This coming Bank Holiday weekend (August 29th – 31st) will see Falmouth’s Events Square come alive with colourful cuisine, sumptuous smells and award winning beers from Sharp’s Brewery, as the ‘British Street Food Awards’ roadshow, makes its debut in Cornwall. Positioned on Falmouth’s iconic marina, thirteen of the best street food traders from the south west region will be cooking up their signature dishes in the SW heat of the popular British Street Food Awards 2015, As a main sponsor of the awards, North Cornwall based Sharp’s Brewery is providing a free half pint for early birds* at the Festival as well as bringing its secret bar for adventurers to discover.
Based on the North Cornish coast, Sharp’s Brewery has been instrumental in driving the British Street Food Awards tour to Cornwall. Since July, Sharp’s has been a key sponsor at the British Street Food Awards serving up a specialist beer and food matching experience in cities including Leeds, Cardiff and Newcastle. As a result, Falmouth’s Events Square will be awash with mouth-watering aromas as the very best street food pioneers work side-by-side, offering tasty and affordable snacks alongside an array of Sharp’s Brewery’s award winning beers.
The free entry festival in Events Square will see locals and visitors tucking into a variety of street food from, amongst others, Cornwall’s Truly Crumptious, Inkie’s Smokehouse, The Shellfish Pig and Devon’s Tea N Toast.
The Festival will also see new artists from Universal Music’s family of labels, performing alongside local talent. Part of the Festival invites visitors to vote for the best street food vendor, paving the way for them to potentially win in the national final of the British Street Food Awards.
Ed Hughes, Sharp’s Brewery’s Beer Sommelier says, “The south west’s street food scene is becoming increasingly reputable, with sensational produce and some amazingly creative chefs in this region. The British Street Food Awards are the perfect events to showcase the culinary talent that we’ve got going on here and we’re as proud as punch to have played a key role in bringing this awesome event to Cornwall. We’re excited about people pairing our award-winning beers with these gastro delights on our home turf as well as giving them all the opportunity to discover our Sharp’s Secret Bar. We have been present at every heat and they have all been fantastic, but, nothing beats having a presence in our home county.”
Richard Johnson, founder of the British Street Food Festival and Awards says, “I founded the British Street Food Awards to show that British street food is hot stuff. Street food has been a massive trend abroad for years, from Bethlehem’s hole in the wall falafel shacks to Italy’s street pizza providers and the fish offerings on the Mandalay, but it’s only recently picked up force here in the UK. It’s a privilege to hold the south west heats in the gorgeous town of Falmouth. Falmouth is a foodie mecca, with so much culinary creativity and an abundance of quirky little eateries. We can’t wait to see what’s on offer in this phenomenal part of the country.”
Richard continues, “People should come along this Bank Holiday weekend to Falmouth with a big appetite and eat all you can — we’ve asked traders to do special £3 tasters to help with the sharing. And remember to download the British Street Food app on iPhone and Android for your smartphone before you leave the house, so you can vote for the People’s Choice while you’re on site.
The winners of the regional heats are determined by attendees at the Festival who can vote for their favourite at the event by downloading the British Street Food app, further details can be seen here: http://www.britishstreetfood.co.uk/app. Thus far, the public has chosen Happy Maki in Oxford, Patagonia in Cardiff and Riley’s Fish Shack in Newcastle. The winner of the south west heat will be announced on Monday August 31st at 2pm.
Winners of the vote, plus a few wild cards, will then go through to compete for a life-changing prize at the finals in London in September.