional heats culminating in a live, national cook-off judged by the general public and a stellar line-up of judges.

British Street Food Awards (Central heat) 28/29/30 August – Street Food Club, Nottingham

British Street Food Awards (South heat) 19/20 September – Blue Collar Street Food, Reading

Welsh Street Food Awards 26/27 September – Street Food Circus, Cardiff

British Street Food Awards (Northern heat) 2/3 October – Grub, Manchester

Scottish Street Food Awards 9/10/11 October – The Pitt, Edinburgh

British Street Food Awards (the final) 16/17 October – Hawker House, London

During the virus, traders have evolved their menus, trimmed any fat and pivoted their businesses to survive. So it makes sense that the 2020 British Street Food Awards supported by Hellmann’s will be the most sustainable ever with a zero-waste final. 2020 will see the return of the Award for the Most Sustainable trader, sponsored by Hellmann’s, with the winner selected by a panel of judges drawn from a shortlist of the highest scoring traders in a survey audited by the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Hellmann’s and British Street Food are working together to reduce food waste, and in 2020 will join the organisers, along with NCASS and Eighth Plate, in ensuring that the BSFA finals are a zero waste event. “Hellmann’s helps people to enjoy good, honest food for the simple pleasure it is – without worry or waste” says xxxx from Hellmann’s. “We believe that good food shouldn’t cost the earth, which is why we champion the use of sustainably sourced ingredients and are on a journey to help reduce food waste. We look forward to meeting the many traders at the Awards who share our values.”

Food Mutiny – the company behind the Awards in Britain and Europe –  will launch the USA Street Food Awards next year. “It’s been a long ten years since we launched” says Richard Johnson, founder of the BSFAs. “And we’ve seen changes. Irreversible changes. We don’t want a fixed starter-main course-dessert menu any more – we want a bit of this and a bit of that. It’s flirty, low-commitment dining. Plus it’s inclusive. And in a world like ours, that’s a positive message right now.”

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