The British Street Food Awards ended with a bang!

Posted · 3rd October 2014
Couple enjoying their food at The British Street Food Awards
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The Grand Final of the British Street Food Awards

Row upon row of brightly coloured vans occupying the street, enticing aromas of multicultural food filling the air and the people of Leeds basking in the sun, brandishing drinks in one hand and delicious snacks in the other. It can only mean one thing – the exciting grand final of the British Street Food Awards. As sponsors of this year’s best snack category, we eagerly headed down to the event to try out the delectable snacks and to cheer on the contestants.

When it came to sampling the food, we were well and truly spoilt for choice.

tasty street food wrap
Nordic Street Food Chanterelle Wrap

Nordic Street Food

We were immediately drawn to this Nordic Chanterelle wrap from Nordic Street Food. This delicacy contained Swedish chanterelles, sour cabbage with parsley, pickled red onions, sour cream and vesterhavs cheese. Yummy!

Ahimsa

Whilst walking around and taking in the atmosphere of the day, we were attracted to the pink effervescence of Ahimsa, with its abundance of appetising Indian inspired snacks. All vegetarian too! It was so hard to choose from the list of options but we finally decided on this tasty Sarson saag tofu khati roll, and we weren’t disappointed! With vibrantly spiced tofu, spinach and mustard greens, slow cooked with spices, ginger and garlic wrapped in a soft Indian bread, it was a treat for the taste buds.

Buddha Belly

Another great snack we couldn’t resist was the creamy vegan yellow curry from Buddha Belly. A delightful blend of roasted cumin and coriander seeds, butternut squash, bamboo shoots, courgettes and cauliflower.

Buddha Belly food

After hours of exploring and tasting with satisfied bellies, we took a seat and prepared for the awards to commence. The excitement from the crowds was palpable and here’s the winning moment of the best snack category, captured on camera. Congratulations Fresh Rootz and their delicious pakoras!

Fresh Rootz

Who are Fresh Rootz?

Fresh Rootz was founded two years ago and is the brainchild of Spud and Brooksey who got their inspiration from backpacking around the world and gathering the best vegetables, herbs and spices for experimentation. The guys started out at Stratford market and have never looked back. They only use fresh seasonal produce to make every tasty organic snack, so well done guys! You can find out more about Fresh Rootz on Twitter

Before heading off, we caught up with the founder of the British Street Food Awards, Richard Johnson, to get his thoughts on British street food this year:

“It has been an amazing success; Leeds made us feel very welcome. Everyone has been trying everything, with a very strong vegetarian contingent taking place. British street food has never been in a stronger position. The competition was hotly contested and choosing a winner was like asking a barber to choose his favourite son. We had four judges and we tasted everything, 42 dishes over an hour and I’m never going to eat again…until tomorrow!”

If, like us, you want to carry on the street food celebrations, why not try out some of our carefully selected street food recipes, free to download here.

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